Councilman Mitch O’Farrell and the Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department Thursday announced the start of the Council District 13 Small Business Grant Program to help businesses pay bills while the COVID-19 Safer at Home orders are in effect.

Applications for the grants will be accepted starting 8 a.m. Aug. 13 and ending 11:59 p.m. Aug. 17, and the application form can be found at CD13.com.

“Our small businesses continue to experience serious hardships and devastation because of the pandemic,” O’Farrell said. “This financial assistance helps retain workers while enabling some small and independent business owners to survive.”

O’Farrell allocated $1 million of discretionary funding to start the grant program to assist small businesses in District 13 during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. This specific funding has historically been used for other purposes, such as public infrastructure projects.

The EWDD is the program manager and requires businesses that apply must:

— Have an established business in Council District 13;

— Have an “active” status with California Secretary of State;

— Provide documents in the application (current business tax registration certificates, W-9 forms or others);

— Have at least three but not more than 26 employees; and

— Have been economically affected by COVID-19.

Acelera Financial is providing technical assistance to answer questions about the application process, O’Farrell said. Businesses seeking more information can contact Acelera at TA@acelerafinancial.com or 213-410-5099.

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