PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

8/5/2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 080520
Subject:
Applications Available for City of Long Beach Small Business Restart Grants
Contact:
City of Long Beach Joint Information Center
562.570.NEWS
jic@longbeach.gov





Long Beach, CA - Application forms and program materials are available for a small business assistance program to provide relief to qualified businesses that sustained property damage and loss of inventory on May 31, 2020.

“We promised to help every business who was vandalized or looted and needed assistance,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “The Rebuild Long Beach Relief Fund is designed to help businesses in need of financial support to recover.”

Administered by the Economic Development Department, the Small Business Restart Grant Program (SBR Grant) has been made available as part of the Rebuild Long Beach Relief Fund. Applicants may be eligible for up to $10,000 in SBR Grant funding. 

SBR Grant funds may be used for the following purposes:
  • Replacing lost inventory
  • Making repairs to the exterior or interior of a business
  • Replacing lost equipment
  • Repairing damaged equipment
  • Paying business interruption insurance deductibles
  • Working capital to continue operations

The SBR Grant Program is available on a first-come, first-served basis. After completing the Business Damage Assessment Form, business operators will be contacted to receive instructions on how to apply. The grant award will be based on supporting documentation provided by applicants that can verify the extent of damages received on May 31, 2020. 

Business owners can call the Long Beach Business Hotline, 562.570.4BIZ (4249) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays with questions. In-person application assistance is available outdoors at the City Hall Plaza (411 W. Ocean Blvd.) from 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and from noon to 4 p.m. on Thursdays through Sept. 29, 2020. No appointment is necessary, but to secure a one-hour appointment with language interpretation, applicants must email 4biz@longbeach.gov and include their time slot and language preferences.

On Tuesday, Aug. 4, the City Council approved $1 million to assist Long Beach small businesses that were impacted on May 31, 2020. Combined with other funding sources, a total of $1.25 million in grant funds are available.

For the latest information on COVID-19, with details on all that the City of Long Beach is doing to keep our residents safe, visit longbeach.gov/COVID19 and follow @LongBeachCity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

###