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COVID-19 SMALL BUSINESS

RELIEF PROGRAM

HUNTINGTON BEACH

COVID-19 SMALL BUSINESS

RELIEF PROGRAM

Last Updated: June 26, 2020

The City is no longer accepting applications. The application period closed on June 26 at 5 P.M. The City is currently reviewing all applications received.

On June 15, City Council approved the COVID-19 Small Business Relief Program to deliver one-time grants of up to $10,000 to Huntington Beach businesses with 30 or fewer employees.  The Program will provide immediate relief to qualified local businesses that have experienced hardship due to COVID-19.  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. 

The City will only accept applications starting June 22 at 8:00 a.m. through June 26 at 5:00 p.m.

On June 15, City Council approved the COVID-19 Small Business Relief Program to deliver one-time grants of up to $10,000 to Huntington Beach businesses with 30 or fewer employees.  The Program will provide immediate relief to qualified local businesses that have experienced hardship due to COVID-19.  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. 

Webinar Information

Please watch the latest webinar from June 23rd on our YouTube Channel.

Please watch the latest webinar from June 23rd on our YouTube Channel.

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:

  • 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 year, over the past 3 years

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 year, over the past 3 years

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:

  • 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

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

Apply

Starting June 22 at 8:00 a.m., grant applications will be available on this website 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 small businesses to receive grants.  We anticipate awarding the grants in early July. 

Please click the “Apply Here!” link below to be taken to an online application portal. Scroll down and enter your information directly on the webpage and hit “Submit” for your electronic submission. Simply type in your name for the signature portion; hard copy signatures are not required for this program.

Starting June 22 at 8:00 a.m., grant applications will be available on this website 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 small businesses to receive grants.  We anticipate awarding the grants in early July. 

Please click the “Apply Here!” link below to be taken to an online application portal. Scroll down and enter your information directly on the webpage and hit “Submit” for your electronic submission. Simply type in your name for the signature portion; hard copy signatures are not required for this program.

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@surficty-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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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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