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City Expands B-CARES Grant Program Eligibility

Businesses that previously received funding are now eligible as well

Effective immediately, the City of Bakersfield is expanding its B-CARES grant program eligibility requirements. The change makes businesses that previously received federal or county funding eligible for the B-CARES grants.

Previously, B-CARES applications from businesses that had already received either federal Paycheck Protection Program or Kern Recovers funding were not processed, but were retained for this anticipated eligibility expansion, known as "Tier II." The City will begin processing those "Tier II" applications immediately and any that follow moving forward.

Any "Tier II" business that has already submitted an application will not need to submit a new one.

Interested business owners can find more eligibility information and apply for the grant at The funding is available on a first come, first served basis. The grant guidelines are also provided in a separate, supplemental document. (See PDF linked below)

On September 21, the City of Bakersfield launched the B-CARES grant program, making $3 million in City Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds available to local businesses in need.

The City must expend the full $3 million set aside for this program by the end of December 2020, or any remaining funds must be returned to the State.

Businesses that are located within the City limits and meet the program’s eligibility requirements will receive grants in $5,000 increments, up to $20,000. The amount each business would be eligible for is based on the business’ total full-time employees. Only businesses with 25 or fewer full-time employees and revenues of $5 million or less in 2019 are eligible.

For questions about the program, the application process or application status please email

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