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City grants of $5000 available for Hayward small businesses, independently owned restaurants

March 26, 2020

HAYWARD, Calif., March 26, 2020—The City of Hayward announced today a new grant program to provide $5000 a piece to local small businesses to support operations and help avert layoffs during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The COVID-19 Small Business Resiliency Grant Program is open to Hayward small businesses with 25 or fewer employees and restaurants of any employee-size that are independently owned.

The Hayward Economic Development Division developed the program by redirecting funds from a broader Small Business Grant and Loan Fund intended to attract businesses to Hayward and help others in the City to expand.

Program funding allows for up to 76 grants of $5000 a piece that will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis to those meeting eligibility requirements.  The grants can be used for any aspect of business and do not need to be repaid.

Application materials are available here on the City of Hayward website.  Submit application materials by email to

For answers to questions, please also email, or call the Economic Development Division at (510) 583-5540.

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