The City of Carson is pleased to announce two new programs available for Carson business owners and/or property owners: (1) Small Business Grant Program, and (2) Commercial Façade Improvement Program. A maximum of $1 Million is allocated for each program.

The city is now accepting applications from eligible applicants. Prospective applicants can prepare now by visiting the program webpage to review requirements and gather required documents.

The one-time grants are for businesses in Carson who have been negatively impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic but have not yet received any type of COVID-19 related assistance from the city.

This Small Business Grant Program provides grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to assist Carson small businesses. Funding is made possible from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA).  To qualify for this grant, businesses must meet several criteria:

• Be physically located and have operated in 

 Carson prior to March 15, 2020

• Have 50 employees or less

• Be able to demonstrate a decline in revenue 

 due to COVID-19

• Cannot be a recipient from past City of 

 Carson COVID-19 assistance programs 

Funds must be used for business-related items and other requirements may apply once awarded, grants do not have to be repaid.

The Commercial Façade Improvement Program provides Carson businesses and commercial property owners with matching grants to improve their storefronts and enhance the City’s major commercial corridors. 

Under the Commercial Façade Improvement Program, commercial tenants and/or commercial property owners may qualify for a reimbursement grant of $2,500 to $25,000 for storefront aesthetic improvements. A dollar-for-dollar matching is required for amounts above $2,500.

For owners of multi-tenant centers, the maximum grant is $250,000 based on a total expenditure of no less than $500,000 on eligible exterior improvements subject to additional requirements. Examples of eligible funded improvements include:

 • Window and door replacements, including 

 awnings and sunshades

• Decorative outdoor fixtures including lighting

• Courtyard decorative pavers, masonry walls 

 and footings

• ADA improvements, access ramps and signage

• Asphalt paving and restriping

• Exterior treatments, repairs, or replacement 

 (paint, stucco, brick, or stone)

• Decorative fencing and walls

• Outdoor landscaping or replacement to 

 drought-tolerant

• Design and permit fees associated with above 

 eligible improvements

The focus of this program are commercial buildings and centers in the following areas: Carson Street, Avalon Boulevard, Main Street, Sepulveda Boulevard, and Figueroa Street. Commercial properties on other major streets will be considered if they are near the intersections of the major thoroughfares.

More information on the Small Business Grant and Commercial Façade Improvement Programs can be found on the City’s webpage at: 

 https://ci.carson.ca.us/CommunityDevelopment/SBGProgram.aspx or https://ci.carson.ca.us/CommunityDevelopment/CommercialFacade.aspx

Readers can also contact the city’s office by e-mail at smallbusiness@carsonca.gov; or call (310) 952-1778.

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