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City of Corona

 

City of Corona Business Tax Relief

Who Can Appply: Business automatically qualify when located within Corona. 

Incentive Details: The city of Corona charges no utility, payroll, or inventory tax. Additionally, there is no sales tax for Corona. (Riverside County sales tax: 7.75%)

Requirements: None

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Film Corona

Who can Apply: Individuals or businesses seeking a permit to film in Corona

Incentive Details: Provides single point of contact for projects in Corona,  Easy to interpret cost schedule making it easy to budget,  Extensive location library for stills or filming projects, Readily accessible team to answer questions, Streamlined permitting process

Requirements: Applicants must download the film permit application and contact the community development department for any questions

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Graffiti Abatement Program 

Who Can Apply: Individuals or businesses

Incentive Details: Provides: Single point of contact for projects in Corona,  Easy to interpret cost schedule making it easy to budget,  Extensive location library for stills or filming projects, Readily accessible team to answer questions, Streamlined permitting process

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Inland Empire Brine Line

Who Can Apply: Biotech Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical Companies, Electronic, Parts Manufacturers, Power Plants, Co-Generation Plants, Medical Supply Manufacturing, Water Purification Plants, Bottled Water Facilities, Ion Exchange Facilities, Computer Chip Manufacturers, Commercial Laundries, Food and Beverage Processing

Incentive Details: An effective, economical way to dispose of salty wastewater, which is sometimes produced through manufacturing and water treatment processes.

Process to become a direct disposal customer: Negotiate for capacity to dispose and treat the waste. Complete and submit a permit application on the sawpa website. 

Process to become a hauled liquid waste customer: Complete and submit a Hauled Liquid Waste Generator Permit Application

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Metropolitan Water District Save-A-Buck Program 

Who Can Apply: Businesses located within Corona seeking to retrofit their water usage devices.

Incentive Details: Corona businesses and companies participate by installing or retrofitting with qualifying water saving devices. Space in the program is limited.

Requirements: Business must be located in areas served by the Metropolitan Water District's Family of Southern California Water Agencies. 

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Non-Development Impact Fee Deferral Program 

Who Can Apply: Businesses located within Corona seeking to retrofit their water usage devices.

Incentive Details: Allows the client to defer non-development impact fees until the certificate of occupancy is issued.

Requirements: Contact Team Corona for needed information.

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Recycling Market Development Zone Loan Program

Who Can Apply: Must be a business or non-profit, located within a Recycling Market Development Zone. Projects must result in the diversion of solid waste from California landfills

Incentive Details: The program encourages California-based recycling businesses to locate new facilities and expand existing operations by providing low-interest rate loans for eligible projects

Requirements: Businesses must pay the $300 application fee to use service.

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Team Corona

Who Can Apply: Relocating or expanding businesses within Corona.

Incentive Details: Single Point of contact when relocating or expanding in the city of Corona that streamlines the permitting or entitlement processes.

Requirements: Completion of Team Corona questionnaire.

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Riverside County

 

Riverside County Foreign Trade EDA

Who Can Apply: Business owners, corporate officers, investors, and entrepreneurs.

Incentive Details: Available to assist with international investment, exports, underwriting, banking with the Export-Import Bank of the United States, EB 5 Regional Investment Centers & programs, and international investment programs abroad.

Requirements: Applicants will need to contact the Riverside County Finance Assistance Center (RCFAC) for information regarding incentives.

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Riverside County Workforce Development Website

Who Can Apply: Businesses, job seekers, and youth.

Incentive Details: The Riverside County Workforce Development website provides a link to businesses, and job seekers for opportunities in the workforce.

Requirements: Applicants can learn more by visiting the Riverside County Workforce Development website.

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Southern California Edison

Who Can Apply: Individuals, homeowners, and businesses.

Incentive Details: Southern California Edison offers many energy saving plans, rate programs and rebates for energy home upgrades, and property improvements, as well as up to $300 in rebates for alternative A/C usage, and electric vehicle usage.

Requirements: Applicants can contact Southern California Edison, and fill out the form for rebates and other incentives.

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CA State 

Beginning Farmer Bonds

Who Can Apply: Farmers seeking funds for Agricultural land, improvements, depreciable agricultural property, and purchase from related persons.

Incentive Details: These bonds are used to back below-market interest rate financing for eligible agricultural land, construction/improvements, breeder livestock, and equipment for qualified farmers.

