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We are open for business, and here to support you. Due to the rapidly changing pandemic, we will be updating this page with new developments and encourage you to check back here for the most up to date information. Banks are considered essential businesses. As such, we are open and continue to offer vital services to our community. We recognize the fluidity and gravity of the situation and its impact and we hope you will find these resources helpful during this challenging time.

An ordinance issued by the County of Santa Cruz, effective on April 25, 2020, requires that masks or face coverings be worn when visiting any essential business. This makes it mandatory for our employees and anyone visiting our branches to wear a mask or face covering. As an added safety measure, we have plexiglass barriers at each teller station.

Santa Cruz County Bank received Blue Check approval, by the Public Health Department of Santa Cruz County, for the implementation of our heightened health and safety measures, ensuring that our employees, customers and community members are protected. Read about some of the precautions we have taken to reduce the risk of exposure.

Economic Recovery

Shop Small and Local Year Round

Let's Put Our Money Where Our Life Is. When you shop locally you're supporting the economic vitality of the community by helping local businesses keep their doors open. Supporting locally owned businesses is more critical now than ever before.

Santa Cruz County Bank has a long-standing history of support to our precious community, and this year is no exception. Recently SCCB partnered with the Downtown Association to help promote their holiday shopping campaign, "Shop Santa Cruz Downtown".

As you support our local merchants, remember to "Cruz Safely" when shopping, purchasing gift cards, and ordering take out.

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Economic Recovery Council

David Heald The Economic Recovery Council of Santa Cruz County (ERC) - formed in the Spring of 2020 to support a safe, phased and sustainable reopening of the local economy - is providing weekly updates related to Covid-19 in Santa Cruz County. Santa Cruz County Bank is a member of this vital group of community leaders who are working to get Santa Cruz County back to work.

Santa Cruz County CARES Recovery Program

In response to the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis throughout the nation, the federal government enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on March 27, 2020. Included in the $2 trillion economic relief package, was an approximately $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) directed to states, local governments, and tribal entities for economic and disaster relief.

On June 29, 2020, Governor Newsom signed into law the Budget Act of 2020, which allocated a portion of CRF directly to the County.

Below is the Small Business Assistance Grant Program specific to small businesses, existing County community partners, and non-profit partners responding to the public health crisis.

Small Business Assistance Grant Program

To mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on Santa Cruz County small businesses and their employees, the Santa Cruz County Cares Recovery Program has committed up to $1,000,000 in one-time funds to create a Small Business Assistance Grant Program.

NEW: California Small Business Relief Grant Program

The Governor announced the creation of a $500 million COVID Relief Grant for small businesses that have been impacted by COVID and the health and safety restrictions. Funds would be awarded in amounts up to $25,000 to underserved micro and small businesses throughout the state by early 2021. Non-profits would also be eligible for these grants. For information and applications, visit: COVID19.CA.GOV .

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