California Small Business Grants

Last Updated on August 23, 2023 by Hannah Stevens

The federal government spends more than $90,919.00 millions dollars annually in grants and other funding sources from local governments. This is because small and large businesses are the backbone of California’s economic growth. California has 697,082 businesses. These establishments are broken down into the following:

California Business Sector Breakdown by Size:

  • 428,785 businesses in California have between 0 and 4 employees. This breakdown includes those who work from home as sole proprietors.
  • 117,537 businesses in California have between 5 and 9 employees.
  • 72,287 businesses in California have between 10 and 19 employees.
  • 60,843 businesses in California have between 20 and 99 employees.
  • 12,027 businesses in California have between 100 and 499 employees.
  • Over 5,603 businesses in California have over 500 employees.

California Business Sector Breakdown in Service Industries:

  • The Professional, Scientific and Technical Services sector has 112,737 California businesses under its registry.
  • The Administrative, Support, Waste Management, and Remediation Services sector has 43,355 California businesses under its registry
  • The Accommodation and Food Services sector has 76,110 California businesses under its registry.
  • California has more than 70,359 registered companies. They are service-oriented businesses that are not yet included in the above categories.

You may also be eligible for grants for small businesses if you work in the agriculture industry. California has more than 81,000 farms.

Small Business in California

It is difficult to start and manage a small business in California. California spends more than $621,735,000,000.00 US dollars on employee salaries/payroll. Every year, more than 241,979 companies declare bankruptcy. The federal government doesn’t provide grants to expand or start businesses, but California grants to small business owners are available. Grant recipients don’t have to repay the money. It is worth looking into small business grants to help fund your business.

Contact California financial assistance agencies to apply for business grants.

Recent State Funding Opportunities

Below is a list of opportunities recently published in the local state:

NOAA NOS ONMS 2022 20071532022 NOAA California Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program
HHS 2022 ACF OHS HP R9 0147Early Head Start Expansion and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Grants – Los Angeles County, California (zip codes 90002, 90007, 90011, 90027, 90037, 90044, 90089 and 90813)
W9126G 21 2 SOI 5131Natural Resources Support, Edwards Air Force Base, California
W9126G 21 2 SOI 5043Base-wide Inventory – Reptiles, Amphibians, and Fish, Edwards Air Force Base, California
USDA NRCS CA 21 MULTI NOFO0001118California Conservation Agreements
USDA NRCS CA CIG 21 NOFO0001052FY21 Conservation Innovative Grants Program_California
NOAA NOS ONMS 2021 20067492021 NOAA California Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program
HHS 2021 ACF OHS CH R09 1860Head Start/Early Head Start Grantee — Communities in the state of California
G20AS00070Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, Californian CESU
HHS 2020 ACF OHS CH 1818Head Start and/or Early Head Start Expansion – Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, and South Carolina

You might also want to look at the Arizona Small Business Grants as well as the Colorado Small Business Grants.