Requirements: Applicants must complete an application for funds and submit it to the CDLAC.

Incentive Amount: Up to $524,200 total with up to $250,000 for Depreciable Agro Prop and $62,500 for used equip.

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Farm Loan Program, Ibank

Who Can Apply: Eligible small farms located in California

Incentive Details: Supports direct loans to small farms through participating Financial Development Corporations (FDCs).

Requirements: Qualifying farm owners may apply for a loan or get additional information by contacting one of the Financial Development Corporations (FDCs): California Coastal Rural Development Corporation, or Valley Small Business Development Corporation.

Incentive Amount: Maximum Loan Guarantee of $1,399,000.

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Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Agriculture

Who Can Apply: Agro businesses seeking partial tax exemptions for diesel fuel, farm equipment and machinery, racehorses, teleproduction, or timber harvesting. Full exemption for liquefied petroleum gas.

Incentive Details: The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration administers a partial exemption from the sales and use tax for the sale, storage, use, or other consumption of farm equipment, machinery and their parts.

Requirements: Applicants must complete a form for tax exemption and submit it to the CDTFA.

Incentive Amount: Covers partial Sales and Use Tax for a (4) year period.

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Advanced Biofuel Payment Program

Who Can Apply: Any entity that produces and sells advanced biofuel is eligible to apply.

Incentive Details: Provides support and ensures an expanding production of advanced biofuels by paying advanced biofuel producers for finished advanced biofuel products.          

Requirements: Applications are accepted in October of each year. To enroll, a producer must file an application and fill out information by October 31st.

Incentive Amount: Quarterly payments based on biofuel produced.

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Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Bio based Product Manufacturing Assistance Program

Who Can Apply: Lenders with legal authority, sufficient experience and expertise, and can demonstrate they meet the FDIC definition of “Well Capitalized” at the time of application and issuance of Loan Note Guarantee.

Incentive Details: This program assists in the development, construction, and retrofitting of new and emerging technologies for advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and bio based products.

Requirements: Must submit a required letter of intent due 30 days before deadline.

Incentive Amount: $250 Million total available.

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Business & Industry Loan Guarantees

Who Can Apply: Federal or state-chartered banks, Savings and loans, Farm credit banks, Credit unions.

Incentive Details: Provides loan guarantees for For-profit businesses, Non-profits, Cooperatives, Federally-recognized Tribes, Public bodies, and Individuals.

Requirements: Applications are accepted from lenders through USDA local offices year round, Interested borrowers should inquire about the program with their lender, Lenders interested in participating in this program should contact the USDA Rural Development Business Programs Director in the state where the project is located.

Incentive Amount: $5 million-$25 million.

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California Competes Tax Credit

Who Can Apply: Businesses that want to come to California or stay and grow in California.

Incentive Details: Provides an income tax credit to fulltime employees for the current taxable year plus 4 subsequent years negotiated by the California Competes Tax Credit Committee.

Requirements: Applicants will need to submit the proper form during the application periods in the fiscal year and provide all relevant details in the application process.

Incentive Amount: Amount TBD at 11/13/18 committee meeting.

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Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise Certification (DVBE)

Who Can Apply: Disabled Veterans who manage or control the business.

Incentive Details: Disabled Veterans operating a business may seek certification to obtain benefits such as: a streamlined business process and are eligible for the state's DVBE Participation Program.

Requirements: Certification may be obtained by contacting OSDS

Incentive Amount: $250,000 maximum on goods, services, & technology, $314,000 on public works.

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New Employment Credit (NEC)

Who Can Apply: A qualified taxpayer that hires a qualified full-time employee.

Incentive Details: Open to a qualified taxpayer that hires a qualified full-time employee and pays or incurs qualified wages attributable to work performed by the qualified employee in a designated census tract or economic development area.

Requirements: The qualified taxpayer must have a net increase in the total number of full-time employees in California.

Incentive Amount: The credit is based on 35% of qualified wages.

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Research & Development Tax Credit

Who Can Apply: Taxpayers which attain qualified research expenses including wages, supplies, and contract research costs.

Incentive Details: Businesses may qualify for an income tax credit if it paid for or incurred qualified research expenses while conducting qualified research activity in California.

Requirements: Taxpayers must complete form FTB 3523 to claim the research credit for the correct year.

Incentive Amount: Qualified research rate: 15%, Basic research rate: 24%.

