LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — The city of Henderson has launched a small business grant program to help those affected by COVID-19 and the ensuing economic fallout.

The recovery program is available for Henderson licensed businesses with 20 or fewer full-time equivalent employees, according to a city press release.

Grants range between $2,500 and $10,000 depending on the number of employees on staff. The funding can be used for rent, utility payments, inventory, payroll and license fees.

"It is vital for the city to help local small businesses, which are the backbone of our economy, through these difficult times and ensure they are able to recover and continue to operate and provide jobs for our residents," Mayor Debra March said in a statement.

Applications must be submitted by Monday, Aug. 24, at 5 p.m. They must include the following:

Must be headquartered and have a physical commercial location in Henderson city limits

Must have an active City of Henderson business license

Must have been in business for at least six months prior to March 15, 2020

Must have 20 or fewer full-time equivalent employees

Must provide a summary of business operations prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and demonstrate how there has been a financial hardship

The city says priority will be given to businesses that haven't received any federal aid, like through the Payroll Protection Program, though businesses that have may still apply for a grant.

Some businesses will not qualify, including adult-oriented businesses, bail bonds, non-profits, home-based businesses, liquor stores and cannabis-related businesses.


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