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Grants to California Businesses in Eligible Communities
to Provide Assistance During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Personal Services and Fitness Relief Grant

Agency Type:

Local

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City of Long Beach Recovery Act

Deadline Date:

05/15/22 8:00 PM PDT

Description:

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Grants of up to $25,000 to California businesses in eligible communities to provide assistance during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding is intended for businesses in the fitness and personal service industry. Eligible businesses are those that are located in the City of Long Beach.

The City of Long Beach Personal Services and Fitness Relief Grant will provide direct financial relief to small Long Beach personal services and fitness businesses. The program is made possible by the Long Beach Recovery Act to help local personal services and fitness businesses that have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19 to recover and stabilize.

Grant recipients will be required to attest to their intent to use grant funding for the following eligible uses:

  1. Commercial rent
  2. Payroll
  3. Utilities (e.g., commercial electric or gas bills, internet, etc.)
  4. Personal Protective Equipment (e.g., facemasks, hand sanitizer, face shields, etc.)
  5. Furniture, fixtures, equipment
  6. Technology hardware and digital resources
  7. Marketing
  8. Related expenses that are required to operate a small business
  9. Repairs and expenses related to theft/vandalism/property damage

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 202206

Estimated Size of Grant:

Eligible businesses can receive between $5,000 and $25,000 to support their business. Funding levels will be determined by gross revenue.

Term of Contract:

Grant funds may only be used for allowable expenses incurred on or after March 3, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

1. Be located and operating within the boundaries of Long Beach, California (Address cannot be a PO Box or an address that leads to a shipping center as their physical location)
2. Must have a City of Long Beach business license in a personal services or fitness license category.
3. Must be private for-profit business including sole proprietorships
4. Must have experienced financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 and the related health and safety restrictions, such as business interruptions or closures incurred due to the pandemic. Must be willing to self-attest under penalty of perjury that the business experienced financial hardship. Grant recipients may be subject to an audit administered by the City to verify financial hardship.
5. Must be currently open and active for business
6. Be an independently-owned business
7. Have less than 200 employees
8. Earn no more than $2 million in annual gross revenue
9. Corporations, limited liability companies and limited partnerships must have an “ACTIVE” status with the California Secretary of State.

NOTE: U.S. Citizenship is not required for this program, and non US citizens are encouraged to apply.

The following businesses are not eligible for these programs:
1. Businesses without a physical address in Long Beach, California. Mobile businesses are eligible but must have a business address in Long Beach.
2. Businesses that are permanently closed.
3. Businesses that do not have a City of Long Beach business license in a personal services or fitness license category.
4. Government entities or elected official offices
5. Businesses primarily engaged in political or lobbying activities
6. Passive businesses, investment companies, and investors who file a Schedule E on their personal tax returns
7. Churches and other religious organizations
8. Financial businesses primarily engaged in the business of lending, such as banks and finance companies
9. Businesses engaged in any activity that is illegal under federal, state, or local law
10. Businesses engaged in any socially undesirable activity or activity that may be considered predatory in nature such as check cashing businesses
11. Businesses that have active and unresolved code enforcement and COVID-19 Health Order violations
12. Cannabis businesses

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications will be open for 60 days and are available from 11:00 AM PDT March 16, 2022, until 8:00 PM PDT May 15, 2022.

The City will begin to review and award grant applications on April 15th, so businesses are encouraged to apply early.

Grant awards will be issued after April 15, 2022. It could take up to 3 to 4 weeks for a grantee to receive funds

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://forward-longbeach.livestories.com/

For technical support, call (855) 582-3973 or email forward-support@livestories.com.

For more information please contact the City's BizCare Hotline at (562) 570-4249 or email 4Biz@longbeach.gov.

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