Nov 23

Small businesses may be eligible for $250 electricity bill credit

Posted on November 23, 2020 at 4:51 pm by Clay Curtin

Many small businesses throughout San Mateo County have been struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To support local economic recovery, Peninsula Clean Energy is offering a $250 electricity bill credit for up to 6,000 qualifying small business customers. Peninsula Clean Energy has dedicated $1.5 million to help San Mateo County small businesses.

Qualifying businesses will receive a letter and an email to the addresses listed on their electricity account with steps on how to apply for the credit. The letter should include a unique ID to access the application. Please complete the online application by November 30, 2020.

  • Be on an A1, B1, A6 or B6 electricity rate plan, which is noted on your electricity bill
  • Businesses must have no more than two accounts in their name
If you haven’t received your letter and believe you meet the qualifications, please email Peninsula Clean Energy.

Nov 16

Great Plates Delivered program extended to Dec. 8

Posted on November 16, 2020 at 8:00 pm by Clay Curtin

San Mateo County’s Great Plates Delivered program that provides delivery of nutritious meals from 60 local restaurants to 1,298 qualifying County residents has received additional funding and will continue until December 8, 2020. Senior applications to receive food through the County's program are being accepted at 800-675-8437.

The program meets the needs of residents who may have difficulty accessing meals while sheltering-in-place, and supports local restaurants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding is through state and federal emergency management agencies. To qualify you must be 65 and older, or age 60-64 and at high-risk from COVID-19, or COVID-19 positive or have been exposed to COVID-19, and live alone or with one other eligible adult.

To learn more about the program, review the program FAQs and the check out the program fact sheet:
Nov 16

Small Property Owner Grant requirements revised, application period ends Nov. 25

Posted on November 16, 2020 at 8:00 pm by Clay Curtin

The Small Property Owner Assistance program established to assist residential property owners impacted by COVID-19 has reduced some application requirements and extended the application deadline to Wednesday, November 25, 2020. It is available in English, Spanish and Chinese. 

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors dedicated $2 million to establish a grant program for small residential rental property owners in the County who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible property owners in San Mateo County may apply for up to $7,500 in claimed losses and may receive direct cash grants up to $6,000 per unit for up to 10 units per applicant. 

While income and rental price remain priorities for grant making decisions, the following requirements have been eliminated:
  • Applicants are no longer subject to income caps
  • Eligible properties no longer must be rented at or below fair market rates
The San Mateo County Association of Realtors and the California Apartment Association will provide assistance to small property owner applicants who need help during the application period.  Once the application period begins, if you have questions on the application itself, please email San Mateo County

Applications will only be accepted online at SMC Strong. For more information, please visit the frequently asked questions or call 211.