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Established in 1914 by the state legislature, State Fund is California's most reliable provider of workers' compensation insurance and a vital asset to California businesses. State Fund supports California's entrepreneurial spirit and plays a stabilizing role in the economy by providing fairly priced workers' compensation insurance, helping California employers keep their workplaces safe, and restoring injured workers.

Essential Business Support Fund

To support California’s essential businesses during the COVID-19 crisis, State Fund has established the Essential Business Support Fund -- a $50 million relief fund to help policyholders defray the costs of protecting workers from coronavirus and maintaining a safe workplace.

If you are a State Fund policyholder operating an essential business during the COVID-19 crisis, you may be eligible for a grant to help with safety-related expenses. Grants are available to reimburse you for items such as:

  • Goggles
  • Masks
  • Gloves
  • Cleaning supplies and services
  • Worksite modifications

Ineligible expenses include:

  • Home workstation equipment
  • Routine supplies
  • Regular staffing expenses

Individual grants can total up to $10,000 or twice the amount of your premium, whichever is less.

Eligible policyholders include:

  • Businesses deemed essential by the Governor and that have continued operations through the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Essential businesses who have already incurred, or will incur, costs for workplace safety related to COVID-19 between the dates of March 1, 2020 through the depletion of the fund.

To apply for a grant, please complete the application and return it as soon as possible to Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. 

NOTE: State Fund offers two grant funds to help policyholders pay for implementing COVID-19 protections in their workplace:

  • The Returning California to Work COVID-19 Protocol Fund is for businesses deemed non-essential by the Governor’s shelter in place order and that are now in the process of re-opening. 
  • The Essential Business Support Fund is for businesses deemed essential and that remained open during the Governor’s stay-at-home order.

Policyholders may apply for one grant fund only.

Or you can print the application and mail to:

State Fund
Safety and Health Services
1030 Vaquero Circle
Vacaville CA, 95688

Note: Mailing the application may cause processing delays. Please do not staple or clip your application and documentation.

Please review the Essential Business Support Fund and Returning California to Work Covid-19 Safety Protocol Fund Eligibility Requirements and Frequently Asked Questions.

If you have questions about the fund or your application, please send them to

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