Economic Development

Economic development is the dynamic process of attracting private investment to keep the community vibrant. It means making Westminster a place you love to live, or visit, and involves a wide range of activities that span all City departments in one form or another.

The Mayor and City Council approved a small business grant program utilizing Federal CARES Act funding allocated to the City through Supervisor Do's Office. The window for applications is from Monday August 24th (8am) through Sunday, August 30th (midnight). The link to the application will be available here, as well as on the Project W website and City social media.

Small Business Grant Eligibility Requirements

  • Businesses must:
  • Have a principal office located in the City of Westminster
  • Have had an active Westminster business license as of March 1, 2020
  • Have been affected by COVID-19 (the business must have either lost more than 25% of revenue compared to April 2019 or temporarily closed to comply with State of California stay-at-home orders)
  • Have 10 or fewer full-time equivalent employees
  • Have no current City code violations at their business location
  • Certify that the business was and is unable to access capital through alternative federal/State funding sources, such as Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) or the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
  • Note that per Federal rules, businesses in the cannabis, gambling, and adult entertainment industries are not eligible.

Eligible Use of Funds

  • Rent
  • Payroll
  • Utilities
  • Insurance
  • Accounts payable
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Inventory
  • Office supplies
  • Professional services (e.g., accounting, janitorial  services)
  • COVID-19 control measures

Selection of Grant Recipients

Submitting an application does not guarantee grant funding. Potential grant recipients will be selected by lottery, which is expected to take place in early September. Shortly thereafter, the selected businesses will be notified and will be required to provide documentation of compliance with the eligibility requirements. Selected businesses that meet the eligibility requirements will be awarded funds following submittal of required documentation.Questions

The City of Westminster has hired an independent company, RSG Inc., to review applications on behalf of the City. If you have questions about the grant program or completing the application, please contact Alan Alé at RSG by phone at 714-316-2195 or by email at AALE@WEBRSG.COM.

Please visit the Project W website for business resources, or to sign up to be notified when application materials are available. Additional information will be posted to this page when available.

Some other current examples of economic development efforts include:

  • Creation of the Westminster Mall Specific Plan to help reinvigorate the site and attract new development, stores, and patrons;
  • Shepherding the Bolsa Row development through the development process to facilitate a high quality hotel, event space, new housing, and retail;
  • Development of affordable housing that provides safe and reasonably priced housing for families and individuals, who then in turn are able to participate in the local economy;
  • Creation of the City's first Parks Master Plan to attract and retain residents with these critical community assets;
  • Retention and attraction of retailers through direct outreach and indirect networking;
  • Social media and other transparency measures to inform and engage the community; and
  • New landscaping, signage, and utility undergrounding along major corridors to attract private investment and encourage businesses to locate in these areas.

Please contact Alexa Smittle at asmittle@westminster-ca.gov with questions or comments.