Need help giving your employees extra sick leave?

If you pay your SF employees for extra sick time, the City will reimburse you $15.59 per hour for extra sick leave up to 40 hours. Read Frequently Asked Questions here and the City’s step-by-step program guide, or call 415-554-6134​. Apply here.

For general information about San Francisco's Paid Sick Leave Ordinance in light of COVID-19, visit the Office of Labor Standards and Enforcement's guidance on COVID-19.


Want to keep your trained employees but still allow them to receive unemployment benefits?

 The state’s Work Sharing Unemployment Insurance program allows for the payment of benefits to individuals whose wages and hours have been reduced. For more information, visit Work Sharing.


Have you had to temporarily lay off employees or reduce their hours but expect to rehire them? 

Partial claims are for employees whose employers want to keep them when there is a lack of work. Filing a Partial Claim allows employees to receive unemployment benefits without being required to look for a new job. For more information, visit Partial Claims.


Need a low-interest federal SBA Disaster Loan up to $2M?

The federal government is offering SF nonprofits and businesses federal disaster loans up to $2M with interest rates of 2.75% or 3.75%, respectively. Loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. To be eligible you must be unable to obtain credit elsewhere AND create or retain at least one full-time equivalent job.

To apply, visit link.oewd.org/disasterloan. If you need help, visit https://oewd.org/businesses-and-nonprofits-impacted-covid-19 for a list of resources.


Need a loan up to $250,000 with interest rates between 3.5% - 7.75%?

The City partnered with nonprofit Main Street Launch to offer loans for businesses and nonprofits in SF. Some, but not all, loans require you create or retain one or more full-time jobs.

Schedule a 20-30 minute eligibility phone call at 415-213-8677 or [email protected]


Are you an Arts Organization in need of a loan?

The City has added $1M to the Arts Loan Fund (ALF) of Northern California Grantmakers for low-interest loans to small- to mid-sized arts organizations. Apply here.


Are you a small business in need of a grant?

The City has established a relief fund to offer emergency grants of up to $10K for businesses with 1-5 employees. Eligibility requirements: Must be a for-profit business. An SF license or permit. Less than 2.5M in gross receipts. Evidence of at least 25% loss of revenue in a 30-day period.


Download and complete this application. Due to the volume of interest, it may take 1-2 weeks to review your application. If you need help, call 415-554-6969 or email [email protected]


Are you an artist or arts organization in need of a grant?

Grants between $5,000 and $25,000 for arts organizations to pay rent, salaries, and to help artists stay in San Francisco. Apply here.


Want to learn more about telecommuting?

Telecommuting can help your business continue operations while employees shelter in place. For more information, visit Resources for Managing Teleworkers.


Have another issue not listed here?

Call the Office of Economic and Workforce development at 415-554-6134 or email them at [email protected]