Through a $555,000 grant agreement between EWD and Working Solutions, the Oakland CARES Act Home-Based Business Grant Program distributed grants of $2,000 to $4,000 to 159 home-based, for-profit businesses in Oakland.
Home-based businesses provide essential income to many entrepreneurs who have yet to grow their business to a brick-and-mortar location.
Priority was given to home-based businesses representing a broad geographic diversity in Oakland, especially those located in low-income areas or otherwise historically vulnerable communities.
“You have no idea what a lifeline this grant is for my
business – yes, it will be put to good use toward back rent, bills and needed business
expenses,” shared Sandra Varner, owner of home-based business August
Varner Media. She continued, “…this grant serves as a beacon of hope…”
“Thank you! Your assistance comes at a critical time as we head into this next round of COVID management and impacts," said Carroll Moore of Right Design Lab. "And I know my small business is just one of many that applied, so I’m very grateful that we were selected, and will make this money work hard to deserve this support.”
“Thank you so much! This made my day and helped me not to stress for this month,” explained Maceo Cabrera Estevez, founder of Booklandia.