COVID-19 social distancing guidelines have created particular difficulties for Alameda Corridor restaurants.  One option for addressing this is expansion of outdoor areas to allow for additional seating.  This includes expanded seating on sidewalks, adjoining parking lots and even parking spaces.

In May the City of Lakewood Economic Development Division announced a program allowing for temporary site modifications for businesses.  In addition, Lakewood has developed a Friendly Guide for Outdoor Expansion Tactics for use by businesses in planning outdoor expansion.

Expansion of outdoor areas can entail significant expenses for equipment.  To aid restaurants the Alameda Corridor BID is offering competitive grants to allow for outdoor expansion.  Four grants of $850 each will be awarded based on merit.

Program Funding– $3,400

Applications Open– July 20, 2020

Applications Close– July 30, 2020

Grant Amounts– $850 each

Grant Award Criteria:

A copy must be provided with your grant application.

  • A Lakewood business in good standing with a current Lakewood business license.
  • A for profit business such as an S or C corporation, LLC, partnership or sole proprietorship.
  • Business must have been established in Lakewood by January 1, 2020.
  • Provide a brief written description of your plan for outdoor expansion with a legible sketch.
  • For structural improvements- permission from your landlord.

Uses of Funds– Grant funds may be used for any costs directly related to outdoor expansion including:

  • Outdoor tables and chairs
  • Umbrellas
  • Fencing
  • Planters
  • Screens
  • Sneeze guards and shields
  • Outdoor signage
  • Pavement markings or stickers

For outdoor expansion ideas please see the Lakewood Friendly Business Guide for Outdoor Expansion Tactics: https://www.lakewood.org/files/assets/public/economic-development/documents/lakewood-covid_design-guide-v3_no-resources.pdf

Grant Process and Deadlines

  • Applications open on July 20, 2020 and are due by July 30, 2020. Please submit applications to Alameda Connects Program Manager Sarah Hadsall at sarah@alamedaconnects.org
  • Grant awards announced by August 5, 2020.
  • Requires submission of receipts for grant expenditures by the grant recipient within 3 months of receipt of grant funds. Grant recipients will receive instruction on the process for submitting receipts.
  • Outcome- Submission of written report within 3 months explaining how grant funds helped to facilitate business continuation.

This grant application will open on July 20, 2020 at 8:00 AM

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