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Small Business Sustainability Program


VTA established a Small Business Sustainability Program to provide financial assistance to those small businesses in the construction areas from Alum Rock Avenue between US-101 and I-680 and on Santa Clara Street between 23rd and 25th Streets.  In addition to increased security, expedited clean up and marketing assistance, financial assistance will be made available.

Tier I – Qualifying small businesses in the areas described above are eligible for $1,000 in financial assistance. Subject to verification of status, checks will be mailed within seven VTA business days of receipt of completed paperwork. 
Tier II – Qualifying small businesses in the areas described above are eligible for between $1,000 and $50,000 in financial assistance. Requests of more than $1,000 will require documentation supporting the additional financial assistance request.

How to Apply For Assistance - Please note, the December 11, 2015 Deadline has passed.  VTA is not accepting additional applications.

Forms and instructions will be available at the VTA Project Information Office located at 1592 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose, CA beginning November 12, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. and are available below and in the Small Business Sustainability Program section of the project library.

Forms must be submitted by December 11, 2015 to VTA’s Project Information Office.
Those applying for Tier I must sign a waiver of past claims.

You may also submit a request for Tier II financial assistance by providing justification for additional financial assistance by February 11, 2016. However, be aware that the amount awarded by the Independent Administrator may be less than requested.
Alternatively, you may apply for Tier II directly for any amount from $1,000 to $50,000. This will require justification of the need for financial assistance without signing a waiver in advance. The amount of financial assistance will be determined by the Independent Administrator.

You will be notified of the determination and required to sign a waiver of past claims. If you are dissatisfied with the amount of financial assistance and decline to sign the waiver, you will receive no payment under this program but you will preserve your right to file a claim or proceed with other actions.

Checks will be mailed within seven VTA business days of receipt of the waiver of past claims and acceptance of financial assistance amount.​

Small Business Sustainability Program Forms







Contact Us

VTA Project Information Office

1592 Alum Rock Avenue
​San Jose, CA 95116
New office hours beginning week of 1/18/16: Tuesday through Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Field Office Phone: (408) 929-2990

VTA Community Outreach

Phone: (408) 321-7575
TTY only: (408) 321-2330