Small Business Grant Program

Program Update

The application period for the Small Business Grant Program has closed. The City received applications from 19 Westlake Village businesses representing a wide variety of business types. Unfortunately, funding is only available for 9 grants. As such, a lottery was conducted to randomly select 9 businesses to move forward in the application process. If any of those 9 business do not qualify or otherwise do not move forward in the application process, additional businesses will be selected by lottery to move forward.

Program Information

The City of Westlake Village Small Business Grant Program offers grants up to $10,000 to local businesses that have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is administered in partnership with the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA) and funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

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Eligible Businesses

The following types of businesses are eligible to apply:

  • Restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, cafes, and gastropubs
  • Salons, barber shops, day spas, and similar grooming businesses
  • Gyms and fitness studios
  • Retail stores

Businesses must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must be located in the City of Westlake Village and have been continuously operating in Westlake Village for at least two years
  • Must have at least one employee of low- or moderate-income
  • Must have less than 500 employees
  • Must have an active Los Angeles County business license, if applicable
  • Must not have any outstanding code violations or enforcement actions

Certain types of businesses are not eligible to participate in the grant program. These include but are not limited to:

  • Corporate-owned national chain businesses (local franchises are eligible)
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Private clubs and businesses that limit membership

Please review the full list of ineligible business

Use of Grant Funds

Grant funds can be used for operational business expenses including:

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

How to Participate

The application period closed on March 4, 2022. A lottery was conducted and selected businesses are required to complete a full application. LACDA will work with the selected businesses on behalf of the City of Westlake Village to complete the application, execute an agreement, and provide grant funds directly to the business owners.

Important Dates Program Activities
February 28 - March 4, 2022 Open intake period for eligible businesses
March 9, 2022 Lottery conducted to select the number of eligible businesses that the program can fund
March 10 - 18, 2022 Selected businesses will be contacted and sent a full grant application to complete
April 8, 2022 Deadline for selected businesses to submit complete grant applications
April 2022 Grant agreements are executed with qualifying businesses and checks are issued