CARES Act Small Business Transition and Technology Grant
The Small Business Transition and Technology (SBTT) Program will provide grants to support small businesses operating in Long Beach with an emphasis on those most impacted by COVID-19. Approximately $3,300,000 is available for the SBTT Grants. The SBTT Program will provide Working Capital Grants up to $5,000 and Technology Grants up to $2,000.
Eligible uses of grant funding include, but are not limited to:
Working Capital Grant
- Commercial rent
- Personal protective equipment
- Furniture, fixtures, and equipment that help businesses safely operate
- Technology solutions that help business safely operate and transition to digital services and build their online presence, such as contactless payment systems, queuing systems, website development, digital marketing, and more.
Applicants may be eligible to receive up to $7,000 in grant funding.
Application and Selection Process
To qualify for the SBTT Grant, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Must have active City of Long Beach business license
- Must have been impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic and be able to provide supporting documentation to verify financial loss
- Must not operate one of the following businesses:
- Bail bonds
- Cannabis related business
- Check cashing businesses, payday loan and other short-term loan businesses or similar types of businesses
- Insurance companies
- National franchises (except for franchises individually owned)
- Non-profit organizations (eligible for Non-Profit Relief Grant - coming soon)
- Pyramid sale distribution plans
- Real Estate Companies including short-term rental operators
- Start-up Businesses/Ventures
- A business not located in Long Beach, California
The application intake and selection process will include the following steps:
- Applicant visits SBTT webpage.
- Applicant clicks on SBTT Grant application and creates new ZoomGrants account.
- Applicant completes SBTT Grant application online (paper copies will be made available for applicants who cannot access online application).
- City Staff screens application and required documentation for eligibility to receive SBTT Grant funding.
- City Staff informs applicant of SBTT Grant eligibility.
- City staff contacts approved applicant to review and sign Grant Agreement and other pertinent documents.
The applicant should be aware of the following:
- Grant fund disbursement may take up to three weeks from receipt of the completed application, including all required documentation
- Funding is subject to availability. Submittting an application does not guarantee funding.
- Applicants may call or email the Economic Development Department BizCare Hotline with application questions at 562-570-4BIZ (4249) or 4Biz@longbeach.gov