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CITY COUNCIL APPROVES $4.75 MILLION GRANT PROGRAM TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL RELIEF TO SMALL BUSINESSES RECOVERING FROM COVID-19

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City will award one-time grants of up to $10,000 to qualified Huntington Beach small businesses with fewer than 30 employees 

On June 15, City Council approved the COVID-19 Small Business Relief Program to deliver grants of up to $10,000 to Huntington Beach businesses with 30 or fewer employees.  The City will fast track the Program to provide immediate relief to local businesses that have experienced hardship due to COVID-19.  Businesses must apply between June 22 to June 26, and grants will be awarded based on eligibility requirements and availability of funds.  The City has partnered with the Orange County Small Business Development Center (OC SBDC) to administer this Program, which is entirely funded with $4.75 million of one-time federal CARES Act funds distributed to the City by the Orange County Board of Supervisors’ Chairwoman Michelle Steel.  

“We’d like to thank Chairwoman Steel for directly allocating a share of her District’s CARES Act funds to Huntington Beach and for trusting that cities know how best to help our local businesses during COVID-19,” Mayor Lyn Semeta said. “The goal for these funds is to provide a lifeline to Huntington Beach businesses, helping them not only to survive, but also become more resilient in this new economy.”  

A limited number of grants will be awarded to qualified small businesses, based on their number of full time or equivalent employees (including the owner).  Grants may be used towards rent, lease, or mortgage payments, payroll, utilities, accounts payable, personal protective equipment, and other COVID-19 related operational or safety expenses. 

Number of Full Time EmployeesGrant Amount
1-10
11-20
21-30
Up to $5,000
Up to $7,500
UP to $10,000

Eligibility Requirements

Small businesses that meet the following criteria may apply for a grant:

  • Independently owned and operated
    • Located in Huntington Beach in a commercial or industrial space
    • Legal business in good standing with a Huntington Beach business license for 1+ years
    • Business with 30 full-time or equivalent employees or less
    • Business with $15 million annual gross revenue or less per yer, over the past 3 years

Per Federal guidelines, applicants must also meet at least ONE of the following criteria:

  • Deemed non-essential and forced to close during COVID-19
    • Sales down more than 25% over the previous 3 months
    • Must have laid off at least 1 part-time or full-time employee
    • One or more employee contracted COVID-19 while at work

Additional eligibility requirements are posted at www.HBready.com/biz-grants

How to Apply

Starting June 22 at 8:00 a.m., applications will be made available at www.HBready.com/biz-grants or at Huntington Beach City Hall (First Floor).  Applications must be submitted by June 26 at 5:00 p.m. and will be independently verified for eligibility by SBDC.  Should the request for grants be greater than the amount of funding available, SBDC will conduct a lottery to randomly select qualified small businesses to receive grants.  We anticipate awarding the grants in early July.  

The City is also hosting an informational webinar on June 17 at 4:00 p.m. for small businesses who wish to learn more about the COVID-19 Small Business Relief Program and application process.  To attend, please register using the link below:

June 17 at 4:00 p.m.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE ZOOM CLASS

For questions about the City’s COVID-19 Small Business Relief Program and application process, please contact the City of Huntington Beach’s Office of Business Development at biz-grants@surfcity-hb.org or (714) 375-5186.

Link to Press Release PDF Here

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HUNTINGTON BEACH WILL CLOSE CITY BEACHES, HUNTINGTON HARBOUR BEACHES, SUNSET BEACH, AND THE PIER ON JULY 4-5

In anticipation of large crowds this weekend, the City will temporarily close all city beaches, Huntington Harbour beaches, Sunset Beach, and the Pier on Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5 to limit the spread of COVID-19. This decision was made in coordination with Orange County and the Cities of Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, which will implement the same measures along their coasts. Orange County has seen a significant increase in COVID-19 cases this week, and these closures are intended to be proactive measures to help flatten the curve.

Beach and Pier Closures – 4th of July Weekend

The Huntington Beach City Council voted to close all city beaches, Huntington Harbor beaches, Sunset Beach, and the Pier on July 4, in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. Orange County has seen a significant increase in COVID-19 cases this week, and these closures are proactive measures to enforce social distancing. In addition, the City Council authorized the City Manager to work with neighboring beach cities to determine if closures on July 3 and July 5 will be necessary. These decisions will be made shortly and additional updates related to our beach closure protocols, beach parking, and other details will be posted today.

UPDATED 4th of JULY INFORMATION

The 2020 Huntington Beach Main Street 4th of July Parade is CANCELLED due to Statewide COVID-19 restrictions on large events. In its place, we will hold a MODIFIED OneHB Neighborhood Parade with two vehicle caravans traveling on separate routes, with one or both passing within a mile of every single home in Huntington Beach. These expanded routes will prevent crowding and the spread of COVID-19 – since all residents will be able to watch the parade from the comfort of their neighborhoods. Therefore, please avoid congregating in large groups along any one part of the parade route, in order to protect the health and safety of our OneHB community.

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Keeping Our Community Safe & Informed

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(714) 536-5511

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(714) 536-5978

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The City of Huntington Beach is committed to keeping our community and visitors informed of current events in our community. The purpose of this page is to foster transparency and increase the sharing of information. During the COVID-19 outbreak, the City of Huntington Beach will make every effort to to update this page when updates are received from our local, state and federal partners.

Postponed/Canceled Events

The following events in the City of Huntington Beach have been postponed or cancelled. The City is actively working with event promoters to hold these events in the future.

CANCELLED

April 26 – Taste of HB

May 16 – Kowabunga Van Show

May 16 – Great Strides Walk

May 16 – Wiener Dog Festival

May 17 – Golden Bear Experience

May 31-31 – Surfin’ Sundays

June 13 – Pier Swim

August 24-September 13 – US Open

October 1-4 – AVP

July 4th – Traditional 4th of July Parade – Visit hb4thofjuly.org 

July 4th – Fireworks Show

POSTPONED

May 9-10 – Sunset Beach Art Festival

May 30 – Aids Walk OC

Weekly Surf City Nights

Weekly Crafty Fair at the Pier

RESCHEDULED

September 12 – Cruise in Car Show

October 11 – Cars and Copters

If you are a senior and in need of assistance, please call (714) 536-5600

Who Is Considered Higher Risk?

Older Adults (People aged 65 and older)
People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:

  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Lung Disease

Watch for symptons & What Should You Do?

  • Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of Breath
  • If you develop emergency warning signs of COVID-19 get medical attention immediately.
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to arouse
    • Bluish lips or face
  • If you feel like you are developing symptoms.
  • Stay home and call your doctor
  • Call your healthcare provider and let them know about your symptoms.
  • If you are not sick enough to be hospitalized, you can recover at home.  Follow CDC instructions for how to take care of yourself at home.
  • Get medical attention immediately if you have any of the emergency warning signs listed.

What can you do if you have a family member or friend who is at higher risk?

  • Ensure that they have enough supplies on hand and offer to help them get more if needed.
  • Know what medications they are taking and see if you can help them have extra on hand.
  • Communicate regularly with neighbors, friends, and family to support them.
  • Be cognizant of people visiting their home and inform them what to do to stay safe.
    • Stay home
    • Avoid touching high traffic surfaces in public places.
    • Social distancing
  • If you are feeling ill please avoid visiting.

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