Small Business Rental Assistance


Small Business Rental Assistance 
During recent emergency orders put in place by Nevada Governor, Steve Sisolak, a number of businesses were forced to close or limit operations.  These restrictions and closures made it difficult for businesses to generate the revenue needed to cover existing obligations.  Many businesses were forced to make hard decisions on what bills to pay.  Paying rent was generally at the bottom of most lists and often became the first casualty.  Many tenants and landlords worked together to outline rent deferral plans, but deferments still leave a debt obligation which may be difficult for small businesses to overcome during these challenging times.  Clark County understands that commercial rent payments play two roles within our economy; 1) keeping the paying business open and in its operating space and 2) supporting the landlord's ability to make the space available as a building owner.  Clark County has developed a commercial rental assistance program to help tenants stay in place and help landlords keep tenants.  Commercial tenants, in conjunction with their landlords, operating within Unincorporated Clark County now have access to grant dollars to cover up to $10,000 in back rent. 

Grant Award: up to $10,000 (actual rent arrears) 
Grant Uses: Payment of past due rent direct to commercial landlords 
Grant Stacking:  You may apply for both the Rental Assistance and Protective Retrofit Grants simultaneously

Grantees of either of these grants are ineligible for the Small Business Stabilization Grant

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Tenants' landlords must be willing to participate
    Tenant will need to include the signed "Landlord Rental Assistance Acknowledgement" as part of the application
  • Business location must be within Unincorporated Clark County
    The business address on the business license will be used to confirm jurisdiction
    Businesses within Incorporated Cities are NOT eligible.
    (Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City and Mesquite)
  • Must have an active Clark County business license
    A copy of the business license will be needed. NV State licenses are insufficient by themselves
  • Must NOT have received more than $25,000 in any federal COVID-19 relief loans or grant dollars
    (SBA EIDL, PPP, etc.)
  • Must NOT have received grant funds from the Clark County Small Business Stabilization Grant
  • Must have 20 or less full-time employees as of March 15, 2020 (sole proprietors are eligible)
    W-2's or payroll sheets will need to be provided to confirm employee count
  • Must have a valid commercial lease agreement not due to expire before December 31, 2020
    A copy of a valid commercial lease will need to be provided
    No home-based businesses, No month-to-month leases
  • Business must have been operating on or before September 15, 2019
    The date on your business license will be used to determine operational dates
  • Must have an actual financial hardship
    A copy of financial statements from previous 6 months must be submitted for review
  • Must NOT have any federal, state or county tax liens 

Non-Eligible Businesses:
  • Businesses in receipt of or anticipating receipt of more than $25,000 in federal COVID-19 relief funds
  • Business already in receipt of funds from the Clark County Small Business Stabilization Grant
  • Business within Incorporated Cities
  • Home-based businesses
  • Adult Oriented Businesses
  • Cannabis Related Businesses
  • Massage Parlors
  • Liquor Stores
  • Bail Bonds
  • Check Cashing Facilities
  • Payday Loan, Title Loan and other Short-Term Lenders
  • Convenience Stores
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • State & Federal Certified Labor Unions
What To Tell Your Landlord
Clark County will pay the back rent, up to $10,000, directly to the landlord.  After tenants' applications are processed and approved, Clark County will contact the landlord directly to gather the following documents:

  • W-9
  • ACH Direct Deposit Form
  • Landlord Grant Agreement
    (The landlord grant agreement will include a provision that precludes the landlord from taking eviction action, related to non-payment of rent, for 90-days after grant acceptance.
Once Clark County has received all completed and signed documents from the landlord, the landlord should receive payment within 7-10 days.

What You Will Need to Complete the Application
  • Hardship Statement: Summary of business operations prior to C0VID-19 and what has happened since, including 2020 financials to date. This must show that there has been a financial hardship, through a monthly Profit & Loss (P&L) or a P&L comparison to 2019 at the same time period.
  • 2019 Business Financial Statements: Profit & Loss and Balance Sheet or 2019 Business Tax Return (Schedule C for Sole Prop or Single Member LLC)
  • Date Business was Established
  • Number of Employees on Payroll: W-2 employees only, independent contractors do not count
  • Copy of Fully Executed Commercial Lease Agreement
  • Copy of Active Clark County business license:  NV State business license insufficient on its own
  • Documentation of Past Due Rent from April 2020 through present: This can be a letter from the landlord on letterhead stating how many months and the amount which are in arrears or copies of unpaid rent invoices
  • Landlord Contact Information: Name, Phone Number and Email Address
  • Landlord Rental Assistance Acknowledgement:  Completed, Signed and Notarized 
    View Document Here
  • Copy of Photo I.D. for U.S Citizen or Legal Residence Card for non-U.S. Citizen
  • Certification of Funding Source Document 
    View Document Here
When Will Applications Be Accepted? 
Applications will be available for preview July 14-July 20, 2020.  Applications will be accepted July 21-August 4, 2020 through the online portal.  Applications MUST be submitted through the online portal.  Applications submitted via postal service, hand delivery, courier service, email, fax, text, etc. will not be processed.

How Will Grants Be Awarded? 
Businesses must meet all eligibility requirements and must turn in a completed grant application including all supporting documents to be fully considered.  If we receive more completed grants applications than we have funds to cover, the applications will be chosen by random lottery.   

You will receive a letter of determination via email.  Please allow 2-3 weeks after the application submittal deadline for applications to be reviewed and to receive a letter of determination.

Does Your Business Need Legal Advice?
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Has your small business been adversely impacted by COVID-19?  Have you sustained a loss of business profit of 25% or more since March 12, 2020?  Do you need help negotiating with your landlord?

If so, you may be eligible for a free telephone consultation with an attorney who will answer questions about:
  • Understanding Emergency Directives
  • Employment issues
  • Independent contractor issues
  • Commercial evictions, landlord/tenant relations
  • COVID-19 liability
  • FMLA
To learn more, including eligibility criteria and how to apply for a free attorney consultation, please visit:

Need Technical Support with this Application?
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The Nevada SBDC at UNLV is honored to be collaborating with the Clark County on their cutting-edge Small Business Support program.
Through this collaboration, the Nevada SBDC at UNLV is providing counseling to small business, and, specifically, assisting small businesses with their applications to the Small Business Rental Assistance Grant to ensure the most robust submission is presented.

The Nevada SBDC at UNLV is a resource for small business assistance, providing a unique array of services, expertise, and training in all small business areas including starting, growing, and developing a business.  The Nevada SBDC at UNLV also offers information and guidance in understanding and complying with environmental regulations.  Further, the Nevada SBDC at UNLV provides useful information and analysis of the economy, environment, and demographic data to help businesses, government, and other organizations promote economic growth in their communities.

Schedule an appointment and learn more about the services provided by the Nevada SBDC at UNLV.
When you are ready to view and start the application click the "VIEW & SUBMIT APPLICATION" button below.  This will take you to the online portal powered by ZoomGrants.  Once on the ZoomGrants web site, you will be required to create a username and password, if you do not already have one.  Having a user account will allow you to open and close the application at any time without losing data.  Having a user account will also allow you to apply for other Clark County grants (Protective Retrofit) without re-entering basic information.  All user data is proprietary to Clark County and will never be sold to or used by a third party.