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Statewide Community Infrastructure Program (SCIP)

Who Can Apply: Non-profits, for-profits, manufacturers, developers, local government agencies (School fees excluded).               

Incentive Details: Financing program that enables developers to pay most impact fees and finance public improvements through an acquisition agreement that qualify under the 1913/1915 Act.

Requirements: Must submit application on CSCDA website.

Incentive Amount: Various.

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Air Quality Improvement Program Clean Rebate Project

Who Can Apply: Individuals, Non-profits, government entities, and business owners.

Incentive Details: This project is designed to promote the purchase of battery electric, plug-in hybrid electric, and fuel cell electric vehicles.

Requirements: Applicants must visit the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project site and apply for the rebate.

Incentive Amount: Up to $7,000 per light-duty vehicle.

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Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program

Who Can Apply: Public agencies, private businesses, public-private partnerships, vehicle and technology consortia, workforce training partnerships and collaboratives, fleet owners, consumers, recreational boaters, and academic institutions.

Incentive Details: Grants that provide innovative transportation and fuel technologies that help California meet its energy, clean air, and climate-change goals.

Requirements: The Energy Commission must prepare and adopt an Investment Plan and convene an Advisory Committee to assist in preparing the Investment Plan.

Incentive Amount: Up to $100 Million annually.

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California Lending for Energy and Environmental Needs (CLEEN) Center

Who Can Apply: Any subdivision of a local government, including cities, counties, special districts, assessment districts, joint powers authorities and non-profit corporations (as deemed eligible), municipalities, public universities, schools and hospitals.

Incentive Details: Provides direct public financing to help meet the State’s goals for greenhouse gas reduction, water conservation, and environmental preservation through two programs, Statewide Energy Efficiency Program (SWEEP) and the Light Emitting Diode Street Lighting Program (LED).

Requirements: Call IBank contact on linked page and fill out CLEEN Financing Application

Incentive Amount: $500,000 - $30 Million

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Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program

Who Can Apply: Eligible projects include cleaner on-road trucks, school and transit buses, off-road equipment, marine vessels, locomotives, agricultural equipment, light duty vehicle scrap, and lawn mowers.

Incentive Details: Provides funds for cleaner-than-required engines and equipment.

Requirements: Contact the local air district for the most updated information on funding availability.

Incentive Amount: $60 Million annually.

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Cool California Funding Wizard

Who Can Apply: Government agencies, Individuals, businesses, and schools and institutions.

Incentive Details: The Funding Wizard helps find grants related to energy efficiency upgrades and rebates, with emphasis on sustainable and environmentally-friendly business practices.

Requirements: Applicants seeking grant funding must log-in to the funding wizard and contact lenders.

Incentive Amount: Various.

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Economic Development Rate Program

Who Can Apply: Businesses that require high-energy loads to operate.

Incentive Details: Gives special utility discounts for businesses that require high-energy loads to operate, or continue operating, in California.

Requirements: Applicants must be eligible for the enhanced rate and contact economic development services.

Incentive Amount: Enhanced discount (30%) and a standard discount (12%) off their otherwise applicable tariff.

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Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC)

Who Can Apply: Only applicants who applied for and received an award under an eligible federal Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) can meet the requirements of this solicitation.

Incentive Details: Provides cost share funding to applicants that apply for the award.

Requirements: Applications for this solicitation must be submitted electronically through the Grant Solicitation System.

Incentive Amount: Up to $13 Million.

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Food Production Investment Program (FPIP)

Who Can Apply: California’s food processing industries

Incentive Details: Provides support for updating and improving the food production facilities with energy efficient and/or renewable energy technologies which will reduce operating costs and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Requirements: 1. Applicant must own or operate one or more food processing facilities that is the site for the proposed project. 2. Applicant must be a food processing facility. 3. Proposed project must reduce GHG emissions through energy efficiency, use of renewable energy, or other activities

Incentive Amount: $100,000-$3 Million for Tier 1, and $3 Million-$8 Million for Tier 2.

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Hybrid and Zero Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project

Who Can Apply: Truck and bus dealers

Incentive Details: Vouchers are intended to reduce about half the incremental costs of purchasing hybrid and zero-emission medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks and buses.

Requirements: Dealer must visit the HVIP website at point of sale and review the list of eligible vehicles and verify funds are still attainable. The dealer must then submit the voucher request form.

Incentive Amount: From $20,000-$110,000 per voucher.

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Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP)

Who Can Apply: Non-profits, small businesses, educational institutions and governments.

