The County is now accepting applications for two new small business grant programs that can help with overdue rent or retrofitting establishments to comply with health and safety guidelines.
The applications for the County's Small Business Rental Assistance program and Small Business Protective Retrofit Grant are available at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/EconomicDevelopment. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 4. All applications must be submitted online.
The Small Business Rental Assistance program will provide up to $10,000 to cover past-due rent. As the governor's moratorium on commercial evictions expired earlier this month, officials expect some businesses could be on the verge of eviction.
The Small Business Protective Retrofit Grant will reimburse businesses up to $5,000 for costs such as purchasing personal protective equipment for employees and installing no-touch doors and walk-up windows.
To qualify for either grant a business must be have a Clark County business license and have 20 or fewer employees. Additional information about grant qualifications is available online. Grant awards could be made in late August. Clark County has partnered with the Nevada Small Business Development Center at UNLV to provide assistance to business owners who may need help with the application process. The center is online at www.unlv.edu/sbdc and can be reached at (702) 895-5019.
These two grant programs follow the County's Small Business Stabilization Grant, which will help local small businesses affected by coronavirus-related closures and restrictions. Applications for the stabilization grant were accepted last month. Altogether, the three grant programs could provide more than $12 million to local small businesses. More information about the grant programs is available through the County's Office of Community and Economic Development website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/EconomicDevelopment. The funding for the grant programs comes from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) CARES Act. Business owners with legal questions not related to these grant applications may contact the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada at (702) 386-1070.