COVID-19 Business & Individual Resources - Updated 1/11/21

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January 11, 2021


  • SBA Paycheck Protection Program – REOPENED
    • Resumes January 11, 2021 at 9:00 am.
    • This loan program provides loan forgiveness for retaining employees by temporarily expanding the traditional SBA 7(a) loan program.
    • Applications for Paycheck Protect Program loans are now open! To assist eligible borrowers in underserved and disadvantaged communities, at least $15 billion is being set aside for First Draw PPP loans and $25 billion for the Second Draw PPP loans to eligible borrowers with a maximum of 10 employees or for loans of $250,000 or less to eligible borrowers in low- or moderate-income neighborhoods. To promote access for smaller lenders and their customers, SBA will initially only accept loan applications from community financial institutions for First Draw starting on January 11, 2021 and Second Draw starting on January 13, 2021. The PPP will open to all participating lenders shortly thereafter. Participating Community Financial Institutions include Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), Certified Development Companies (CDCs), and Microloan Intermediaries. 
    • More info & apply here
  • California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program - APPLICATION PERIOD EXTENDED TO 1/13
    • Round 1 Application window: Wednesday, December 30 to Wednesday, January 13 (EXTENDED)
    • California recently announced a $500 million Small Business Covid-19 Relief Grant program for eligible small business owners and nonprofits who have been impacted by COVID-19 and the health and safety restrictions. Grants up to $25,000 will be given to eligible small businesses and nonprofits to help cover expenses during the pandemic.
    • If you have questions about this grant, the SBDC Network is hosting free webinars in multiple languages to provide you with answers and help you prepare to apply. RSVP for these webinars here
    • More info & apply here:
  • Main Street Small Business Tax Relief 
    • California’s governor signed Senate Bill 1447 establishing the Main Street Small Business Tax Credit. This bill provides financial relief to qualified small businesses for the economic disruptions in 2020 that have resulted in unprecedented job losses.
    • The credits are allocated by CDTFA on a first-come, first-served basis until the credits are exhausted at $100 million.
    • Deadline to claim: January 15th, 2021
    • More info
  • LADWP Community Partnership Outreach Grants for Non-Profit Organizations
    • LADWP awards grants to local non-profit organizations for outreach and education to improve energy efficiency and water conservation in Los Angeles communities.
    • The 8th Round of Outreach and Education Grants is open, please review the announcement and application.
    • The deadline for submitting the application is Thursday, January 21, 2021 by 3:00 p.m. and must be sent to
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  • FOUND / LA Small Business Recovery Fund
    • Grant program to help protect small businesses across Los Angeles County in partnership with Pacific Community Ventures and TMC Community Capital.
    • The size of the grant will be between $5,000 and $25,000 depending on the size of the business. 
    • Round 1 - Application window open: December 14 - 20
    • Round 2 - Application window open: January 11 - 17
    • More info & apply


  • PPE Unite: Providing Free PPE to Your Business - UPDATE 12/29/30
    • LA County Consumer & Business Affairs partnered with public and private sector organizations to create access to personal protective equipment for small businesses across the County of Los Angeles through PPE Unite™.
    • PPE for small businesses may include: face masks, hand sanitizer, face shields 
    • Get your one-time FREE 30-day supply of PPE -- offered on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.
    • This unique effort is expanding with: 2 pick-up locations (5 days/week) & PPE Pickup Events in hyperlocal communities around LA County
    • Sign up here:
  • City of Los Angeles: LA Al Fresco
    • The City is offering streamlined, immediate approval for eligible businesses to provide outdoor seating in the following areas: sidewalks, private parking lots, street parking spaces, lane closures, street closures.
    • More information
    • Apply here
  • Google: Grow with Google "Paso a Paso" 
    • Free tools and training to help any Latino-owned business adapt and grow 
    • More information
  • SBA COVID-19 Resources for Small Businesses
  • SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans 
  • SBA Debt Relief
    • The SBA will pay 6 months of principal, interest, and any associated fees that borrowers owe for all current 7(a), 504, and Microloans in regular servicing status as well as new 7(a), 504, and Microloans disbursed prior to September 27, 2020. This relief is not available for Paycheck Protection Program loans or Economic Injury Disaster loans. 
    • More information here:
  • SBA Disaster Assistance due to civil unrest
    • The deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan was extended to Sept. 16, 2020. Applications for Economic Injury are due by March 17, 2021
    • Disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are now available to all LA County small business owners and nonprofits who suffered physical damage or economic injury due to the recent civil unrest that began on May 26, 2020.
    • Apply Online: applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information & download applications at  

Resources from County & City Government Agencies

  • LA Optimized - Helping Small Businesses Confront the Impacts of COVID-19 
    • The Mayor and the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development are digitizing Los Angeles small businesses with LA Optimized! With the onset of the pandemic, many small businesses have been disproportionately impacted as consumers became increasingly comfortable purchasing online.  When once it was an option, small businesses now require digital solutions to market and grow their business. LA Optimized will help small businesses adapt to this rapidly changing shift in consumer behavior and technological advances by assisting Small Businesses optimize their businesses for online sales and marketing. 
    • Qualified businesses will be selected starting January 2021.
    • More info & apply here:
  • CA Gov - Get Digitial 
  • LA County Disaster Help Center
    • Counselors are available Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to help business owners navigate emergency loan applications and help individuals that were recently laid off due to this emergency. Multilingual help is available. 
    • Contact: 
  • LA County Public Health Reopening Toolkits
  • LA County COVID-19 Safety Compliance Program 
    • Program for Los Angeles County businesses currently permitted to operate to voluntarily self-certify that they are fully implementing the required COVID-19 Protocols from the Los Angeles Department of Public Health (Public Health). This process will help business owners follow the required Protocols and maintain their operations with as much safety as possible for their staff, customers, and visitors. The COVID-19 Safety Compliance Certificate is not required, but it is recommended.
    • More info + certification program here
  • Emergency Food Distribution by LA County Workforce Development Aging and Community Services 
    • LA County Workforce Development Aging and Community Services (WDACS) is still providing emergency food distribution at community and senior centers to low-income families and older adults. 
    • More information + service centers here:


Grant Opportunity: Keep L.A. County Dining - APPLICATION LIMIT REACHED
  • Program launch: Thursday, December 3rd at 12:00 am 
  • The Keep L.A. County Dining Grant will provide $30,000 to use as working capital for employee payroll expenses, capital to continue operations, payment of outstanding business expenses, and adaptive business practices needed to remain open. Preference will be given to restaurants that provided outdoor dining as of November 24, 2020.
  • Learn more & apply:
Feed the Soul Foundation - Restaurant Business Development Grant Program - APPLICATION CLOSED
  • The Feed the Soul foundation will support marginalized culinary business owners. The Feed the Soul Foundation classifies marginalized business owners as people of color, LGBTQIA+, senior citizens, military combat veterans, hearing, visually, and physically challenged persons, and formerly incarcerated individuals. 
  • Application open: October 5, 2020 - January 5, 2021
  • Learn more & apply: