The City of Gardena is providing Business Assistance to address the adverse repercussion of the novel coronavirus to the economy, to jobs, and therefore to businesses. This program will assist qualified Gardena businesses undergoing financial hardship due to COVID-19.

1. Must be a business with 20 or fewer employees on the current payroll.
2. Awardees will receive assistance for their monthly commercial rent/lease payment not to exceed$2,000 per month for up to three (3) months OR $3,375 per month for up to six (6) months.
3. The amount of assistance will depend on the willingness of the landlord of the property to reduce rent by 25% each month for the period of the City’s assistance.
4. All applications will be reviewed to establish qualification for the program.
5. The City anticipates receiving a substantial response to this program, funding awards will be provided through a random selection process or lottery.
6. All awardees will be contacted and provided with further information regarding the award.
7. Qualified applications not randomly selected for award will be retained by the City and revisited should additional funding become available for this program


All businesses assisted under the SBAP must meet ALL of the following requirements:

1. Business must have 20 or fewer employees;
2. Be located in the City of Gardena’s jurisdictional limits and have a physical location (bricks/mortar building);
3. Have been operational for at least one (1) year;
4. Have a valid City of Gardena business license as of April 1, 2020;
5. Have no outstanding code violations with federal, state or local governments;
6. Have no liens against the business;
7. Meet HUD’s criteria of a low-income benefit;
8. Have a verifiable loss of revenue/income due to COVID-19 that justifies the need for assistance;
9. Have not received other Business Assistance from other sources, including federal, state or county governments, the Small Business Administration (SBA), the Chamber of Commerce, for the payment of commercial rent that duplicates the City’s assistance, etc.; AND
10. Submit a completed, signed SBAP application before the deadline of July 17, 2020 at 5 p.m.(application may be signed electronically)

*Funding provided by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development

If you have questions, please contact one of our representatives below:

Mary Simonell
Administrative Analyst III | City of Gardena
1700 West 162nd Street | Gardena CA | 90247

Spencer Dela Cruz
Economic Development Manager | City of Gardena
1700 West 162nd Street | Gardena CA | 90247
Phone 310.217.9533|

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