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The Golden State Stimulus 2021: COVID-19 Financial Relief

Governor Newsom has created this COVID-19 stimulus to help families and individuals. The state will grant Golden State Stimulus payments to Californians who qualify.

Learn all about how much you can get and if you’re eligible.

How much you can get

You can receive $600 payments.

There’s also relief and support for:

  • small businesses
  • farmworkers
  • college students
  • child care workers
  • and more


  • People with low to moderate incomes or that claimed the California earned income tax credit. You need to make $30,000 or less a year.
  • Immigrants who pay taxes using an ITIN. You need to make $75,000 a year or less after deductions.
  • If you receive assistance from state programs aimed at blind, disabled, or low-income families, you are eligible.

You don’t need to apply for this stimulus. If you are eligible and filed your 2020 taxes, you’ll receive it automatically.

Are you having problems receiving the payment? Visit this site.

Small business relief ($2.6 billion)

You can get up to $25,000 in grants that can help with:
  • employee expenses
  • rent
  • utilities
  • costs associated with COVID-19

Also, there will be a $115 million fee reduction for two years for restaurants, bars, and cosmetology businesses. Plus, there are $50 million in grants for cultural institutions.

Other relief

  • Housing for the Harvest ($24 million). If you’re an agricultural worker that needs to isolate because of COVID, this program offers temporary hotel housing.
  • Financial aid for college students ($123 million ). If you’re a community college student, this program will create emergency financial assistance grants in the California Community Colleges.
  • Child care funds ($400 million). Children of essential workers that are enrolled in all state-subsidized child care and preschool providers will receive a stipend of $525.
Golden State Stimulus
Stimulus For who? When?
Workers who
made up to $30,000 last year will qualify
for a $600 tax rebate along with the 2020
California Earned Income Tax Credit. It includes undocumented workers who file taxes. (ITIN holders)
Low-income Workers
  • Four to five weeks after filing 2020 tax returns, if you have direct deposit.
  • Six to seven weeks after filing, if you need the check mailed.
Workers who made less than $30,000 will qualify for a second stimulus payment, bringing their total to $1,200.

Workers who made between $30,000 and $75,000 can qualify for a single $600 tax rebate.

Undocumented workers
  • Four to five weeks after filing 2020 tax returns, if you have direct deposit.
  • Six to seven weeks after filing, if you need the check mailed.
Very low-income families with children will receive grant payments of $600. CalWORKS recipients
  • By mid-April
Recipients of Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment or the state’s Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants will receive grant payments of $600. Blind, elderly, and disabled people
  • Unclear. Timing depends on coordination with the Social Security Administration, according to the state.

Learn more about the Golden State Stimulus

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