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Outdoor Dining Grant Prequalification Form Closes Monday, December 28 at 4:00 P.M.
The City of Long Beach Outdoor Dining Grant Program will provide financial relief to Long Beach bars, breweries, distilleries, restaurants, and wineries. It will administer grants up to $10,000 to reimburse a variety of existing eligible expenses associated with operating outdoors. Eligible expenses must have been incurred between June 1, 2020 and December 28, 2020.

The Outdoor Dining Grant Prequalification Form opened Friday, December 18 and will close on Monday, December 28 at 4:00 p.m. (PST). Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Eligibility Requirements 

To qualify for a grant, businesses must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be located in Long Beach and have been impacted by COVID-19.
  • Must have obtained City of Long Beach business license by March 1, 2020.
  • Must be approved to operate outdoors with one of the following:
  • An approved COVID-19 Outdoor Activities Permit (OAP)
  • An approved COVID-19 Parklet Permit
  • An approved Sidewalk Permit
  • Must be operating in adherence to City Health Order; must not be permanently closed
  • Must operate a bar, brewery, distillery, restaurant, or winery
  • Business owners that own multiple establishments may apply more than once, but they will only become eligible for a second grant, if funds remain after all applications have been reviewed

Use of Funding 

All funds must be spent on eligible expenses related to outdoor dining and in response to compliance with COVID-19 Health Orders. Eligible expenses include the following: 

  • Cladding
  • Contactless payment systems
  • Deck installation/improvements
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Heaters/warmers
  • Personal protective equipment (e.g., face masks, face shields, gloves, hand sanitizer, etc.)
  • Sanitization equipment
  • Signage
  • Shade sails
  • Safety equipment (e.g., barriers, reflectors, etc.)
  • Tents/canopies


Application Process
 
To apply for the Outdoor Dining Grant Program, businesses shall complete the following steps:

  • Visit the City’s Outdoor Dining Grant Program webpage.
  • Review Outdoor Dining Grant Program eligibility requirements.
  • If eligible, complete the online Outdoor Dining Prequalification Form.
  • Businesses that are prequalified by the City will be required to submit the following information before receiving final approval for a grant award:
  • Business owner’s valid government photo ID (i.e. driver’s license)
  • Proof of City of Long Beach COVID-19 Outdoor Activities Permit, COVID-19 Parklet Permit, or Sidewalk Permit
  • Receipts, paid invoices and/or other supporting documentation that verifies all expenses are eligible for reimbursement under the Outside Dining Grant Program
  • Copy of City of Long Beach Business License
  • Businesses that are approved for a grant will be required to submit the following upon request:
  • Signed Grant Agreement
  • W9 Form

BizCare Hotline 

Phone number: (562) 570-4249 
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
 
BizCare Pop-Ups 

BizCare pop-ups are currently taking place through Dec. 30, as follows: 

  • Mondays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Admiral Kidd Park (2125 Santa Fe Ave.)
  • Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library (5870 Atlantic Ave.)
  • Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library
  • Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mark Twain Neighborhood Library (1401 E. Anaheim St.)
 
For more information about business assistance and resources, people can go to the Business Support webpage or contact the City’s BizCare Hotline at 562.570.4BIZ. 
California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program
The California Office of the Small Business Advocate will soon begin accepting applications for the Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant. This relief includes $500 million in grants. Applications will open December 30, 2020 at 8:00 AM and close January 8, 2021 at 11:59 PM. Additionally, applicants are encouraged to participate in webinars that will be provided in multiple languages to assist in the grant application process. For more information visit https://careliefgrant.com.
Contact the City of Long Beach BizCare Hotline for Immediate Assistance:

Phone number: 562-570-4BIZ (4249)
Days: Monday - Friday
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

City staff will respond to voicemails made after business hours within 24 hours.