Oceanside, CA. — May, 2020: MainStreet Oceanside is now accepting applications from Oceanside small businesses for the Keep It Local Oceanside Microgrant Program.
Funded by donations to the recently launched Oceanside Strong fundraising campaign, the microgrant program will offer $250-$1,000 microgrants to local businesses to help them meet their short-term financial needs and to help them survive until they can fully resume their services.
Microgrants grants are available for Oceanside small businesses and nonprofits that meet the following qualifications. To be eligible, local businesses must:
- • Earn less than $200,000 a year in gross revenue
- • Have an active City of Oceanside business license
- • Have 1-5 employees
- • Have a brick-and-mortar business in Oceanside, California
Qualifying local businesses are encouraged to apply for the program by May 22, 2020. Businesses do not need to be members of MainStreet Oceanside to apply. For additional details and requirements, go to Oceansidestrong.com. A selection panel will review applications and notify recipients by Wednesday, May 27. For more information about applying, contact 760-754-4512. APPLY FOR A MICROGRANT
OCEANSIDE STRONG —-How you can help… Through the Oceanside Strong fundraising campaign, MainStreet is asking Oceanside locals and business donors to help our small businesses stay strong until they can reopen their physical doors by making donations or by purchasing Oceanside Strong merchandise.
The goal of the Oceanside Strong campaign is to raise $25,000 in financial donations to the campaign’s Oceanside Strong Fund. All donations of $25 or more made on Oceansidestrong.com will receive a free Oceanside Strong face mask created by campaign fundraising partner Whitlock Ink.
Locals can also show their support for our small businesses by purchasing branded T-shirts designed by the Downtown Oceanside screen printer that will be available here soon. Half of profits from merchandise sales will go to the Oceanside Strong Fund and half to Whitlock Ink.
Why donate? Required to restrict their operations to minimize the spread of COVID-19, many Oceanside small businesses have had to cut staff as well as close, resulting in drastically reduced revenue and putting them at risk of permanent closure.
According to the results of Main Street America’s recent Small Business Survey of more than 5,800 U.S. small businesses, nearly 7.5 million of the nation’s approximately 30 million small businesses (1 in 4) may be at risk of closing permanently over the coming five months, and 3.5 million (1 in 9) are at risk of closure in the next two months.
As COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Oceanside and in San Diego County, local businesses need our financial support now more than ever.
MainStreet Oceanside is managing donations to the Oceanside Strong Fund through its 501(c)3 foundation. Donations are tax-deductible but please make sure to consult with your tax adviser.
About MainStreet Oceanside MainStreet Oceanside is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting a pedestrian-friendly community with unique and exciting attractions, including both daytime and evening activities, for residents and visitors alike.