Direct Relief

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed deep vulnerabilities for majority Black-serving nonprofit organizations and for-profit small businesses in Long Beach. These entities face underlying economic issues that make them less profitable and more difficult to scale because they are concentrated within and offer services to communities most immediately affected by the pandemic. Long Beach Black-serving organizations and small businesses suffer disproportionate economic impacts while facing the uncertainty of how to maintain service provision, ensure employee/volunteer safety, cover operational/salary costs and adapt to new ways of delivering their services in compliance with everchanging health orders.

Black-serving community-based service organizations and businesses have trusting relationships with Black community residents, which facilitates their ability to make expedient and reliable connections to this prioritized community. They deliver culturally affirming services and support and help Black residents meet their heightened needs.

The following nonprofit organizations and microbusinesses collectively received over $330,000 in direct relief funding via working capital grants:

  • Adventures to Dreams Enrichment
  • Afrikan Restoration Project
  • California Aquatic Therapy & Wellness Center
  • Care Closet LBC
  • Colorband Shoes
  • Craft and Light Creative Arts Studio
  • DemoChicks
  • Earthlodge Center for Transformation
  • ESP Education & Leadership Institute
  • Ginger Lavender Therapy
  • Love Beyond Limits
  • Play Nice Long Beach
  • Ronnie’s House
  • Slice of Jamaica
  • Speak up Empowerment Foundation
  • The Clarissa Manuel Foundation
  • The Salt Lounge LLC
  • The Swazi Shop

I’m so grateful for Black Health Equity grants. With my grant, I can support my community while keeping my business alive during this pandemic.”

– Ashley Dawkins of the Swazi Shop

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