Santa Ana Small Business Incentive Program

The Santa Ana Small Business Incentive Program is designed to encourage entrepreneurs to establish businesses within the City of Santa Ana. The program provides up to a $5,000 reimbursement grant to eligible businesses on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Criteria for Participation

  • New Santa Ana business within three years of operation
  • Business License & Certificate of Occupancy
  • Microenterprise with 5 or fewer employees, including the owners
  • Either Income Qualifying or Geographic qualifying
    • Income qualification:
      The business owner is determined to be low-income pursuant to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) family household income requirements. 
      2018 Income Limits (Effective June 28, 2019)
      1 Person   $ 66,500
      2 Persons $ 76,000
      3 Persons $ 85,500
      4 Persons $ 94,950
      5 Persons $ 102,550
      6 Persons $ 110,150
      7 Persons $ 117,750
      8 or More Persons $ 125,350
    • Geographic qualification:
      City staff will determine if your business serves at least 51% Low to Moderate Income residents based on its proximity to neighborhoods and the goods/services it provides. 

Grant Amounts for Qualified Business Expenses

  • Up to $5,000 for businesses with a storefront
  • Up to $2,500 for Santa Ana residents with businesses operating in Santa Ana without a storefront

Pre-Eligibility Form

Small Business Incentive Program Application

For more information, please contact Sylvia Vazquez at or (714) 647-5445.