What you should know
- It allows eligible restaurants, excluding those in the cities of Los Angeles and Pasadena, to receive up to $ 30,000 in assistance.
- The application period will begin Thursday morning and will remain open until Sunday at 11:59 pm, or until 2,500 applications are received, whichever comes first.
- For more information, call 626-943-3833 or click here.
Restaurants that have lost profits due to coronavirus health regulations in Los Angeles County, which recently cut off meals within the premises due to the increase in COVID cases, can apply this week for up to $ 30,000 in assistance.
The Keep Los Angeles County Meal Subsidy Program officially begins Thursday, allowing eligible restaurants, excluding those in the cities of Los Angeles and Pasadena, to receive up to $ 30,000 in employee payroll assistance, capital for continue operations, payment of outstanding business expenses, and adaptive business practices necessary to remain open.
The fund has a total of approximately $ 5.6 million, divided among the county’s five supervisory districts.
Preference will be given to restaurants offering alfresco dining beginning Nov. 24, depending on the county. The Los Angeles County Development Authority administers the program (LACDA).
LACDA officials said restaurant owners who apply must show that their business was affected by COVID-19 through difficulties due to the closure and a reduction in revenue.
Businesses that have already received assistance from other Los Angeles County Financial Relief, Relief and Security Act (CARES) programs are not eligible.
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“This pandemic and the recent closure of alfresco dining has been devastating to our restaurants and restaurant workers,” County Supervisor Janice Hahn said in a statement.
“These grants are designed to help as many restaurants as possible make ends meet and overcome this crisis. We know it won’t be enough. We need another federal stimulus package to provide a lifeline to all of our struggling businesses and workers. “
Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who opposed the county’s recent decision to temporarily end in-person meals, said restaurants have made “incredible sacrifices” to align with public safety protocols.
“These restaurants, the vast majority of which employ fewer than 25 people, truly represent the small business community that powers the county’s economic engine,” said Barger.
“Recent orders from health officials to shut down in-person meals were a devastating blow, and as a result, the board identified the need to immediately deploy grant funds to support these affected small businesses.”
The application period will begin Thursday morning and will remain open until Sunday at 11:59 pm, or until 2,500 applications are received, whichever comes first.
For more information, call 626-943-3833 or click here.