Small Business Grant Programs
The City of Long Beach is committed to helping small businesses survive and recover. This page summarizes grant programs that Long Beach businesses may benefit from. Some of these programs will be available in June 2021 while others will launch later this summer.
On January 12, 2021, the City Council approved the development of the CRAG. GRAG is funded by the third round of emergency grant funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG CV-3) allocation. CRAG will provide financial relief to small businesses located in low-to-moderate income areas that have lost revenue as a result of COVID-19 and State and Local Health Orders that restricted business operations. Approximately $1.7 million is available for this program. Grants totaling $4,000 are available to help businesses pay commercial lease payments that are outstanding or will become due in the 2021 calendar year.
The Commercial Rental Assistance Grant application is now open. Click here for more information.
Business License Tax and Fees Grant for Full-Service Restaurants
On November 17, 2020, the City Council approved the Business License Tax and Fees Grant Program (“Program”). The Program will provide financial relief to full-service independent restaurants by paying for all or a portion of calendar year 2020 business license taxes and fees based on how long businesses are materially restricted and impacted as a result of the Health Order.
The Business License Tax and Fees Grant for Full-Service Restaurants application is projected to open in June 2021.
Current State and Federal Grants
California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant
Governor Gavin Newsom has announced a plan to invest an additional $1.5B into the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. We are waiting on further information and we will update the website as soon as it becomes available from the State. The full announcement can be read HERE.
The PPE Unite™ program is a joint effort to give small businesses and organizations access to much-needed personal protective gear to keep their staff and employees safe. This public and private partnership program creates access to PPE, promotes PPE use, and provides additional resources for businesses.
Deadline: The online application will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted.
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Long Beach Recovery Plan
The Long Beach Recovery Plan focuses on various economic, fiscal and public health priorities that promote inclusive, effective, and prosperous economic and social recovery for Long Beach residents, business owners, and workers critically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Tuesday, March 16, the Long Beach City Council voted to adopt the Long Beach Recovery Act to fund economic, public health and fiscal initiatives for Long Beach residents, business owners and workers critically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The adopted $234 million plan includes additional funding provided by the American Rescue Act, including $15 million for the Long Beach Airport and $12.35 million for additional programs for businesses and residents.
Additionally, the plan includes funding for the following grant programs:
- Restaurant, Brewery, and Bar Grant: $5 million program that will provide grants to food and beverage businesses.
- Personal Services and Fitness Resiliency Grant: $5 million program that will provide grants to beauty salons, barber shops, nail salons, gyms/fitness facilities, and related businesses.
- Small Business Relief Grant: $2 million program that will provide grants to businesses not eligible for the Restaurant, Brewery, and Bar Grant or the Personal Services and Fitness Resiliency Grant.
- Non-Profit Relief Grant: $3 million program that will provide grants to non-profit organizations.
BizCare Hotline & Pop-Ups
BizCare mobile pop-ups are available to all Long Beach small businesses and are focused on businesses in communities that have been most impacted by the pandemic. The pop-ups provide business owners or their representatives with free one-on-one, in-person support to complete local, non-profit, state, and federal grant applications free of charge. Businesses are provided community resources, such as loans and free technical assistance. Multilingual translation services are available on-site at each of the pop-ups.
For any questions, you may contact Economic Development at the BizCare Hotline at 562-570-4BIZ (4249) or email us at 4Biz@longbeach.gov. The BizCare Hotline hours are Monday through Friday 8:00AM – 5:00PM.
Get more information on COVID-19 Business Support.