Small Business Disaster Relief

Temporary Outdoor Dining

The City will temporarily allow the use of public and private outdoor areas by eating establishments for dining, provided those establishments obtain written authorization from the Director of Community Development and comply with all health orders. Please visit the Community Development page for more information and to apply.

Small Business Stimulus Grant

The Small Business Stimulus Grant Program is funded by the County Board of Supervisors allocated federal CARES Act funding. The goal of the Small Business Stimulus Grant Program is to provide a lifeline grant to many local small businesses to get them open, keep them open, and help prevent more from going out of business. The County of San Diego’s Small Business Stimulus Grant Funding is to provide economic assistance to help businesses and nonprofit entities impacted by COVID-19. Financial assistance will be allocated to eligible, qualified small businesses and nonprofit entities with final award recommendations made by individual district offices based on the availability of funds, program guidelines, and the submission of all required information and supporting documentation.

The following links are provided to assist with the grant application, once you’ve been determined eligible. Please read through before starting the eligibility determination.

Please visit the County page for more information and to determine eligibility:

Disaster Relief Information

This form is for businesses to document damages sustained during the recent civil unrest event(s).  This form will be utilized by Local, State and Federal governments in order to request a Physical Disaster Declaration from the United States Small Business Administration (SBA).  If a Physical Disaster Declaration is granted by the SBA, impacted businesses will be able to apply for a low-interest loan from the SBA.  By filling out the form, businesses are not obligated to participate in the program should a declaration be issued. 

Completing the form does not guarantee disaster assistance from the SBA.  A minimum of one photograph of the damages is a requirement, as in-person damage assessments will not be carried out due to COVID-19 social-distancing restrictions.

If your business or private non-profit suffered a negative financial impact due to the recent civil unrest, the SBA has an additional program that you may qualify for, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL). 

The EIDL can provide up to $2 million of financial assistance (actual loan amounts are based on amount of economic injury) to small businesses or private, non-profit organizations that suffer substantial economic injury as a result of the declared disaster, regardless of whether or not the applicant sustained physical damage to their place of business.

An EIDL can help you meet necessary financial obligations that your business or private, non-profit organization could have met had the disaster not occurred. It provides relief from economic injury caused directly by the disaster and permits you to maintain a reasonable working capital position during the period affected by the disaster. EIDLs do not replace lost sales or revenue.

Please complete the Economic Injury worksheet and return it to at your earliest convenience.  This one page form will provide the required information the County will need to request the Economic Injury Declaration.  Completing the form is not a guarantee of disaster assistance. The due date for these applications is August 31, 2020. But the sooner you turn yours in, the better. 

More information about the EIDL can be found at

Please submit completed forms as soon as possible to Any questions regarding this process can also be sent to the email address.

For additional questions, please contact Lyn Dedmon at

GoFundMe - La Mesa Business Disaster Relief Fund

The East County Chamber of Commerce Foundation is establishing a relief effort to help the small businesses that were destroyed in the riots on the night of Saturday, May 30 2020.  For more information, please see the GoFundMe page.

With support from the East County Economic Development Council (EDC), and in cooperation with the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and City of La Mesa officials, business owners will be asked to register on the East County EDC website starting the week of June 15. Please see form to apply for disaster funds. GoFundMe will transfer current funding to the Foundation on June 25. Distribution of a flat stipend amount to be determined to each verified business will begin the week of June 29. 

Three-quarters of the total amount raised will be distributed in Phase 1, with funds held back for later relief applications, expenses, and unanticipated needs. Remaining funds including additional donations received after June 26 will be distributed in Phase 2, with the intention of closing the fund by the end of July. Businesses will be asked to upload photos of the damage, plus verification of their address and ownership via an online form. All qualified recipients will receive the same amount of money from the fund, depending on the total amount raised.

LMPD Tip Line

The La Mesa Police Department and the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office will be aggressively pursuing the arrest and prosecution of any individuals found to have committed crimes during the riot that occurred on the evening of May 30th, 2020, in La Mesa.

We are seeking the public’s help. If anyone has any information, including videos or photos, that they think might lead to identification of any suspects, please forward them to any of the following:

CRIME STOPPERS: (888) 580-TIPS (or