COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Grant

The City of South El Monte is awarding  $10,000 small business assistance grants to small businesses who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

These grants will be issued on a “first come, first served” basis and only to eligible recipients.



Beginning March 1, 2021 to March 5, 2021

COVID Small Business Grant - Intake Form, Please submit your intake form here!

 View Eligibility Requirements, eligible applicants may call the South El Monte COVID-19 Assistance hotline at  (626) 652-6800 to sign up. 

Ineligible businesses list here



***CLOSED***March 1 - March 5, 2021


                                       Small Business Grant Program 

The City of South El Monte Small Business Grant (SBG) Program is offered to local business that have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The City is providing grants of $10,000 to businesses that:

  • Provide goods or services to local residents in your community

 Eligible Businesses 

Small Businesses located in South El Monte and meet the criteria below:

  • Small Businesses with less than 500 employees that have been impacted by COVID-19
  • Restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, cafés, gastropubs, salons, barbers and other grooming businesses, gyms, day spas, and fitness studios 
  • Retail and commercial stores such as local markets, consumer goods, electronics, appliances, health and sporting goods, furniture, clothing and shoes, books, and music stores
  • Active business license in the City or County, as applicable
  • No unresolved City, municipal, or health code violations
  • Business in continuous operation in our City for at least two year

Ineligible Businesses 

For a list of ineligible businesses click HERE     

 Use of Grant Funds:

Grant funds can be used for operational business expenses such as: 

  • Employee payroll  
  • Working capital to continue operations
  • Payment of outstanding business expenses
  • Adaptive practices needed to remain open (i.e. equipment and supplies for physical distancing)

 How to Participate

Eligible businesses submit an intake form during the 5-day open application period.  After the intake period closes, a lottery will be conducted and selected businesses will be requested to complete an application.  The Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA) will work with the selected businesses on behalf of the City of South El Monte to complete an application, execute an agreement, and provide the grant funds directly to the business owners.  



March 1 – March 5, 2021

Open Intake Period for Eligible Businesses

March 10, 2021

Lottery conducted to select the number of eligible businesses that the SBG Program can fund.  

March 11- March 17, 2021

Selected businesses will be contacted and sent a full grant application to complete and qualify to receive a grant.  

April 9, 2021

Deadline for selected businesses to submit complete grant applications 

March – April 2021

Approved grant agreements are executed and checks issued to businesses


Submit your intake form here! City of South El Monte - SBG Intake Form

 For additional assistance, call 626-652-6800 or