Disaster Related Cash Grants

Disaster Related Cash Grants


Applications for the City of Los Angeles program "BIG: LEAP" (Basic Income Guaranteed: L.A. Economic Assistance Pilot) will be opening starting Friday October 29th, 2021 at 8:00am and close Sunday November 7th, 2021 at 11:59 pm.

This program will select approximately 3,000 participants at random to receive the $1000 per month for 12 months


Applicants must meet ALL five of these criteria:

- Reside in the City of Los Angeles
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Have income that falls 100% below the federal poverty income threshold
- Have at least one dependent child or be pregnant
- Have experienced economic and/or medical hardship related to COVID-19.

All Angelenos are encouraged to apply as long as they meet the eligibility criteria. Undocumented immigrants and the formerly incarcerated can apply for this program if they meet the eligibility criteria listed above.

For the purposes of this study, guaranteed income will be given to ONE recipient per family if selected for program.


ONLINE: Applicants can apply for BIG:LEAP Program by visiting https://BIGLEAP.lacity.org. An initial questionnaire will verify eligibility. If eligible, application will connect to complete the research survey designed by the Center for Guaranteed Income Research at the University of Pennsylvania.

IN PERSON: If you are unable to complete online form, please call 311 to receive a list of community partners providing assistance.


3,000 participants will be selected at random to receive the $1000 per month for 12 months.

If selected to participate in program, selected applicants will be contacted in mid-January and provided further instructions on how to verify eligibility.

An additional 3,500 applicants will be randomly selected to participate in the research component of the program only called a Control Group (no monthly cash deposit). Selected Control Group participants will be eligible to receive a $30 gift card for each survey completed (there will be three opportunities).

The program's website will be updated once all notifications are complete. If you check the website and it says we have finished notifications to participants, but you have not been contacted, then you have not been selected to participate.


If selected for the BIG LEAP program, you will be issued a debit card to which $1,000 will be automatically distributed on a monthly basis for 12 months.

Participants can use the money however they see fit to meet their needs.

Impact on public benefits: All participants selected will receive benefits counseling to avoid disruption of benefits. APPLICATION PROCEDURE See information above. FEES/PAYMENT SOURCE Not applicable.

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