LA offering $800 to out of work restaurant workers, LA Co. reopens grant applications for restaurants impacted by COVID-19 health restrictions

Eateries in cities of Los Angeles and Pasadena are excluded

Restaurants that have lost business due to coronavirus health regulations in Los Angeles County, which recently cut off in-person dining due to surging COVID cases, can apply this week to receive up to $30,000 in aid.

Additionally, the city plans to make $800 one-time payments to restaurant workers out of work due to the pandemic.

Working in partnership with the Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles, the city is offering the $800 stipends to 4,000 workers, under the Secure Emergency Relief for Vulnerable Employees (SERVE) program.

Applications for SERVE start Monday, December 7, and and will remain open until midnight on Friday, December 11.


Meanwhile, the Keep LA County Dining Grant Program has a new application program starting Monday, December 7 and closing at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday December 8, or until 2,500 applications are received.

The Program is only available to small businesses located in Los Angeles County, not including the Cities of Los Angeles and Pasadena, that can show their business was impacted by COVID-19.

Preference will be given to restaurants that provided outdoor dining as of Nov. 24, according to the county. The program will be operated by the Los Angeles County Development Authority.

A total of roughly $5.6 million is available, split among the county's five supervisorial districts.

LACDA officials said restaurant owners who apply must demonstrate that their business was impacted by COVID-19 through hardship due to closure and a reduction in revenue.

Businesses that have already received assistance from other Los Angeles County Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act programs are not eligible.

"This pandemic and the recent closure of outdoor dining has been devastating to our restaurants and restaurant workers," County Supervisor Janice Hahn said in a statement. "These grants are meant to help as many restaurants as possible make ends meet and make it through this crisis. We know it won't be enough. We need another federal stimulus package to get a lifeline to all of our businesses and workers that are struggling."

Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who opposed the county's recent decision to temporarily end in-person dining, said restaurants have made "incredible sacrifices" to align with public safety protocols.

"These restaurants -- the vast majority of which employ fewer than 25 people -- truly represent the small business community that drives the county's economic engine," Barger said. "The recent health officer orders to close in-person dining was a devastating blow and as a result, the board identified the need to immediately deploy grant funding to support these impacted small businesses."

Additional program information is available at or by calling 626-943-3833.