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COVID-19 SMALL BUSINESS

RELIEF PROGRAM

HUNTINGTON BEACH

COVID-19 SMALL BUSINESS

RELIEF PROGRAM

Last Updated: October 21, 2020

The City is no longer accepting applications. The application period closed on June 26.

824 small businesses were selected to receive grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 through the Huntington Beach COVID-19 Small Business Relief Program.  The grant program is funded with $4.75 million in federal CARES Act funding received from the County.  All grant funds are being provided to Huntington Beach small businesses to reimburse them for personnel or operational costs incurred during the Stay-at-Home order. 

With guidance from the Orange County Small Business Development Center (OC SBDC), the City began accepting grant applications on June 22. More than 1,500 small businesses applied before the June 26 deadline, and the City selected 824 grant recipients by lottery.  OC SBDC representatives are now working with each grant recipient to gather the documentation necessary to receive their grants.  A rolling list of recipients is available below and will be updated with additional recipients every week.

Please do not drop off documentation at City Hall.  Instead, please mail them to the OC SBDC at the following address and mark the envelope with the return address of your business:

OCIE SBDC
HB Small Business Grant Program
1 Banting
Irvine, CA 92618

Lastly, if you are a grantee who has questions related to your business license, please email the City at businesslicense@surfcity-hb.org or (714) 375-5186.   If you have further questions related to the program, please contact our Office of Business Development at biz-grants@surfcity-hb.org.

We are no longer accepting applications. The application period ended on June 26.

824 small businesses will receive grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 through the Huntington Beach COVID-19 Small Business Relief Program.  The grant program is funded with $4.75 million in federal CARES Act funding received from the County.  All grant funds are being provided to Huntington Beach small businesses to reimburse them for personnel or operational costs incurred during the statewide Stay-at-Home order. 

With guidance from the Orange County Small Business Development Center (OC SBDC), the City began accepting grant applications on June 22. More than 1,500 small businesses applied before the June 26 deadline, and the City selected 824 grant recipients by lottery.  OC SBDC representatives are now working with each grant recipient to help gather the documentation necessary to receive their grants. A rolling list of grant recipients is available below and will be updated with additional recipients every week.

Please do not drop off documentation at City Hall.  Instead, please mail your documents to the OC SBDC at the following address and mark the envelope with the return address of your business:

OCIE SBDC
HB Small Business Grant Program
1 Banting
Irvine, CA 92618

Lastly, if you are a grantee who has questions related to your business license, please email the City at businesslicense@surfcity-hb.org or (714) 375-5186.   If you have further questions related to the program, please contact our Office of Business Development at biz-grants@surfcity-hb.org

Grant Recipients

as of 10/21/20

Listed below are those businesses that have received COVID-19 Small Business Relief Program grants.  This list will be updated each week with additional grantees, as they finalize their grant agreements with the City.

Listed below are those businesses that have received COVID-19 Small Business Relief Program grants.  This list will be updated each Friday with additional grantees, as they finalize their grant agreements with the City.

Grant Uses and Amounts

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.

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.

1 - 10

Up to $5,000

11 - 20

Up to $7,500

21 - 30

Grant Amount

1 - 10 Employees

Up to $5,000

11-20 Employees

Up to $7,500

21 - 30 Employees

Up to $10,000

Eligibility Requirements

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

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

Priority will be given to businesses that have been operating for at least 3 years, have not received any other form of pandemic relief, represent an industry that has been severely impacted by COVID-19 (i.e. retail, restaurants, manufacturing, and personal services), or those that have not been allowed to reopen by the State.

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

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

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Questions

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.

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.

FAQ

You can submit an application directly online at https://ociesmallbusiness.org/huntingtonbeach  If you are unable to apply online, you may download a paper application online here or you may pick up a hard copy at City Hall (2000 Main Street).

To sign the online application, simply type your name into the signature field provided. You do not need to provide an electronic signature or signature on a printed copy.

No, applications are not first-come, first-served. To be considered, applicants must submit their application no later than the 4:59 p.m. deadline on Friday, June 26.

If you are having trouble submitting your application, please try again on a different internet browser – Chrome or Firefox are preferred. People using older versions of Internet Explorer may run into errors submitting their application.

A business is eligible if they have 30 full-time or equivalent employees or less. For this grant, we are using the method of 2 part-time employees for every 1 full-time employee, so if a restaurant has only part-time employees, they could have a maximum of 60 part-time employees to qualify.

The O.C. SBDC has been organizing the lottery process for our program, as well as for other cities they have partnered with to help administer this grant program. While every lottery process is a little bit different, for us in HB, they are using a computer program to weight those businesses the City Council is prioritizing a little bit more than non-priority businesses, or businesses who have already received other sources of relief funding, like PPP or EIDL. All eligible businesses will still be entered into the lottery and have a chance at being selected.

