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City Heights grant helps businesses owned by minorities and women

Posted at 4:04 PM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 21:36:21-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A new grant for City Heights businesses in San Diego is aimed at helping small businesses get back on their feet after pandemic impacts.

The City Heights Business Relief Fund has so far grown to $240,000 and that money will go to businesses in the area. Each business can get up to $10,000. To be eligible, the business must be located within City Heights.

The priority is on businesses owned by women and/or minorities that are already established in the community who have not received other relief funds. Home-based businesses or franchises are not eligible.

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The link to apply for grant money can be found here. The deadline to apply is June 24.

LISC San Diego Program Officer Avital Aboody said the idea started a few months ago when local leaders realized the neighborhood businesses were struggling. She said as of Thursday afternoon, they’ve received 60 applications. Of those 60, 52 are minority-owned and half are female-owned, showing the need for this demographic.

She also said half of those applicants have not received any relief yet, which she said can be because of language barriers and extensive applications.

Some of the money has come from donations from Price Philanthropies and U.S. Banks.

Addis Ethiopian Restaurant, located at 3643 El Cajon Blvd., is one of the businesses hoping for help. The owners say they’ve had days during the pandemic where no customers have bought food.