What You Need To Know


The Program is only available to small businesses located in Los Angeles County, not including the Cities of Los Angeles and Pasadena, that can show their business was impacted by COVID-19.


Businesses that have received assistance from any other CARES Act-funded programs,
are not eligible.


Restaurants that provided outdoor dining as of November 24, 2020, will be given preference and selected based on order of submission.


The following FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS will help provide valuable information regarding the grant program.



Before Applying, Double Check If You Are Eligible


Your business is eligible IF:


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

2. Restaurants with less than a total count of 25 employees at the time of application.

3. You are located within Los Angeles County, but NOT in the Cities of Los Angeles or Pasadena. CLICK HERE TO VERIFY YOUR LOCATION

4. You do not have more than five business locations. Those with multiple locations, but with five or less, may only submit one application.

5. You are NOT a corporate-owned franchise.

6. Your restaurant has a current inspection grade of “C” or better.

7. Your restaurant was established and operating no later than March 4, 2020.

About The Grant


The following FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS will help provide valuable information regarding the grant program.

To be eligible, a business must:

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

2. Restaurants with less than a total count of 25 employees at the time of application.

3. You are located within Los Angeles County, but NOT in the Cities of Los Angeles or Pasadena. CLICK HERE TO VERIFY YOUR LOCATION

4. You do not have more than five business locations. Those with multiple locations, but with five or less, may only submit one application.

5. You are NOT a corporate-owned franchise.

6. Your restaurant has a current inspection grade of “C” or better.

7. Your restaurant was established and operating no later than March 4, 2020.


TARGET INDUSTRY

Restaurants


BUSINESS LOCATION

Only businesses located in Los Angeles County, not including those in the cities of Los Angeles and Pasadena, will be considered. CLICK HERE TO VERIFY YOUR LOCATION

The physical business address as listed on a business license will be used to qualify the location of the business. If a business does not require a business license, the address on record with the Los Angeles County Public Health Department will be used.


PLEASE NOTE

Businesses that have received assistance from any other CARES Act funded programs, are not eligible. Applicant must ensure that if awarded grant funds, they will not be used to cover expenses previously paid with a Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan.


GRANT AMOUNT

$30,000


USES OF FUNDS

Working capital only such as employee payroll expenses, capital to continue operations, payment of outstanding business expenses, and adaptive business practices needed to remain open.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION

1. COVID-19 Grant Agreement - This document will be provided once the applicant is selected and approved.

2. COVID-19 Statement of Impact - This requirement will be completed within the application portal.

3. Signed federal 2018 or 2019 tax returns.

4. Current business license. If current license is not available, expired business license with proof of renewal payment made.

5. Copy of inspection grade card issued by the Public Health Department. For restaurants in the City of Long Beach please provide a copy of the most recent City of Long Beach Inspection Summary Report.

6. Government-issued photo identification for business principals.

7. Organizational documents:

In order to issue grant award payments in a timely manner, it is imperative that applicants submit applications with information that matches what has been filed with the Secretary of State. To file a Statement of Information with the Secretary of State, CLICK HERE. Please plan accordingly and consider filing electronically when possible. Please see Secretary of State website for processing timeframes.

- Sole proprietor: Fictitious name filing, if applicable.

- Corporations: Filed State of California Secretary of State Statement of Information showing all officers. Provide copies of all filed amendments to the SOI. Two officers will be required to sign the Grant Agreement.

- Limited Liability Companies (LLC): Operating agreement and Secretary of State Statement of Information (Limited Liability Company) forms LLC-1, LLC-12, and LLC-2, if applicable.

- Trusts: Provide a copy of signed and notarized Trust Certification.

- Partnerships: Provide a copy of the signed Partnership Agreement.

8. IRS Forms 941 for Quarter 3-2020 or payroll documentation to verify employee size.


IMPACT STATEMENT

Applicant must show that business was impacted by COVID-19 through a hardship statement regarding closure and reduction in revenue. Applicant must show that business was unable to operate due to Public Health Officer Orders.


BUSINESS LICENSE

Business must provide a business license showing business address reflecting business is located within Los Angeles County not including the Cities of Los Angeles and Pasadena.


PROOF OF IDENTITY

All business principals will be required to sign the grant agreement and shall provide a copy of government issued identification. Only those with capacity to bind the business legally and make representations on behalf of the business will be required to sign the grant agreement. A unique email address for each principal will be required.

For sole proprietors: Sole proprietor must submit a copy of government issued identification.

Corporations: Officer(s) must submit a copy of government issued identification.

Limited Liability Companies (LLC): All managing parties (member or managers) of the LLC must submit a copy of government issued identification.

Trusts: The trustee(s) of the trust must submit a copy of government issued identification.

Partnerships: The managing partner(s) of the partnership must submit a copy of government issued identification.


GOOD STANDING

Business must have an “active” status with the Secretary of State. To check for active status: CLICK HERE. Does not apply to sole proprietorships or partnerships.


MONITORING

On the first anniversary of grant agreement, grantee shall report what funds were used for, number of employees currently on payroll and business operational status.

Applicants must retain all receipts and other records supporting expenditure of funds for a period of five years.


APPLICATION PERIOD

The Keep LA County Dining Grant application will be available from Monday, December 7, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. until Tuesday, December 8, 2020, at 5 p.m., or until 2,500 applications are received, whichever comes first.


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

User accounts created within the previous system are no longer valid. A new user account will need to be created and your application will have to be fully completed and submitted to receive consideration.

The LACDA has contacted registrants who submitted a completed application and advised that there is no need to re-register. Applicants who registered but were unable to complete the process have also been contacted via email and provided details on how to proceed. All other applicants will be required to re-register through the program’s new application portal.


SELECTION PROCESS

Funds will be split equally throughout each Supervisorial District. An application list for each District will be based on the order applications were received.

The following preferences will be applied to the applications received:

1. Restaurants that provided outdoor dining as of November 24, 2020, will be given preference based on order submission.

2. Restaurants without outdoor dining will follow those with outdoor dining.


The funds being used to fund these grants are extremely time sensitive. Therefore, specific communication timeframes have been defined to ensure all funds are spent within the allowable timeframe. It is imperative that applicants respond in a timely manner.


COMMUNICATION TIMEFRAMES

It is expected that applicants respond to any communication efforts by the Los Angeles County Development Authority staff within two calendar days of receipt of a call or email. Applicants failure to respond will constitute forfeiture of application.

Applicants will be given a maximum of three calendar days to provide any missing information. Failure to provide needed documentation will constitute forfeiture of application.





Is Your Application Complete?


In order to ensure a successful application process and prompt distribution of funds, please double check that ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION is included in your application submission. Refer to the require documentation section under the Business and Owner requirements tab.





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