COVID-19 Programs

CARES Act

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING: The City of Fontana has prepared a Draft CARES Act Substantial Amendment #2 for public review for the Community Development Block Grant COVID-19 (CDBG-CV) programs.  The public comment period is open from September 18th through September 22nd.  Comments can be submitted in writing to:

 City of Fontana
Attn: Housing Department
8353 Sierra Ave.
Fontana, CA 92335

The City will be offering four Community Development Block Grant COVID-19 (CDBG-CV) programs to help residents and businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic:

Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance Program (ERMA)

The Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance Program provides one-time grants to individuals and families that own/rent and occupy a residential property in Fontana as their primary residence who have lost income because of COVID-19 and who are at risk of default on their mortgage or rent payments.  The maximum amount of assistance is up to $5,000 (total) for up to three (3) consecutive months, based on actual need.  The grant paid directly to the mortgage company/property owner/property manager.

To qualify, the total annual family income (adjusted for family size) cannot exceed the limits listed in the table below. This includes all income from all persons over the age of 18.

2020 Income Limits by Household Size
Effective July 1, 2020

Household SizeIncome Limit (80% AMI)
1$42,200
2$48,200
3$54,250
4$60,250
5$65,100
6$69,900
7$74,750
8$79,550

As of August 21st at 5PM, the City is no longer accepting applications for the Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance Program.  If you would like to be placed on a wait list, please complete the form using the link below.  If funds become available, then potential applicants will be contacted in the order of the wait list to submit an application with supporting documentation.

Click here for wait list.

Emergency Microbusiness Assistance

The Emergency Microbusiness Assistance (EMA) program will provide grants up to $5,000 to microbusinesses (5 or less employees including owner) that were adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Microbusiness grants can be used for the following purposes: 

  • Rent/utilities    
  • Payroll    
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies required for business operation    
  • Business services to increase capacity to carryout business activities (e.g. Point of Sale system, website development, etc.)

For a business owner to qualify for Microbusiness Assistance Program, the applicants’ current annual income shall not exceed the low‐ and moderate‐income limit, adjusted by family size.

Household Size
Income Limit (80%) 
1
$42,200
2$48,200
3$54,250
4$60,250
5$65,100
6$69,900
7$74,750
8$79,550

Businesses must document that they have neither received nor will seek other grants, loans, or other assistance from any private, local, state, or federal funding source for the same uses as identified in the application. For example, if a business received the SBA PPP Loan for payroll costs in May and June, CDBG assistance could not be used for payroll costs for the same time period.

The City reserves the right to request additional documentation from applicant businesses.

As of Friday, August 21st at 5PM, the City is no longer accepting applications for the Emergency Microbusiness Assistance program.  If you would like to be placed on a wait list, please complete the form below the Business PPE Reimbursement Section.  If funds become available, then potential applicants will be contacted in the order of the wait list to submit an application with supporting documentation.

Business PPE Reimbursement

Fontana businesses adversely affected by COVID-19 are eligible for reimbursement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  

Businesses must document that they have neither received nor will seek other grants, loans, or other assistance from any private, local, state, or federal funding source for the same uses as identified in the application. For example, if a business received the SBA PPP Loan for PPE Supplies, CDBG assistance could not be used for PPE supplies for the same supplies.

As of Friday August 21st at 5PM, the City is no longer accepting applications for Business PPE Reimbursement program.  If you would like to be placed on a wait list, please complete the form using the link below.  If funds become available, then potential applicants will be contacted in the order of the wait list to submit an application with supporting documentation.

Click here for wait list. 

Funds are limited and applications will be reviewed and awarded on a First-Come, First Served basis.