While we certainly recognize that home-based businesses have suffered losses from the COVID-19 pandemic, in light of the limited funding that we have available, the grant program was designed to help those who have been the most severely impacted.  With $4.75 million available, the City will only have the ability to provide grants to approximately 700-800 businesses.  Of note, there are over 8,000 eligible businesses in Huntington Beach that rent or own commercial or industrial spaces. 

Given the COVID-19 situation, those businesses with physical commercial / industrial locations were more likely to be forced to shut their doors, while still needing to pay all overhead expenses for their business (including rent, mortgage, and utility costs, in addition to their own living expenses).  Home-based businesses, while also impacted by COVID-19, did not have as much overhead cost exposure, and were not necessarily forced to shut down their business.  Those factors are primary reasons why the City’s program was designed to focus on providing support for those businesses with physical commercial and / or industrial locations.

In addition, based on discussions with industry representatives, nearly all Orange County agencies are not providing CARES Act grant dollars to home-based businesses. However, other forms of business aid have not had this restriction on home-based businesses, including the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan, which are still accepting applications.

The personal services industry has been particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. This grant program is designed to help those who have been the most severely impacted with the limited funding available. Hair stylists that have a sub-lease within a hair salon have rental expenses within a commercial setting, and are thus eligible for this grant program.

There have been multiple sources of funding aimed at helping businesses recover from COVID-19, each with its own eligibility requirements. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) did not exclude home-based businesses, and are still accepting applications. The last day for approved applications to be submitted to the Small Business Association under the PPP is June 30, 2020.

Congress is still considering passing an additional round of funding to help businesses. For example, Senator Roger Wicker (R-MI) and Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) recently announced a bill that aims to create a dedicated relief fund for restaurants. While these details are still in flux, it is expected that a decision will be made by mid-late July on the next round of funding.

If additional funding becomes available, we will provide that information on our main www.HBready.com business support page. Additionally, the O.C. SBDC provides one-on-one business consultation and business support free of charge. They can be reached at 1-800-616-7232, or by emailing Mike Daniel, the Regional Director, at midaniel@fullerton.edu, or by booking an appointment online: https://ociesmallbusiness.org/

You can submit an application directly online at https://ociesmallbusiness.org/huntingtonbeach  If you are unable to apply online, you may download a paper application online here or you may pick up a hard copy at City Hall (2000 Main Street).

To sign the online application, simply type your name into the signature field provided. You do not need to provide an electronic signature or signature on a printed copy.

No, applications are not first-come, first-served. To be considered, applicants must submit their application no later than the 4:59 p.m. deadline on Friday, June 26.

If you are having trouble submitting your application, please try again on a different internet browser – Chrome or Firefox are preferred. People using older versions of Internet Explorer may run into errors submitting their application.

A business is eligible if they have 30 full-time or equivalent employees or less. For this grant, we are using the method of 2 part-time employees for every 1 full-time employee, so if a restaurant has only part-time employees, they could have a maximum of 60 part-time employees to qualify.

The O.C. SBDC has been organizing the lottery process for our program, as well as for other cities they have partnered with to help administer this grant program. While every lottery process is a little bit different, for us in HB, they are using a computer program to weight those businesses the City Council is prioritizing a little bit more than non-priority businesses, or businesses who have already received other sources of relief funding, like PPP or EIDL. All eligible businesses will still be entered into the lottery and have a chance at being selected.

While we certainly recognize that home-based businesses have suffered losses from the COVID-19 pandemic, in light of the limited funding that we have available, the grant program was designed to help those who have been the most severely impacted.  With $4.75 million available, the City will only have the ability to provide grants to approximately 700-800 businesses.  Of note, there are over 8,000 eligible businesses in Huntington Beach that rent or own commercial or industrial spaces. 

Given the COVID-19 situation, those businesses with physical commercial / industrial locations were more likely to be forced to shut their doors, while still needing to pay all overhead expenses for their business (including rent, mortgage, and utility costs, in addition to their own living expenses).  Home-based businesses, while also impacted by COVID-19, did not have as much overhead cost exposure, and were not necessarily forced to shut down their business.  Those factors are primary reasons why the City’s program was designed to focus on providing support for those businesses with physical commercial and / or industrial locations.

In addition, based on discussions with industry representatives, nearly all Orange County agencies are not providing CARES Act grant dollars to home-based businesses. However, other forms of business aid have not had this restriction on home-based businesses, including the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan, which are still accepting applications.

The personal services industry has been particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. This grant program is designed to help those who have been the most severely impacted with the limited funding available. Hair stylists that have a sub-lease within a hair salon have rental expenses within a commercial setting, and are thus eligible for this grant program.

There have been multiple sources of funding aimed at helping businesses recover from COVID-19, each with its own eligibility requirements. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) did not exclude home-based businesses, and are still accepting applications. The last day for approved applications to be submitted to the Small Business Association under the PPP is June 30, 2020.

Congress is still considering passing an additional round of funding to help businesses. For example, Senator Roger Wicker (R-MI) and Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) recently announced a bill that aims to create a dedicated relief fund for restaurants. While these details are still in flux, it is expected that a decision will be made by mid-late July on the next round of funding.

