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Eligibility Requirements

For businesses

For nonprofits


For Businesses

How do I know if my business is eligible for funding?

Before applying, everyone must go through an eligibility screening process, which will determine whether or not their business is eligible to apply. If your organization is deemed eligible, then you will be automatically directed to the application. You can begin the eligibility screening and application process at https://www.placer.ca.gov/shares.

If you are deemed eligible, you will be automatically directed to the application. If you are deemed ineligible, you will not be able to proceed to the application. After reviewing the eligibility criteria below, please call Sierra Business Council at 530-264-5121 if you believe there has been a mistake in your eligibility process 

Eligibility requirements for businesses:

  1. Must be in one of the following sectors: 
    1. Hotels & Lodging
    2. Restaurants (full service, dine-in)
    3. Wineries, Bars, Breweries and Distilleries (providing onsite consumption)
    4. Hair Salons, Barbershops, and Personal Care Services
    5. Gyms & Fitness Centers
  2. Physical location outside of home in Placer County 
  3. In business on or prior to January 1, 2019
  4. 2019 gross annual revenue at least $1 million and no more than $5 million
  5. 10 to 50 employees (as of March 1, 2020 or, for seasonal businesses, at highest staffing level in 2019; full or part time; excluding independent contractors)
  6. Must have been profitable prior to March 1, 2020
  7. Must spend funds on eligible, COVID-related expenses
  8. Must be in good standing with no outstanding taxes, judgments, or liens in Placer County, the State of California, or the federal government
  9. The business is NOT one of the following types of ineligible businesses:
    1. Independent vacation home businesses such as Airbnb or VRBO
    2. Cannabis growers or related businesses
    3. Financial businesses primarily engaged in the business of lending, such as banks, finance companies, and factors (pawn shops, although engaged in lending, may qualify in some circumstances)
    4. Passive businesses owned by developers and landlords that do not actively use or occupy the assets
    5. Life insurance companies
    6. Businesses located in a foreign country (businesses in the U.S. owned by aliens may qualify)
    7. Pyramid sale distribution plans and multi-level marketing businesses
    8. Businesses deriving more than one-third of gross annual revenue from legal gambling activities
    9. Businesses engaged in any illegal activity
    10. Private clubs and businesses which limit the number of memberships for reasons other than capacity
    11. Government-owned entities (except for businesses owned or controlled by a Native American tribe)
    12. Businesses principally engaged in teaching, instructing, counseling or indoctrinating religion or religious beliefs, whether in a religious or secular setting
    13. Loan packagers earning more than one-third of their gross annual revenue from packaging SBA loans
    14. Businesses with a Principal who is incarcerated, on probation, on parole, or has ever been charged or convicted for a felony criminal offense
    15. Businesses in which the Lender or CDC, or any of its Associates owns an equity interest
    16. Businesses presenting live performances of a prurient sexual nature
    17. Businesses deriving directly or indirectly more than de minimis gross revenue through the sale of products or services, or the presentation of any depictions or displays, of a prurient sexual nature
    18. Unless waived by SBA for good cause, businesses that have previously defaulted on a Federal loan or Federally assisted financing, resulting in the Federal government or any of its agencies or Departments sustaining a loss in any of its programs, and businesses owned or controlled by an applicant or any of its Associates which previously owned, operated, or controlled a business which defaulted on a Federal loan (or guaranteed a loan which was defaulted) and caused the Federal government or any of its agencies or Departments to sustain a loss in any of its programs. For purposes of this section, a compromise agreement shall also be considered a loss
    19. Businesses primarily engaged in political or lobbying activities
    20. Speculative businesses (such as oil wildcatting)

Ineligible Criteria

What would make my business ineligible to apply for a grant?

Businesses that meet ANY of the following criteria are ineligible:

  • Businesses not in the targeted sectors
  • Businesses with fewer than 10 or more than 50 employees
  • Businesses with less than $1 million or more than $5 million in gross revenue for 2019.
  • Any business NOT in business as of January 1, 2019
  • Any home-based businesses
  • Any businesses not in Placer County
  • Any business that is not eligible according to the SBA 7a Program Eligibility Requirements

Can I apply if I received funds from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)?