Incentive Details: Provides incentives to support existing, new, and emerging distributed energy resources

Requirements: All applications must designate a registered Developer in order to submit an application.

Incentive Amount: $566,692,310 total budget.

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Film and Television Tax Credit Program 2.0

Who Can Apply: Relocating Television Series, Independent Films, Feature Films, MOW & Mini, New TV Series & Pilots, & Out-of-Zone Filming, Music, and Visual Effects.

Incentive Details: Provides tax credits based on qualified expenditures for eligible productions that are produced in California.

Requirements: Interested applicants are to submit applications via the online portal. The following business day after the application window closes, the CFC will notify qualified applicants.

Incentive Amount: $330 Million annually.

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Teleproduction Exemption

Who Can Apply: Primarily teleproduction or other postproduction services.

Incentive Details: Provides a partial sale and use tax exemption for the sale, storage, use or other consumption of machinery, equipment including component parts to a qualified person.

Requirements: Applicants must complete a form for tax exemption and submit it to the CDTFA.

Incentive Amount: Covers partial Sales and Use Tax for a (4) year period.

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Exempt Facility Bond Financing, Ibank

Who Can Apply: Non-governmental entity or (conduit borrowers) only. (i.e. pub airports).

Incentive Details: Bonds issued for infrastructure projects that serve the general public.

Requirements: Applications are accepted continuously, and applicants are encouraged to call before filling out the application

Incentive Amount: Tax Exempt Bonds

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Infrastructure State Revolving Fund (ISRF) Program, IBank

Who Can Apply: Any subdivision of a local government, including cities, counties, special districts, assessment districts, joint powers authorities and non-profit corporations.

Incentive Details: Provides financing, sponsored by public agencies, for a wide variety of infrastructure and economic development projects (excluding housing).

Requirements: Applications are accepted continuously, and applicants are encouraged to call before filling out the ISRF Financing Application.

Incentive Amount: $50,000 - $25 Million up to a maximum of 30 years.

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Public Agency Revenue Bond Financing (PARB), Ibank

Who Can Apply: State and local government agencies, and schools qualify. Must be open use facility. Must be government owned unit.

Incentive Details: Used to finance facilities for revenue producing public agencies. PARB is a conduit tax-exempt and (or taxable) bond financing used to expand unique programs of specific state and local government agencies.

Requirements: Applications are accepted continuously, and applicants are encouraged to call before filling out the application.

Incentive Amount: Conduit tax-exempt Bonds.

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501(c)(3) Bond Financing, Ibank

Who Can Apply: Cultural facilities such as museums, libraries, aquariums, and historic preservation; charitable organizations and foundations; recreational facilities such as community centers, local sports facilities and YMCAs; research institutes and centers; organizations that promote social benefits.

Incentive Details: Low-cost, tax-exempt financing to nonprofit public benefit corporations for acquisitions and/or improvements of facilities and capital assets.

Requirements: The corporation must have received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service stating that it qualifies under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Incentive Amount: Tax Exempt Status

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Advanced Transportation and Manufacturing Sales and Use Tax Exemption (STE)

Who Can Apply: Alternative Source product manufacturers, manufacturers of Advanced Transportation Technologies, Advanced Manufacturers, and manufacturers that process Recycled feedstock or utilize Recycled feedstock in the production of another product or soil amendment.

Incentive Details: Eligible manufacturers planning to construct a new manufacturing facility or expand or upgrade a currently existing manufacturing facility may apply to CAEATFA for an STE award, and if approved, the purchases of Qualified Property for the project are not subject to state and local sales and use tax.

Requirements: Applicants must complete a legal questionnaire, and applicant certification. Then complete a self-scoring Excel spreadsheet designed to measure and quantify the net fiscal and environmental benefits of the proposed project.

Incentive Amount: Up to $20 million annually.

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California Made Certification

Who Can Apply: Manufacturers producing any products manufactured in the state that meet the requirements.

Incentive Details: CA Made is California’s labeling program for manufactured goods. The program is designed to encourage consumer product awareness and promote the purchase of products manufactured in California.

Requirements: Applicants must visit the CA Made Application Form, pay the annual fee, get their product 3rd-party certified, and fill out relevant information for the CA Made benefit.

Incentive Amount: CA Made label, marketing, and business-to-business networking.

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Industrial Development Bonds (IDBs)

Who Can Apply: Manufacturing & processing companies.

