Beginning Sept. 8, Lyon and Storey counties will begin accepting applications for a small business grant program designed to help businesses deal with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The applications will be accepted through Oct. 6 and grants will be awarded on an as needed and first come first served basis.

For details on eligible businesses and funding amounts, and to preview the application, please visit the Nevada Association of Counties website here.

“Small businesses are the life blood of our local economy, when they are strong, we are strong. We know that businesses and their employees were struggling during the restrictions and closures as a part of the response to the pandemic. The county is committed to assisting those in need as much as possible,” said Vida Keller, Lyon County Commission Chair.

For Lyon County, those applying must have a business license from the City of Yerington, City of Fernley, or Lyon County, to be eligible. The County has also partnered with the University of Nevada’s Small Business Development Center to assist businesses with the application process. Request free and confidential assistance at www.nevadasbdc.org or call 800-240-7094 to make an appointment with a counselor through one of their 13 statewide locations.

Storey County also launched its grant program to help local small business. Funding is available to assist small businesses impacted by COVID-19 with expenses like PPE, utilities and retrofits .

“Small businesses are the life blood of our local economy, when they are strong, we are strong. We know that businesses and their employees were struggling and continue to struggle with the restrictions and closures as a part of the response to the pandemic. The county is committed to assisting those in need as much as possible,” said Marshall McBride, chair of the Storey County Commissioners.

To be eligible you must have a Storey County business license, or applicable state business license.

Storey County has also partnered with the University of Nevada’s Small Business Development Center to assist businesses with the application process. Request free and confidential assistance at www.nevadasbdc.org or by calling 800-240-7094 to make an appointment with a counselor through one of the 13 statewide locations.

The funding for this program comes from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Storey County urges all eligible businesses impacted by COVID-19 to seek grant funding through this program, for further questions please visit the grant application website.

See http://www.nvnaco.org/programs/small-business-stabilization-grant-program/ for more information.