The City of Imperial Beach is pleased to announce the distribution of $121,973 through the Imperial Beach Emergency Relief Fund for Small Business Reimbursement Program. During the program, we were able to assist thirty-six local businesses impacted by COVID-19.
In May 2020, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors allocated a portion of the County’s Coronavirus Relief Fund proceeds to local cities in accordance with the CARES Act. The Imperial Beach City Council allocated approximately $150,000 of the CRF funds to create an Emergency Relief Fund for Small Businesses to assist as they evolved to the new normal. “Our businesses are vital to our little beach town, and it’s important that the City Council and the community continue to support them even in these difficult times,” said Mayor Dedina.
The program provided funding through the reimbursement of eligible expenses. Each business that applied was required to be physically located within the city limits of Imperial Beach, and all businesses that received funding are classified as a “small business.” Corporate businesses were not included in the program due to relief funding already allocated to assist. Funding through the program could only be used to cover COVID-19 related costs identified in the CARES Act, so our businesses were able to get creative through outdoor spaces and additions to accommodate customers.
IB has shown the true meaning of community during these challenging times as residents have come together as family to help our most vulnerable. We will continue to work hard for our residents and our business community to show that we are IB Strong.