Small Business Emergency Relief Grant

This grant is for businesses who have not received other COVID-19 related assistance from federal, state, or local governments. 
Federal law prohibits receipt of monies from the SBA, FEMA, the U.S. Treasury, or other governmental organizations in addition to funds offered through this grant for the same purpose.

In response to the economic hardships experienced by businesses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Sierra Vista is launching the Small Business Relief Grant Program. The goal is to keep businesses open and retain jobs. It is a grant program in response to businesses located in Sierra Vista that are at-risk of closing or laying off employees a result of social distancing policies or government directed closures. It is also intended to support businesses that want to open new lines of business in response to the crisis, such as medical supplies, cleaning, or in-home health services.

Application period will open on May 13, 2020, and close on May 27, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. MST.

See application process and additional information below.

Funding Source

City of Sierra Vista's HUD Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), $120,000.

Funding Amounts

Up to $7,500 per business with up to five employees (to include the owner) as a Microenterprise.

Up to $10,000 per business with up to 10 employees under the guidelines of the Special Economic Development Grant.

Basic Eligibility
    • For-profit business holding a current Sierra Vista business license and located in the City Limits of Sierra Vista
    • Ten or fewer employees
    • Applicant is 51% + majority owner of business
    • Can provide financial evidence of potential job loss as a result of COVID-19
    • Can provide evidence of being able to retain low to moderate jobs for at least 6 months as a result of grant (Special Economic Grant Only)
    • Not in bankruptcy, current with all local, state and federal taxes, fees, and any other debt payments to the City of Sierra Vista
    • Owner/Applicant is a qualified Low/Mod Income Household (Microenterprise Only)
Eligible Costs

Basic operating capital for staff salaries, leasing space, insurance, and/or utilities. Requests for inventory, supplies, furniture, software, equipment, and other may be considered.

Basic Terms
    • Funds will be disbursed for documented eligible project expenses.
    • Allow City to collect income and demographic data from applicants and their employees.
Application Process & Review

Download and complete the Business Grant Verification Form. (Please review the grant guidelines prior to applying.) Email the completed form to Michael Cline or Tony Boone. You will receive an email with a link to complete the application and securely submit the supporting documents listed below:

    • Most recent IRS 1040 form (SSN redacted/blacked out)
    • Business operating agreement (for multiple owners)
    • Previous four weeks of payroll
    • Liability insurance (or ability to obtain liability insurance)
Application Review

Applications will be reviewed by City staff and scored according to the scoring matrix found in the guidelines. Applicants will receive the guidelines in the return email following the Verification Form submission.