City To Offer More Help For Struggling Businesses

Grant Money Made Available Through CARES Act

Mitch Kelly
May 20, 2020 - 5:18 am
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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - The city of Las Vegas is offering two new programs to assist the local business community as it reopens under operating regulations of Phase 1.

The first, a grant program, will provide direct funds to small businesses impacted by the guidance and restrictions from the Governor’s orders for business operations and in accordance with the Southern Nevada Health District’s guidance.

This emergency grant will be funded by the city of Las Vegas through $4 million in funds received by the Coronavirus Relief Fund of the CARES Act. Grants will be a maximum of $4,000 and will need to go to fund expenses associated with personal protective equipment, facility retrofit for health and safety measures or other expenses reasonably needed to prepare the business for reopening or expanded reopening.

To be eligible a business must have an active business license, three to 25 full-time equivalent employees and be committed to upholding all of the recommendations and/or comply with any mandates for reopening from the state of Nevada and the Southern Nevada Health District. Attempts will be made, so that 50 percent of approved applications are located within distressed census tracks and otherwise underserved areas.

In addition, the city will expand the safe sidewalk program announced last week to include commercial centers and commercially zoned property.

Businesses in these areas may use the sidewalk and parking lots to meet social distancing guidelines and will not need a permit. Unlike the program last week that covered the downtown public sidewalks, this newest program will cover parking lots and sidewalks on private commercial center property across the city. The program is a temporary measure that will continue through Phase 1 and Phase 2.

Some additional restrictions apply. For more detailed information on both programs visit www.lasvegasnevada.gov/ReopeningResources, and for the reopening grant application visit www.lasvegasnevada.gov/ReopeningGrant. For additional questions, please contact the city’s call center at 702-229-CARE.