CARES Act Funding now Available to Long Beach Businesses and Nonprofits

FYI from Councilmember Al Austin of District 8, Long Beach

The City announced a comprehensive, equity-based spending plan that supports important community activities and programs, funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding. New programs have been developed and are approved to begin the outreach and application phase. Information will be available via the CARES Act website. The City also will provide pop-up outreach to assist businesses with information and assistance with applications.

Small Business Recovery and Technology Grants

  • Supports businesses through grants for working capital, up to $5,000 each.
  • Supports businesses with COVID-19 safety protocols through and touchless technology costs such as contactless payment systems, up to $2,000 each.

Priority will be given to:

  • Businesses that have laid off or furloughed employees.
  • Small business owners.
  • Diverse small businesses located in low-to-moderate income areas.
  • Businesses that have operated at a very limited capacity due to local Health Orders.

Business Improvement Districts Grants

Provide direct grants to the Business Improvement District (BID) associations in Long Beach to support service delivery for businesses to cope with the impacts of COVID-19, and enables BIDs to maintain service levels.

Nonprofit Relief Grants

This program has two components:

  • $200,000 to provide relief grants to nonprofits that are experiencing hardship during COVID-19
  • $800,000 to fund COVID-19 support services that nonprofits provide to the community.

People may now apply online at the City’s CARES Act website, but funding distribution decisions will occur after September 15.