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Los Angeles County is offering financial assistance for a specific group of businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The application will be open online until 11:59 p.m. Monday, October 26.
Financial aid of up to $ 30,000 is only for six types of businesses: breweries and wineries that do not have food service, miniature golf parks, individual batting venues, go-kart racing centers and tanning salons.
This is because the county believes that these businesses have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.
Carolina Romo, program manager for the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA), said that even though the state had allowed them to reopen, an official order from the Los Angeles County Health Department ordered them to close again from on September 4, 2020.
The Small Business Revitalization Grant Program II, operated by LACDA, is funded by the CARES Act – from which Los Angeles County received $ 1 billion from the federal government, Romo said.
Applications will have preference with Los Angeles County businesses and subsequently Los Angeles City businesses; since the city of Los Angeles has its own funding fund.
Romo said Los Angeles County’s first round of business aid was offered last week but finalists have not yet been chosen to receive the aid.
Both the first and second round processes are expected to take between one and two weeks to notify business owners if they were successful in obtaining monetary assistance.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solís said that after visiting some local companies and hearing from the owners of these companies she felt it was important to advocate for them.
“I am proud to have advocated for the revised Brewery Health Officer Order Guidelines and this second chance for financial assistance, which will bring further relief to local breweries and businesses in other industries, who continue to struggle through the crisis.” Solís said in a statement.
“This unprecedented global pandemic requires an unprecedented response, and Los Angeles County stands ready to support.”
Romo said it’s important for breweries to make sure they have a number 23 license and wineries a number 2 license before applying.
Among the main requirements for business owners to apply for this assistance are that they have 100 or fewer employees and that during the past three years they have obtained an average gross income of $ 10 million.
They must show documents such as their 2019 or 2018 taxes, a copy of the business license, forms 940 or 941 to verify how many employees there are and the copy of the license of the breweries or wineries, among other documents.
Businesses that have previously received assistance from other County or City of Los Angeles CARES Act or COVID-19 funded programs are not eligible.
Additionally, if the applicant receives grant funds, they cannot use them to cover expenses previously paid with a Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan.
For more information or to fill out your application visit: https://wwwa.lacda.org/home/small-business-revitalization-grant