Apply for a grant for your small business to pay rent debt due to COVID-19

This grant is now closed.

What to do

1. Check if your business is eligible

Your business must:

  • Have less than $2.5M in gross revenue in 2020
  • Be currently operating in San Francisco and plan to stay for at least a year 
  • Have unpaid rent debt accrued between March 2020 and September 2021
  • Have paid all of the rent you owe since October 2021
  • Not be primarily home or office-based
  • Not have received $25,000 or more in grants or loan forgiveness from OEWD since March 2020
  • Must agree to attend a webinar if selected
  • Have your property owner agree to extend your repayment term to at least September 2024

Your business must also meet at least 1 of these requirements:

*Nonprofits are encouraged to apply if they meet the eligibility criteria.

2. Gather information about your business

We will ask you for:

  • Your Business Account Number (BAN). If you don't know it, you can look it up
  • Your 2020 gross receipts
  • Amount of any grants from OEWD since COVID began
  • How much back rent you owe from March 2020 to September 2021

3. Gather your family income

Family size: We will ask you how many people are in your family. A family is a single person or a group of people who live together, regardless of actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status.

Family income: We will also ask you about the income for all adults in your family. Use your 2020 tax return if you have filed or estimate your total income for the last 12 months.

4. Apply

This grant is now closed.

5. What to expect after you apply

We will email you a confirmation.

We will email you on April 22, 2022 to let you know the status of your application.

Businesses that are accepted into the program will have 60 days to attend an educational webinar and complete a Program Agreement signed by the property owner they owe rent to.

How applications will be chosen

How applications will be chosen

Applications will be prioritized based on how much funding you have already received from OEWD, how long your business was forced to close due to COVID, your household income, whether you are located in a priority neighborhood, how many people your business employs, how long you have been in business, and how much back rent you owe compared to your rent.

Get help


Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center

Tuesday and Thursday 2-4 PM
or by appointment:

North East Community Federal Credit Union (Chinese)

Monday thru Friday 9 AM - 4 PM

Mission Economic Development Agency (Spanish)

Monday thru Friday 9 AM - 12 PM

Free Legal Resources and Commercial Eviction Moratorium info

Last updated September 22, 2023