PANDEMIC EMERGENCY TECHNICAL SUPPORT (PETS) GRANT

Written by The Bee News

October 8, 2020

PANDEMIC EMERGENCY TECHNICAL SUPPORT (PETS) GRANT

The Pandemic Emergency Technical Support Grant Program makes $19 million in Corona-virus Relief Funds available to provide operational support to small businesses, non-profits organizations, arts and culture organizations, and local Chamber of Commerce impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Program is intended to be flexible and ensure that eligible businesses, non-profits and other entities can adequately respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, safely reopen and continue their operations.

Application Period: Monday October 19, 2020 at 8:00 AM through Monday November 2, 2020 at 5:00 PM. 

(application will be available here)

ABOUT THE GRANT

Funding may be available to small businesses, non-profits, arts and culture organizations and local Chambers of Commerce to cover different expenses related to working capital (rent, inventory, payroll, utilities, etc.), protective equipment (PPE) and protective retrofit due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Payments will be made directly to applicants for selected eligible expenses they would like to cover with requested funding.

Pandemic Emergency Technical Support Grant will be administered through the State’s vendor  National Development Council (NDC).

To view detailed information about PETS Grant Program, click here

GRANT AWARD LEVELS

  • Businesses and non-profits can receive up to $10,000 for any eligible expenses;
  • Chambers of Commerce:

o serving less than 10 businesses can receive up to $10,000;

o serving more than 10 businesses can receive up to $20,000;

  • Arts and Culture organizations can receive up to $20,000.

QUALIFICATIONS

Eligible entities:

To be eligible to receive grant funding under the program, an applicant must:

  • Have experienced and can demonstrate financial hardship due to COVID-19;
  • Have a physical location in State (includes home-based businesses);
  • Have an active business license prior to March 1, 2020 and be in good standing with the State (no liens or judgments, etc.);
  • Be a for profit business that have no more than 50 employees;
  • Be a for profit business that have an annual gross revenue under $4 million;

o Non-profits, Chamber of Commerce, and arts and culture organizations will not have an employee or gross revenue requirement.

Ineligible entities:

  • Publicly traded companies and their subsidiaries;
  • Entities which became operational after March 1, 2020;
  • Those who are not physically located in the State;
  • Businesses with gross annual revenue greater than $4 million;
  • Businesses with more than 50 employees;
  • Businesses illegal under federal law;
  • Any state (owned) arts and culture organization.

ELIGIBLE EXPENSES

Funding may be available to cover different expenses related to working capital (rent, inventory, payroll, utilities etc.), protective equipment (PPE) and protective retrofit due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Applicants will be required to select any of the following eligible expenses:

General Expenses for working capital

  • Payroll;
  • Rent;
  • Utility bills;
  • Inventory;
  • Other.

Protective Equipment and Protective Retrofits

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE);
  • Supplies for cleaning and sanitation;
  • Expenses related to retrofitting in order to comply with social distancing and other health guidelines.

To view more detailed information about eligible expenses, click here.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

All applicants will be required to provide following documents applicable to their business and/or organization:

  • Copy of Nevada State Business License;
  • W-2 or payroll schedule;
  • W-9 Form Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification;
  • Articles of Incorporation or other relevant organization documents;

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applicants will be required to complete a simple application form, and upload required documentation directly in the form.

Pre-Application process: Applicants will be asked several questions and this step will immediately determine if applicants will qualify.

Determination of Expenses: If applicants pass the qualification process, they will be able to select the applicable grant award level and their individual plans for use of the grant funds by selecting which expense category they need.

Applicant affirmation/self-certification: All applicants will be required to certify that their business or organizations was closed or was negatively impacted as a result of COVID-19 and/or Governor’s Directive 010: Stay at Home Order, resulting in a material financial need; outline the economic impact caused by COVID-19 and certify their revenues for both pre-and mid-pandemic; and will be required to affirm that all information provided in the application is accurate and that funds will be used for the purposes and amounts specified in the application.

Uploading required documentation: Last step will be to upload required documents to qualify for grant.

MAINTENANCE OF DOCUMENTS

All successful grant applicants should keep records of expenses made under this program in the event of a possible audit. This will include all the Covid-19 related purchase receipts, capital expense receipts and payments records.

VIEW FAQS

To view frequently asked questions and answers, click here.

CONTACT

For general questions about the PETS Program please submit your inquiries at:

[email protected] or [email protected] or call 1-800-366-1600

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