Yes, you can apply if you received funds from the Paycheck Protection Program or other pandemic-related grant or loan programs. 

Can I apply if I already received a grant from Placer Shares?

Yes, you can apply if you already received a grant from Placer Shares. However, this may impact the size of your grant award.

Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to apply?

No, you do not need to be a U.S. citizen to apply. 

How does eligibility screening work?

To access the application, you must first pass the eligibility screening, which will determine whether or not your business is eligible for funds. You can begin the application process at  https://www.placer.ca.gov/shares.

What is the reasoning behind the eligible industry sectors? 

Since July, the Placer County Board of Supervisors has allocated over $8 million to fully fund two rounds of $5,000 and $10,000 grants to eligible small businesses. In late October, the Board of Supervisors voted to allocate an additional $800,000 for community impact grants to larger businesses that were, for the most part, ineligible for the previous grants and severely impacted by restricted operations. The industry sectors are based on the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

Have more questions? Please visit the FAQ.


Eligibility Requirements for Nonprofit Organizations


What are the eligibility criteria? 

There are several requirements that nonprofits must meet in order to be eligible to apply for a grant. If you go through the eligibility screening process, it will determine whether or not your nonprofit organization may apply. To be eligible:

  1. If applying on the western slope (Emigrant Gap to Roseville), the nonprofit organization must have a physical office located in western Placer County.

  2. If applying on the eastern slope (Soda Springs to the eastern county border), the nonprofit organization must show that it regularly serves or benefits eastern Placer County residents.

  3. If a nonprofit serves the entire county, it can only apply once and should apply where it is physically located and/or for which side it predominantly serves.

  4. The nonprofit organization was in operation on or before March 1, 2020.

  5. The nonprofit is in good standing with the IRS, state of California, and County of Placer (or is fiscally sponsored by an agency that is).

  6. The nonprofit organization is exempt from tax under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) per an IRS determination letter. For new nonprofit organizations established on or after January 1, 2020 but before March 1, 2020, the nonprofit organization has applied for or is in the process of applying to be exempt from tax under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). 

  7. The nonprofit organization is NOT one of the following types of organizations:

    1. 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization (please note this is a change from the earlier Placer Shares grant program that was completed in October 2020)

    2. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that are not providing a safety net program related to Covid

    3. Churches

    4. Religious organizations

    5. Private schools

    6. Parental choice (organizations offering fee-based extracurricular youth activities, examples include, but not limited to, sports groups such as swim team, soccer club, little league, cheer, gymnastics, jiu-jitsu, etc.; arts and sciences groups such as dance, music, art, theater, computer science, robotics, etc.) AND their supporting foundations/organizations

    7. Sports clubs and activities (examples include, but not limited to cycling, running, climbing, hiking, pickleball clubs; hobbies such as knitting, sewing, crafting, stamps, coins and other collector groups, etc.)

    8. Service club such as Rotary or Kiwanis


If my 501(c)(3) nonprofit operates a revenue-generating business (such as a theater, thrift store, or social enterprise), should I apply as a nonprofit or a business?

You should apply as a nonprofit, according to your main geographic location: western Placer County (Emigrant Gap to Roseville) or eastern Placer County (Soda Springs to the eastern county border).


Ineligible Criteria

What would make my nonprofit ineligible to apply for a grant?

Nonprofits that meet ANY of the following criteria are ineligible:

  • Any nonprofit organization NOT in business as of March 1, 2020

  • Discrimination on the basis of age, disability, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race or religion.


Additional ineligible nonprofits include:

  • 501 (c)(6) organizations

  • 501 (c)(3) organizations that are not providing a safety net program related to Covid

  • Churches

  • Religious organizations

  • Private schools

  • Parental choice (organizations offering fee-based extracurricular youth activities, examples include, but not limited to, sports groups such as swim team, soccer club, little league, cheer, gymnastics, jiu-jitsu, etc.; arts and sciences groups such as dance, music, art, theater, computer science, robotics, etc.) AND their supporting foundations/organizations

  • Sports clubs and activities (examples include, but not limited to cycling, running, climbing, hiking, pickleball clubs; hobbies such as knitting, sewing, crafting, stamps, coins and other collector groups, etc.)

  • Service clubs such as Rotary or Kiwanis