Incentive Details: Provides: Tax exempt financing (up to $10M) at low interest rates to qualified manufacturing & processing companies for construction or acquisitions of facilities & equipment.

Requirements: Applicants must contact the I-Bank, or local industrial development authorities, or by Joint Powers Authorities

Incentive Amount: $20 Million Capital Expenditure limit. $40 Million Aggregate Limit.

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Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Manufacturing

Who Can Apply: Manufacturers (1) Engaged in business as a "qualified person", (2) Purchase "qualified tangible personal property", and (3) Use that property in a qualified manner.

Incentive Details: Applicants qualify for the CA state exemption of sales and use tax (3.93%) on certain manufacturing and research and development equipment purchases and leases.

Requirements: Applicants must fill out the BOE-192 - CAEATFA Exemption certificate and pay the application fees

Incentive Amount: Maximum $200 Million annually

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Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Program

Who Can Apply: Eligible public or private property owners, including government agencies, private property owners as well as non-profit organizations.

Incentive Details: Provides financing for cleanup activities of sites by eligible public or private property owners, including government agencies, private property owners as well as non-profit organizations.

Requirements: Applicants must contact the TSI Coordinator and go through the competitive application process.

Incentive Amount: $200,000-$900,000

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California Community Reinvestment Grant Program

Who Can Apply: Local health departments, qualified community-based nonprofit organizations affected by past federal and states drug policies.

Incentive Details: Provides: Job placement, Mental health treatment, Substance use disorder treatment, System navigation services, Legal services to address barriers to reentry, Linkages to medical care.

Requirements: In accordance with the proposition, GO-Biz will award grants beginning no later than January 1, 2020, to local health departments and qualified community-based nonprofit organizations to support the following activities for communities disproportionately affected by past federal and state drug policies. Businesses may subscribe to keep up to date.

Incentive Amount: $10 Million 2018-2019, $20 Million 2019-2020, $30 Million 2020-2021, Etc.

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California Pollution Control Financing

Who Can Apply: Qualified Borrowers

Incentive Details: Provides tax-exempt bond financing for pollution control projects. The securities pay for acquisition, construction or installation of qualified pollution control, water furnishing, waste disposal, waste recovery facilities, and equipment.

Requirements: Qualified borrowers must fill out the application and request funding for project.

Incentive Amount: Various.

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Recycling Market Development Zone Loan Program

Who Can Apply: Must be a business or non-profit, located within a Recycling Market Development Zone. Projects must result in the diversion of solid waste from California landfills.

Incentive Details: The program encourages California-based recycling businesses to locate new facilities and expand existing operations by providing low-interest rate loans for eligible projects.

Requirements: Businesses must pay the $300 application fee to use service.

Incentive Amount: $10,000,000 estimated loan funds.

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Distributed Generation Energy Project Financing

Who Can Apply: Energy project developers for distributed energy projects, and Electric Program borrowers or other utilities that serve rural areas.

Incentive Details: Provides loans and loan guarantees to energy project developers for distributed energy projects including renewables that provide wholesale or retail electricity to existing Electric Program borrowers or to rural communities served by other utilities.

Requirements: Applicant must contact the Deputy Assistant Administrator of Loan Origination & Approval.

Incentive Amount: Minimum 25% cash equity at start- maximum 75% of the total project costs.

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Energy Resource Conservation

Who Can Apply: Existing RUS borrowers with direct loans. Loans must not be Federal Financing Bank loan guarantees.

Incentive Details: Enables current Rural Utilities Service (RUS) borrowers to make funds available to their consumers for energy conservation and renewable energy projects by deferring payment of principal and interest.

Requirements: Participation in this program is limited to existing RUS borrowers with direct loans. Borrowers must contact their General Field Representative to begin the application process.

Incentive Amount: Various

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Intermediary Relending Program

Who Can Apply: Nonprofits and cooperatives, Federally-recognized Tribes, and Public agencies.

Incentive Details: Provides 1% low-interest loans to local intermediaries that re-lend to businesses to improve economic conditions and create jobs in rural communities.

Requirements: Intermediaries must contact state office for information into the program.

Incentive Amount: $2 Million initial. 1% interest rate, max term 30 years.

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Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee

Who Can Apply: Corporation; Limited liability company (LLC); Cooperative or mutual organization; a state or local unit of government

Incentive Details: Furnishes loans and loan guarantees to provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide service at the broadband lending speed in eligible rural areas.

