ARCADIA OFFERS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO SMALL BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY COVID-19
Applications for Small Business Grants
Available Beginning Monday, May 11, 2020
May 7, 2020 – The City of Arcadia has created a COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program under the new Arcadia Works! economic recovery plan, utilizing $245,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. These funds, primarily provided under the federally funded CARES Act to assist with COVID-19 relief, will be directly disbursed to small Arcadia businesses. Applications will be accepted beginning Monday, May 11, 2020 through Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at 5:30 p.m.. Grants will be issued based on a lottery of all qualifying applications.
“The public health emergency orders that have been issued to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and the negative economic impact on businesses have created an unprecedented need to direct financial resources to Arcadia’s small business community,” said Jason Kruckeberg, Assistant City Manager/Development Services Director. “The City is doing what it can to help keep business moving under the existing public health orders, and is committed to assisting businesses once they can ultimately reopen as these orders are lifted.”
The COVID-19 Small Business Grants represent an effort to provide direct relief to as many local businesses as possible. A simple application form has been developed along with accompanying criteria. Grants of $5,000 will be awarded until all available funding is utilized. All Arcadia small businesses are encouraged to apply. Program details, qualifying criteria, and the application are available on the City’s website at ArcadiaCA.gov/LocalBusiness.
“There is an old saying that when the going gets tough, the tough get going,” said Mayor Roger Chandler. “This is a difficult time for our country, state, and City. The small business assistance grant will help businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19.”
The COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program is part of a larger economic recovery plan called the Arcadia Works! Program. In addition to the grants, the City is providing other local resources and initiatives, including business license renewal payment extensions, business assistance ombudsman services, partnership with the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce in outreach and marketing for businesses, and potentially a small business loan program. Please visit ArcadiaCA.gov/LocalBusiness for more information, and stay tuned for additional announcements in the coming weeks.
For more information on the grant program, or for any questions or assistance, please contact the Development Services Department by phone at (626) 574-5409 or by email at DSD@ArcadiaCA.gov.
Per the latest information from local, state, and federal public health officials, the risk of contracting the virus remains low. There are steps individuals can take to help minimize and prevent the spread of COVID-19. These include:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Avoid touching face (eyes, nose, and mouth) with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Wear face coverings in public.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Practice social distancing; avoid groups; maintain at least 6 feet from others.
Anyone who was recently in an area that is currently experiencing a high infection rate of COVID19 and feels sick with a fever, cough, or has difficulty breathing within 14 days after leaving should:
Seek medical care right away. Before going to a doctor’s office or emergency room, patients should call ahead and tell them about their recent travel and symptoms.
Self-quarantine and avoid contact with others.
Not travel while sick.
Cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or their sleeve (not their hands) when coughing
Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
For more information regarding the COVID-19, please visit any of the following websites:
Federal Guidance – coronavirus.gov
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – cdc.gov
State of California Guidance – covid19.ca.gov
California Department of Public Health – cdph.gov
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health – publichealth.lacounty.gov
National Domestic Violence Hotline – thehotline.org – (800) 799-7233
National Suicide Prevention Hotline – suicidepreventionlifeline.org – (800) 273-8255
For more information regarding the City of Arcadia’s response to COVID-19 along with future updates regarding City services, text ARCADIACOV19 to 888777 for SMS updates or please visit us at ArcadiaCA.gov/covid19 or contact us at (626) 574-5401.
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Nestled along the rolling foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and Angeles National Forest, Arcadia is a charming, family-oriented community with a population of just over 57,000. Located only 13 miles east from downtown Los Angeles, regional transportation networks like the Metro Gold Line connect Arcadia as a premier residential, shopping, and entertainment destination in the San Gabriel Valley. Arcadia is known for its top-rated schools, iconic landmarks, and serene neighborhoods. Arcadia is an award-winning community having been twice named as the Best City in California in which to Raise Kids and the 2017 Most Business Friendly City in Los Angeles County. With the conveniences and amenities of a full-service, mid-size city, Arcadia’s “Community of Homes” provides a quality of life that will go Above & Beyond your expectations.
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