City of Long Beach Small Business Grant Programs
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 BLTF Grant will provide financial relief to full-service, independently owned restaurants by paying certain business license taxes and fees charged by the City between the period of January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Approximately $1.3 million is available for the BLTF Grant.
The Business License Tax and Fees Grant for Full-Service Restaurants application opens noon Monday, July 26 and closes at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 30, 2021. Click here to learn more information on the program.
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: Program that will provide working capital grants to food and beverage businesses.
- Personal Services and Fitness Resiliency Grant: Program that will provide working grants to beauty salons, barber shops, nail salons, gyms/fitness facilities, and related businesses.
- Small Business Relief Grant: 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: 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.