Requirements: To apply for Farm Bill Broadband Loans & Loan Guarantees funding, applicants must visit RD Apply.

Incentive Amount: Various.

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Rural Business Investment Program

Who Can Apply: Newly formed: For-profit entities, or Subsidiary of an entity that have: relevant experience in venture capital or community development financing, a minimum of $10 million in private equity capital, and are structured as limited partnerships, limited liability companies or corporations

Incentive Details: Provides a Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC) license to newly formed venture capital organizations to help meet the equity capital investment needs in rural communities.

Requirements: Applications for this program are accepted on an annual basis. A Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) will be listed on the NOSA page.

Incentive Amount: N/A

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Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Loans & Grants

Who Can Apply: Agricultural producers with at least 50% of gross income coming from agricultural operations, and small businesses in eligible rural area.

Incentive Details: Provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements

Requirements: Applicants must be pre-registered with the system for award management (SAM) and have a DUNS number. Then speak to a Rural Development Energy Coordinator.

Incentive Amount: Various.

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Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program

Who Can Apply: Nonprofits, Federally-recognized Tribes, or Institutions of higher education.

Incentive Details: Provides loans to Microeconomic Development Organizations (MDOs) which are nonprofits, federally-recognized tribes, or institutions of higher education in the form of microloans, and training and technical assistance.

Requirements: Borrowers must have 10 or fewer full-time employees and must also be located in a rural city with a population less than 50,000. The borrower’s headquarters may be based within a larger city so long as the project service area is located in an eligible rural area.

Incentive Amount: Up to $205,000 annually in grants. $50,000 - $500,000 in Loans.

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Strategic Economic and Community Development

Who Can Apply: The project must: Be eligible for the underlying program, Be carried out solely in a rural area, and support a multi-jurisdictional strategic economic community development plan.

Incentive Details: Farm Bill provision that allows USDA to give priority for projects that support the implementation of regional economic development plans through, Community Facilities Loans, Grants and Loan Guarantees, Water and Waste Disposal Program Loans, Grants and Loan Guarantees, Business & Industry Program Loan Guarantees, Rural Business Development Grants.

Requirements: Applicants must fill out the form through the website and contact the USDA Rural Development office for further steps

Incentive Amount: Various

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Telecommunications Infrastructure Loans & Loan Guarantees

Who Can Apply: State and local governmental entities, Federally Recognized Tribes, Non-profits, including cooperatives, and limited dividend or mutual associations, and For-profit businesses.

Incentive Details: Provides financing for the construction, maintenance, improvement and expansion of telephone service and broadband in rural areas.

Requirements: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, non-profits, and for-profit businesses may apply by submitting the loan application to RUS through RD Apply.

Incentive Amount: Various.

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ARB Providing Loan Assistance for California Equipment (PLACE) Program

Who Can Apply: Fleet owners and small business owners.

Incentive Details: Innovative financing program designed to provide fleet owners, particularly small business owners, easier access to loan opportunities through the three programs offered.

Requirements: Applicants will need to apply for the program they qualify for, and contact the ARB.

Incentive Amount: Various.

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AQMD Small Business Assistance

Who Can Apply: A small business having 100 or fewer employees or with annual gross revenues up to $5 million.

Incentive Details: Free technical assistance, consultations, permit application assistance, variance petitions, dry cleaner grant program, fee review committee, clearance letter program, and events.

Requirements: Contact one of the small business assistance staff or visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for further information.

Incentive Amount: Various.

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California Capital Access Program (CALCAP)

Who Can Apply: loan loss reserve program for small businesses

Incentive Details: Encourages lenders to make loans to small businesses that may have difficulty obtaining capital. These credit enhancement mechanisms minimizes the credit risk for lenders, and makes it possible for new and existing businesses in California to qualify for small business loans.

Requirements: Applicants must fill out application form and submit to the CalCAP department.

Incentive Amount: Up to 100% coverage on losses as a result of certain loan defaults.

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California Sustainable Energy Entrepreneur Development (CalSEED) Initiative

Who Can Apply: Individuals, Startup businesses both large and small, Non-profits, and academic institutions.

Incentive Details: Provides small grant funding for entrepreneurs and researchers to demonstrate concept feasibility of their new clean energy technology ideas.

Requirements: To be eligible, applications must be submitted to CalSEED within the timeframe. They will then be considered against other applicants within their region.

Incentive Amount: Up to $600,000.

