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COVID Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL) Relief Program Opens for Eligible Entities

Small California employers and non-profits that paid Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL) in 2022 can now apply for grants of up to $50,000 to reimburse them for COVID-19 related paid sick leave expenses. The Small Business and Nonprofit COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Relief Grant Program is available on a first-come, first-serve basis with limited availability. Eligibility is based on a tiered system determined by the total amount of COVID paid sick leave paid in 2022. Click here for article.

  • Eligibility Criteria:

  • Businesses must have begun operating before June 1, 2021, and currently be active.

  • They should employ between 26 and 49 employees and be registered as specific entity types, including corporations, LLCs, partnerships, or certain non-profit organizations.

  • Financial institutions, political lobbying groups, and out-of-state entities are not eligible for relief.

  • Reimbursement Process:

  • Employers need to document costs paid for employees’ COVID-19 SPSL incurred between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022.

  • Documentation includes payroll records and a signed affidavit attesting to employee count, along with organizing documents like tax returns and official filings with the Secretary of State.

  • Administration:

  • The SPSL grant program is administered by the Office of the Small Business Advocate through a lender named "Lendistry."

  • Lendistry is hosting informational webinars to guide eligible employers through the application process, covering eligibility requirements and documentation.

  • Application Process:

  • The application portal opened on June 1st, 2023, and grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • Employers should complete applications promptly to secure funding.

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