LA Covid19 Regional Relief & Recovery Fu
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Supporting micro-entrepreneurs, small businesses, and non-profits across LA County.

THE CHALLENGE

Los Angeles was disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 with unemployment rising to 6.4 percent compared to the 4.4 percent US average.

 

Small businesses have taken the greatest hit with 50 percent of small and independent businesses surveyed nationally have insufficient cash reserves to weather more than two months under current conditions. Nonprofits face increased demand yet declining revenues to service communities and continue their missions.

 

PPP loans favored larger and medium-sized businesses with established banking relationships.  Technical and cultural barriers inhibited Small Business Owners from PPP funding. ​

THE OPPORTUNITY

To provide quick and effective assistance to advance businesses and nonprofits when they and the entire LA region need it most thru forming a targeted COVID recovery fund by bringing aligned and complementary capabilities together.

The LA COVID Fund is a public-private partnership that pools various types of debt and grant capital to provide flexible, low-interest capital to small businesses, microentrepreneurs, and nonprofits, in the LA County region reeling from the economic impact of COVID-19. These loans, and the technical assistance that accompanies them, will provide organizations with the support they need to reopen and navigate a new economic reality.

 

LISC Strategic Investments and LISC LA will manage the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), which will enable partner CDFIs to reach businesses most in need.

Small Businesses

Micro-Entrepreneurs

and Nonprofits

OUR PARTNERS
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Fund Size: $100 Million​

Products: Low-interest rate loans, grants & technical assistance​

Target Recipients: Small Businesses, Micro-entrepreneurs, Nonprofits​

Location: Equitable dispersion in the City of LA & the LA County Region​

Impact Priorities: Reach organizations unable to access Federal relief programs, specifically immigrant or minority-owned businesses and nonprofits that serve the community ​

FUND HIGHLIGHTS
“It breaks my heart to see all the empty stores,” 
 
said Vivian Bowers, who runs her family’s dry-cleaning business, which has been in South Los Angeles for 63 years.
 
“But entrepreneurs are tough. At this business, we have survived numerous recessions and two riots. Give people a chance and they can come back.”
- LA Times
Image by Alev Takil