The Los Angeles Conservancy recently announced their first round of $5,000 grant recipients. Five legacy businesses in the LA area were awarded the LA Conservancy Legacy Grant. This is a new program offered by the organization to help support local businesses with longtime impacts in their communities.

Inaugural Grant Recipients

Here are the first five grant recipients for this year:

  • Candelas Guitars in Boyle Heights, established 1947
  • El Aguila Bakery in El Serano, established 1973
  • Gardena Cinema in the City of Gardena, established 1976
  • 88 Gifts Shop in Chinatown, established 1987
  • SIKA in Leimert Park, established 1992

Congratulations to these local businesses. We are proud supporters of the LA Conservancy and their historical preservation efforts. They promote a celebration of diverse architecture, culture and community history throughout Los Angeles. They offer a wide variety of conservation projects and educational programs.

Round 2 Grant Application is Open

The really wonderful news is this is just the first round of LA Conservancy Legacy Grants for 2023. Application for Round 2 is already open and will close on March 8. If you are a local business owner who meets their specific criteria, be sure to submit your application before the deadline. You could receive a grant of $5,000, which can be used for a number of eligible business expenses.

Here are the eligibility rules for the grant:

1. Los Angeles Location

Your business must be operating and located within the boundaries of Los Angeles County in order to qualify for the grant.

2. 20-Year Contribution

The Conservancy is looking for local businesses which have operated and contributed to their community’s history and/or identity for at least 20 years.

3. Independently Owned

The business cannot be a franchise or affiliated with a national, corporate chain. Local chain stores and restaurants could be eligible if certain locations meet the criteria.

4. For-Profit Business

Your business must be a for-profit business. At this time, they are not accepting applications from non-profit organizations.

5. 25-Plus Employees

Lastly, the business must employ at least 25 full-time employees. This is part of the criteria that shows you’ve made a positive difference in the community for both customers and employees.

Hopefully, this becomes an ongoing grant program. The Los Angeles Conservancy is always doing great work, and this is another example of the impact they are making each and every year.

Remember, the application period is only open until March 8. Click here to learn more about the grant and to submit your application.