If additional funding becomes available, we will provide that information on our main www.HBready.com business support page. Additionally, the O.C. SBDC provides one-on-one business consultation and business support free of charge. They can be reached at 1-800-616-7232, or by emailing Mike Daniel, the Regional Director, at midaniel@fullerton.edu, or by booking an appointment online: https://ociesmallbusiness.org/

You can submit an application directly online at https://ociesmallbusiness.org/huntingtonbeach  If you are unable to apply online, you may download a paper application online here or you may pick up a hard copy at City Hall (2000 Main Street).

To sign the online application, simply type your name into the signature field provided. You do not need to provide an electronic signature or signature on a printed copy.

No, applications are not first-come, first-served. To be considered, applicants must submit their application no later than the 4:59 p.m. deadline on Friday, June 26.

If you are having trouble submitting your application, please try again on a different internet browser – Chrome or Firefox are preferred. People using older versions of Internet Explorer may run into errors submitting their application.

A business is eligible if they have 30 full-time or equivalent employees or less. For this grant, we are using the method of 2 part-time employees for every 1 full-time employee, so if a restaurant has only part-time employees, they could have a maximum of 60 part-time employees to qualify.

The O.C. SBDC has been organizing the lottery process for our program, as well as for other cities they have partnered with to help administer this grant program. While every lottery process is a little bit different, for us in HB, they are using a computer program to weight those businesses the City Council is prioritizing a little bit more than non-priority businesses, or businesses who have already received other sources of relief funding, like PPP or EIDL. All eligible businesses will still be entered into the lottery and have a chance at being selected.

While we certainly recognize that home-based businesses have suffered losses from the COVID-19 pandemic, in light of the limited funding that we have available, the grant program was designed to help those who have been the most severely impacted.  With $4.75 million available, the City will only have the ability to provide grants to approximately 700-800 businesses.  Of note, there are over 8,000 eligible businesses in Huntington Beach that rent or own commercial or industrial spaces. 

Given the COVID-19 situation, those businesses with physical commercial / industrial locations were more likely to be forced to shut their doors, while still needing to pay all overhead expenses for their business (including rent, mortgage, and utility costs, in addition to their own living expenses).  Home-based businesses, while also impacted by COVID-19, did not have as much overhead cost exposure, and were not necessarily forced to shut down their business.  Those factors are primary reasons why the City’s program was designed to focus on providing support for those businesses with physical commercial and / or industrial locations.

In addition, based on discussions with industry representatives, nearly all Orange County agencies are not providing CARES Act grant dollars to home-based businesses. However, other forms of business aid have not had this restriction on home-based businesses, including the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan, which are still accepting applications.

The personal services industry has been particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. This grant program is designed to help those who have been the most severely impacted with the limited funding available. Hair stylists that have a sub-lease within a hair salon have rental expenses within a commercial setting, and are thus eligible for this grant program.

There have been multiple sources of funding aimed at helping businesses recover from COVID-19, each with its own eligibility requirements. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) did not exclude home-based businesses, and are still accepting applications. The last day for approved applications to be submitted to the Small Business Association under the PPP is June 30, 2020.

Congress is still considering passing an additional round of funding to help businesses. For example, Senator Roger Wicker (R-MI) and Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) recently announced a bill that aims to create a dedicated relief fund for restaurants. While these details are still in flux, it is expected that a decision will be made by mid-late July on the next round of funding.

If additional funding becomes available, we will provide that information on our main www.HBready.com business support page. Additionally, the O.C. SBDC provides one-on-one business consultation and business support free of charge. They can be reached at 1-800-616-7232, or by emailing Mike Daniel, the Regional Director, at midaniel@fullerton.edu, or by booking an appointment online: https://ociesmallbusiness.org/

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

For business resources and support from the City of Huntington Beach, visit www.hbbiz.com or contact Economic Development Project Manager, Robert Ramirez, at (714) 375-5186.

Connect with other HB businesses represented by the Chamber at (714) 536-8888 or www.hbchamber.org.

For free virtual consultations to prepare for and recover from COVID-19, call (800) 616-SBDC or visit https://ociesmallbusiness.org/calendar/.

For business resources and support from the City of Huntington Beach, visit www.hbbiz.com or contact Economic Development Project Manager, Robert Ramirez, at (714) 375-5186.

Connect with other HB businesses represented by the Chamber at (714) 536-8888 or www.hbchamber.org.

For free virtual consultations to prepare for and recover from COVID-19, call (800) 616-SBDC or visit https://ociesmallbusiness.org/calendar/.

For business resources and support from the City of Huntington Beach, visit www.hbbiz.com or contact Economic Development Project Manager, Robert Ramirez, at (714) 375-5186.

Connect with other HB businesses represented by the Chamber at (714) 536-8888 or www.hbchamber.org.

For free virtual consultations to prepare for and recover from COVID-19, call (800) 616-SBDC or visit https://ociesmallbusiness.org/calendar/.

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