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Small Business Certification Program

Who Can Apply: Small businesses and microbusinesses seeking to become certified.

Incentive Details: Certified businesses benefit from 5% bid preference on applicable state solicitations, eligible for the state's small business participation program, entitled to a streamlined process with government agencies, and must be payed by the state higher interest penalties.

Requirements: Be independently owned and operated; Not dominant in field of operation; Principal office located in California; Owners (officers, if a corporation) domiciled in California with 100 or fewer employees. Businesses may certify online.

Incentive Amount: $250,000 maximum.

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Small Business Finance Center (SBFC)

Who Can Apply: Small Businesses located in California with 1-750 employees, Eligible Nonprofits.

Incentive Details: Provides: loan guarantees and direct loans to small business that have capital expense barriers.

Requirements: Applicants must contact one of the participating Financial Development Corporations (FDCs).

Incentive Amount: $500-$10,000 microloans.

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Council for Community and Economic Research

Who Can Apply: Individuals or businesses seeking information on incentives across different states.

Incentive Details: A one stop resource for information about incentive programs in all 50 states.

Requirements: Visit the Council for Community and Economic Research website.

Contact Information: (703) 522-4980, info@crec.net

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Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy

Who Can Apply: Employers, job seekers, and students.

Incentive Details: The Doing What Matters initiative works to supply in-demand skills for employers, creates relevant career pathways and stackable credentials, promotes student success, and gets Californians into open jobs.

Requirements: Visit the Doing What Matters website or contact the local area representative.

Contact Information: For general inquiries: 800.344.3812

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Employment Development Department

Who Can Apply: Employers, job seekers, disabled workers, and state activity programs.

Incentive Details: The (EDD) program assists in matters of: Unemployment, Disability Insurance, Paid Family Leave, Jobs and Training, Payroll Taxes, and Labor Market Information.

Requirements: Must visit EDD website and apply for program.

Contact Information: Department Directory Link

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Employment Training Panel (ETP)

Who Can Apply: Employers seeking to improve their training program.

Incentive Details: Provides funding to employers for training that upgrades the skills of their workers.

Requirements: Employers should check panel dates for meetings, contact the ETP website, and fill out application before deadlines.

Contact Information: Economic Development Unit: (916) 327-4391

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Export-Import Bank

Who Can Apply: U.S. exporters, brokers, lenders, stakeholders seeking information about export value, total dollar value of insured shipments, guaranteed credit, or disbursed loans supported by EXIM, and authorizations.

Incentive Details: This bank is the official export credit agency of the United States. Its mission is to ensure that U.S. companies — large and small — have access to the financing they need to turn export opportunities into sales.

Requirements: To be eligible to work with EXIM Bank applicants must be in business for at least three years, At least one person working in the firm full time, Has a positive net worth, Exports U.S. made products and/or services provided by U.S. workers, and have a Dun & Bradstreet Number.

Contact Information: "Phone: 800-565-EXIM (3946)

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(Go-Biz) California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development

Who Can Apply: Individuals seeking: Permits, Incentives, California Competes Tax Credit, California Made, and EB-5 Investor Visa Program.

Incentive Details: California website which lists Economic Development news, information, and programs across the state pertaining to businesses.

Requirements: Individuals or businesses may visit the site to access information on programs or permit assistance depending on need.

Contact Information: Phone: (877) 345-4633

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Joint Venture Program

Who Can Apply: Companies establishing enterprises inside California’s prisons to employ inmates.

Incentive Details: Under Prop 139 private businesses can set up operations inside California correctional facilities and hire inmates. This includes only those businesses that are starting a new enterprise, expanding an existing business or relocating within California.

Requirements: Applicants should contact the Joint Venture Program, and they will send a representative to the applicant's business.

Contact Information: Contact Page

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Office of Historic Preservation website

Who Can Apply: Property owners who opt to repair and rehabilitate historical resources rather than turn to demolition and new construction.

Incentive Details: The OHP is responsible for administering federally and state mandated historic preservation programs to further the identification, evaluation, registration, and protection of California's irreplaceable resources.

Requirements: Visit the Office of Historic Preservation website to access the incentive list for businesses seeking tax credit.

Contact Information: (916) 445-7000, calshpo.ohp@parks.ca.gov

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Permit Assistance (Federal, State, and Local)

Who Can Apply: Businesses that conduct operations in California.

Incentive Details: Provides: assistance with registering, licensing, certifications, & finding proper permits on local, state, and federal business registration processes.

