University Press Books has struggled financially for years despite trying many different approaches to stay in business.
The fund has paid for rent from March through June for about 214 people. Most of the payments went directly to Berkeley landlords.
Small businesses got an average grant of $2,744, arts organizations $16,818. Restaurants and food service businesses made up the largest category of grantees.
Individuals and communities are raising money to give directly to those struggling because of COVID-19.
Berkeley is distributing $3 million and the Berkeley Relief Fund hopes to distribute another $3 million. The deadline for arts organizations is April 20. There is a rolling deadline for renters.
The Berkeley Relief Fund will pool $3 million in city funds and funds raised from private and corporate donations to provide emergency grants to local businesses, nonprofits and tenants.