Temporary Outdoor Expansion Grant Program
The City has created the Temporary Outdoor Expansion Grant Program (Program) which will provide funding to assist eligible businesses such as restaurants and retailers (including gyms) to expand their outdoor areas and activities to mitigate restrictions placed on indoor activities due to COVID-19 related State and County health orders. This Program will provide eligible businesses with a grant, up to $2,000, to pay for purchases or rentals of furniture, shade structures (with only one wall), decor, landscaping, lightng, fencing/barricades, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), outdoor dining ware or other items to support allowable outside activities.
The Program is only available to Tustin businesses that have an approved and active Temporary Use Permit (TUP) that has been issued since June 2, 2020 for new or expanded outdoor activities. The City Council recently approved a program expediting TUP applications and waiving the fee. More information and the TUP application can be found here. Please contact the Community Development Department at 714-573-3140 or TustinPlanning@tustinca.org if you have any questions about the TUP process.
Businesses must fill out a grant application (form available below) and provide the requested documentation (including the approved and active TUP) to be eligible for the Program. Once reviewed and approved, and the business has received the grant funds, a Use of Grant Funds Report detailing all eligible expenses and unused funds must be submitted to the City within 3 weeks, or the business’s Temporary Use Permit (TUP) may be revoked. A sample Use of Grant Funds Report to assist in filling out the required information is attached to the grant application.
The Program will remain open on a continuous first-come, first serve basis until funds are expended. Eligible businesses are limited to receipt of one grant per location at this time.
CLICK HERE to read and download the Temporary Outdoor Expansion Grant Program Guidelines.
CLICK HERE to download and fill out the Temporary Outdoor Expansion Grant Application. The application document also includes a sample Use of Grant Funds Report that is due 3 weeks from funding.
CLICK HERE to download a blank W-9 form that must be included with a completed application.
Once complete, email the application, approved and active TUP and W-9 to: TustinEconDevDept@tustinca.org. Applications will only be accepted electronically. Please ensure you have all documents included with your application to avoid a delay in processing!
If you have any questions, please contact the Economic Development Department at 714-573-3117 or TustinEconDevDept@tustinca.org.
If you have any questions about applying for a TUP, please contact the Community Development Department at 714-573-3140 or TustinPlanning@tustinca.org.