Requirements: "Registering a business: Links for local, state, & federal requirements & forms. Including the CalGold online permit assistance tool.

Staying in compliance: Links for file renewals, change of business records, disability access regulations and Prop 65 (safe drinking water).

Permits, Licenses, and Certifications: Links for CalGOLD permit assistance, business quick start, environmental permitting, & professional licensure guides

Information on California Regulations: Link for the Administrative procedures act, CA code of regulations, past regulation versions, CA regulatory notice register, & major regulations. Standardized Regulatory Impact assessment (SRIA)"

Contact Information: Phone: (877) 345-4633

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(RCCD) Riverside Community College District Office of Economic Development

Who Can Apply: Businesses seeking growth and workforce competitiveness assistance.

Incentive Details: Dedicated to explore and develop new alternatives, resources, and funding for growing the region’s economic self-sufficiency and lifelong access to good-paying jobs.

Requirements: Visit site and contact representative for more details.

Contact Information: Office of Economic Development Phone: 951-571-6474

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South Cost AQMD (SCAQMD)

Who Can Apply: Businesses, the community, and local government that help to achieve cleaner air quality for all.

Incentive Details: Website offers financial incentives for implementing new clean air technologies. Some provide partnerships and new ways of addressing air quality issues throughout the South Coast Basin. SCAQMD also offers training and certification that improve regulatory compliance and support the development of cleaner products and equipment.

Requirements: 23 different business, community, and local government incentives are offered by SCAQMD. To access a specific incentive, applicants will need to access the site and fulfill certain requirements.

Contact Information: Phone: 909-396-2000 webinquiry@aqmd.gov

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The California Apprenticeship Initiative

Who Can Apply: Recipients of the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office's California Apprenticeship Initiative, and those seeking apprenticeships in California.

Incentive Details: An online resource designed to provide information and resources to recipients of the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office's California Apprenticeship Initiative.

Requirements:  Visit the California Apprenticeship Initiative website.

Contact Information: T: 916.325.1852 E: jmodlin@foundationccc.org

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Federal and State Technology Partnership (FAST) Program

Provides one year funding to organizations to execute state/regional programs that increase the number of SBIR/STTR proposals; increase the number of SBIR/STTR awards; and better prepare SBIR/STTR awardees for commercialization success

Requirements: Only one proposal is allowed per state, with an accompanying letter from a state’s governor or equivalent. Proposals will be evaluated by review panels; the SBA, the Department of Defense and the National Science Foundation will jointly review the recommendations

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Foreign Trade Zone #244 (FTZ)

Provides deferral of duties (customs duties are paid when merchandise is transferred into U.S.), reduction of duties, elimination of merchandise exported from FTZ duties, elimination of drawback (allowing funds to remain in the operating capital of the business), no duties owed on labor, overhead, and profit attributed to production in an FTZ, and zone-to-zone transfer deferment.

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Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUB Zone)

Who Can Apply: Small businesses having a principal office located in the HUB Zone, with 35% of employees living in the HUB Zone, and being 51% owned by U.S. citizens, a Community Development Corporation, an agricultural cooperative, a Native Hawaiian organization, or an Indian tribe.

Incentive Details: Provides limited and preferential competition for contracts under $150,000 to businesses located in a HUB Zone. Joining the program makes the business eligible to compete for set-aside contracts and get a 10% price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions.

Requirements: Businesses seeking to gain incentive must first be certified by the SBA, apply for HUBZone certification on the SBA website, and fill out and submit any additional documentation needed within 10 business days.

Incentive Amount: Government contracts up to $150,000.

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Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR)

Who Can Apply: American-owned and independently operated, For-profit, Principal researcher employed by business, and company size limited to 500 employees.

Incentive Details: It is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization.

Requirements: Small businesses must submit their proposals and complete the three-phase program for award.

Incentive Amount: Phase 1: up to $150,000, Phase 2: up to $1,000,000.

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Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR)

b American-owned and independently operated, For-profit, Principal researcher need not be employed by small business, Company size limited to 500 employees, and non-profits

Incentive Details: STTR awards are based on small business/nonprofit research institution qualification, degree of innovation, and future market potential. Small businesses that receive awards then begin a three-phase program.

Requirements: Small businesses must submit their proposals and complete the three-phase program for award.

Incentive Amount: Phase 1: up to $100,000, Phase 2: up to $750,000.

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