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L.A. County launches $30k grant program to support local restaurants

As part of an effort to help local restaurants make it through the most recent closure orders, a group of L.A. County organizations headed by the Los Angeles County Development Authority are launching a new grant program on Thursday, December 3.

Keep LA County Dining is offering $30,000 grants to non-corporate owned, full-service restaurants with five or less locations. The funds can be used to to fund working capital, including “employee payroll expenses, capital to continue operations, payment of outstanding business expenses, and adaptive business practices needed to remain open.”

Applications will open at midnight on December 3 and funds will be awarded in the order applications were received.

The grant is open to any small business that is located in L.A. County, but not within the boundaries of the city of Los Angeles or Pasadena, and meets the following criteria:

1. A fixed brick and mortar location with a full-service kitchen. (Pop ups and food trucks are NOT eligible).

2. Less than 25 employees.

3. No more than five business locations. Those with multiple locations, but with five or less, may only submit one application.

5. NOT a corporate-owned franchise.

6. A current inspection grade of “C” or better.

7. Established and operating no later than March 4, 2020

The program has $5.6 million in available funds to be split equally throughout each L.A. County Supervisorial District. Restaurants that were participating in outdoor dining as of November 24, 2020, will be given priority.

Applications will be accepted starting December 3, 2020, 12:00 a.m. through December 6, 2020, 11:59 p.m., or until 2,500 applications are submitted, whichever occurs first.

Get more information

Visit the website for details and for the application link, which will go live after midnight on the evening of December 2.

Download the Keep LA County Dining Frequently Asked Questions here.

For questions and application support, contact Keep LA County dining:

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