$127,000 In County Grants May Be Split Between Small Malibu Businesses and Child Care Centers

Written by on July 31, 2020

The cash-strapped city of Malibu has found it has 127 thousand dollars in unspent money available from the L A County Community Development Block Grant Program.

And the city manager is proposing spending most of it on grants to small businesses … to keep their employees working.

Another part of the money is recommended to go for child care for low income workers … to be handled by the Boys and Girls Club of Malibu.

With schools open for distance learning only … this fall in Malibu … child care for working families is a major issue.

There are people in Malibu who have to report for work … and who cannot afford babysitters .. or cannot take their kids to caregivers.

The Boys and Girls Club of Malibu plans to remain open this fall …

Already … it is providing daytime child care using COVID-19 protocols.

The city is recommending that 47 thousand dollars be allocated for low income child care at the Boys and Girls Club of Malibu.

And … 80 thousand dollars be earmarked for Malibu small businesses …

The L A County Development Authority is providing grants of up to $10,000 for eligible businesses … to help facilitate the creation and retention of low- to moderate-income jobs.

Eight small businesses in Malibu will be granted money … which is aimed at keeping low income workers workign and earnign paychecks.

One of the businesses to apply already is the Malibu Bioys and Girls Club.

The city manager is recommending that the city funnel 80 thousand dollars in unspent county funds … already earmarked for Malibu … to the grant program.

A coutny agency will handle the applications from Malibu businesses for the grants. .

The recommendations on the 127 thousand dollars in county money goes to the city council.

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