Small Property Owner Assistance Program 

The Small Residential Property Owner Program application period is open from Thursday, October 15 through Friday, November 6.

Application Questions? Contact: PropertyOwnerGrants@smcgov.org

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

PROGRAM OVERVIEW QUESTIONS

How can property owners apply?


Online applications for the Small Property Owners Assistance Program will be accepted at www.smcstrong.org/smallpropertyownergrant. The application period will open October 15, 2020. The application and any updates will be posted at www.smcstrong.org/smallpropertyownergrant.




How long will applications be accepted?


The initial application period will be open for two weeks, through November 6, 2020. All applications received during that period will be reviewed. If there are funds remaining after applications have been processed from the first two-week application period, there will be a second application period.




Is the program first come, first served?


No. All applications received within the initial two-week application window will be considered at the end of the application period, and grantmaking decisions will not be based on the order of submission.




Will priority be given to certain eligible units?


Yes. All applications will be reviewed for eligibility, and eligible units will be prioritized based on two factors: 1) location within priority zip codes having high poverty and COVID-19 infection rates, and 2) the ratio of rental loss to the property owner’s income.




What information will a property owner need to submit for the application?


  • Νame and address;
  • Full tax returns from 2018 and 2019;
  • Completed W-9.
In addition, for each rental unit for which a property owner seeks a grant, the owner will need to submit:
  • Property address and APN;
  • Most recent property tax statement;
  • Proof of ownership, such as property tax statement, deed of trust, trust certificate court order, etc. (see ownership FAQs below);
  • Current rent agreement or signed affidavit that unit currently has a tenant, with associated bank statements;
  • 2020 rent roll or year-to-date bank statements for 2020.
As part of the application, a property owner will need to attest under penalty of perjury that the following conditions are met:
  • The property owner’s primary residence is located in San Mateo County;
  • Property lost rental income between April 1, 2020 and August 31, 2020 due to the economic impacts of COVID-19;
  • Property has no code violations;
  • Property has no unaddressed public liens; and
  • If selected as a grantee, property owner will discharge back-rent owed in an amount equal to the amount of rental losses between April 1 and August 31, 2020 up to a maximum forgiveness amount of $7,500.




How will I know the financial information I submit with my application is secure?


A secure online portal has been created for submission of the application and all supporting applicant confidential financial documentation. San Mateo Credit Union Community Fund is conducting the underwriting for this grant program, and all applicant information reviewed by the Community Fund will be subject to the Credit Union’s privacy policy (www.smcu.org/Financial-Wellness/Security/Privacy-Center/Privacy-Policy).





APPLICATION PROCESS QUESTIONS

How can property owners apply?


Online applications for the Small Property Owners Assistance Program will be accepted at www.smcstrong.org/smallpropertyownergrant. The application period will open October 15, 2020. The application and any updates will be posted at www.smcstrong.org/smallpropertyownergrant.




How long will applications be accepted?


The initial application period will be open for two weeks, through November 6, 2020. All applications received during that period will be reviewed. If there are funds remaining after applications have been processed from the first two-week application period, there will be a second application period.




Is the program first come, first served?


No. All applications received within the initial two-week application window will be considered at the end of the application period, and grantmaking decisions will not be based on the order of submission.




Will priority be given to certain eligible units?


Yes. All applications will be reviewed for eligibility, and eligible units will be prioritized based on two factors: 1) location within priority zip codes having high poverty and COVID-19 infection rates, and 2) the ratio of rental loss to the property owner’s income.




What information will a property owner need to submit for the application?


  • Νame and address;
  • Full tax returns from 2018 and 2019;
  • Completed W-9.
In addition, for each rental unit for which a property owner seeks a grant, the owner will need to submit:
  • Property address and APN;
  • Most recent property tax statement;
  • Proof of ownership, such as property tax statement, deed of trust, trust certificate court order, etc. (see ownership FAQs below);
  • Current rent agreement or signed affidavit that unit currently has a tenant, with associated bank statements;
  • 2020 rent roll or year-to-date bank statements for 2020.
As part of the application, a property owner will need to attest under penalty of perjury that the following conditions are met:
  • The property owner’s primary residence is located in San Mateo County;
  • Property lost rental income between April 1, 2020 and August 31, 2020 due to the economic impacts of COVID-19;
  • Property has no code violations;
  • Property has no unaddressed public liens; and
  • If selected as a grantee, property owner will discharge back-rent owed in an amount equal to the amount of rental losses between April 1 and August 31, 2020 up to a maximum forgiveness amount of $7,500.




How will I know the financial information I submit with my application is secure?


A secure online portal has been created for submission of the application and all supporting applicant confidential financial documentation. San Mateo Credit Union Community Fund is conducting the underwriting for this grant program, and all applicant information reviewed by the Community Fund will be subject to the Credit Union’s privacy policy (www.smcu.org/Financial-Wellness/Security/Privacy-Center/Privacy-Policy).





PROPERTY OWNERSHIP QUESTIONS

How can property owners apply?


Online applications for the Small Property Owners Assistance Program will be accepted at www.smcstrong.org/smallpropertyownergrant. The application period will open October 15, 2020. The application and any updates will be posted at www.smcstrong.org/smallpropertyownergrant.




How long will applications be accepted?


The initial application period will be open for two weeks, through November 6, 2020. All applications received during that period will be reviewed. If there are funds remaining after applications have been processed from the first two-week application period, there will be a second application period.




Is the program first come, first served?


No. All applications received within the initial two-week application window will be considered at the end of the application period, and grantmaking decisions will not be based on the order of submission.




Will priority be given to certain eligible units?


Yes. All applications will be reviewed for eligibility, and eligible units will be prioritized based on two factors: 1) location within priority zip codes having high poverty and COVID-19 infection rates, and 2) the ratio of rental loss to the property owner’s income.




What information will a property owner need to submit for the application?


  • Νame and address;
  • Full tax returns from 2018 and 2019;
  • Completed W-9.
In addition, for each rental unit for which a property owner seeks a grant, the owner will need to submit:
  • Property address and APN;
  • Most recent property tax statement;
  • Proof of ownership, such as property tax statement, deed of trust, trust certificate court order, etc. (see ownership FAQs below);
  • Current rent agreement or signed affidavit that unit currently has a tenant, with associated bank statements;
  • 2020 rent roll or year-to-date bank statements for 2020.
As part of the application, a property owner will need to attest under penalty of perjury that the following conditions are met:
  • The property owner’s primary residence is located in San Mateo County;
  • Property lost rental income between April 1, 2020 and August 31, 2020 due to the economic impacts of COVID-19;
  • Property has no code violations;
  • Property has no unaddressed public liens; and
  • If selected as a grantee, property owner will discharge back-rent owed in an amount equal to the amount of rental losses between April 1 and August 31, 2020 up to a maximum forgiveness amount of $7,500.




How will I know the financial information I submit with my application is secure?


A secure online portal has been created for submission of the application and all supporting applicant confidential financial documentation. San Mateo Credit Union Community Fund is conducting the underwriting for this grant program, and all applicant information reviewed by the Community Fund will be subject to the Credit Union’s privacy policy (www.smcu.org/Financial-Wellness/Security/Privacy-Center/Privacy-Policy).





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