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State Fund Now Accepting Applications for $50 Million Return to Work Safety Fund

May 21, 2020

Pleasanton, CA—State Compensation Insurance Fund (State Fund) announced today it has started accepting applications for its $50 million Returning California to Work COVID-19 Safety Protocol Fund. The fund will help State Fund policyholders implement new safety measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 as California’s stay-at-home orders are lifted.

“Our return to work safety fund will help protect businesses, employees and their customers from COVID-19,” said State Fund President & CEO Vern Steiner. “By providing this support, we’re ensuring that businesses can afford to make the critical safety upgrades needed to meet the Governor’s prudent, phased re-opening recommendations. That’s good for the health of Californians and good for our economy.”

The Returning California to Work COVID-19 Safety Protocol Fund was designed specifically for businesses who were not deemed “essential” under Governor Newsom’s COVID-19 executive orders. It provides grants to qualified policyholders to help defray the costs of safety-related expenses, planned or already incurred, related to protecting their workforces from COVID-19. It covers costs such as goggles, masks, and gloves; cleaning supplies and services; and worksite modifications. Individual grants can total up to twice the policyholder’s estimated annual premium (EAP) up to a maximum of $10,000, whichever is less. These grants are not a loan and do not require repayment. They can be applied to expenses incurred as early as March 1, 2020 or to future expenses related to protecting the workforce from COVID-19. State Fund will continue to accept applications and award grants until the $50 million fund is depleted. Applications and fund details are available here.

State Fund also offers guidance to all California businesses on re-opening requirements and how to establish a pandemic prevention plan on its safety resource site,

More information about State Fund’s actions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic can be found at


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