Small Business Grant Program

Round 2.0  Small Business Grant Program-CLOSED

The Mountain View City Council approved an additional $247,000 for Small Business Grants in June 2021.   The application period for Rounds 1.5 and 2.0 grants are now closed and completed. 

Round 2.0 SMALL BUSINESS GRANT program Eligibility

  • Tier One eligible businesses are those meeting all eligibility criteria outlined below.  Tier One eligible businesses will be entered in the 1st random number draw.  If funds remain available after the 1st random number draw, Tier Two eligible businesses will be entered into a 2nd Random number draw.  Tier Two eligible businesses are those meeting the eligibility criteria outlined below EXCEPT the business remains eligible in Tier Two if it has received two or more other public grants or loans in the last 18 months.
  • Eligible businesses include restaurants, personal care services (hair salons and barbershops; nail salons; body art, tattoo, and body piercing studios; esthetician and skin care services; electrolysis, waxing, threading, and makeup services; massage and spa services), fitness and exercise studios, childcare provided in storefront location, and retail. 
  • Businesses that have received other public or private grants or loans (including the City’s Small Business Resiliency Loan) are eligible to apply but funds cannot be used to pay for expenses covered by other grants or loans.
  • Businesses must not have received two or more other public grants or loans in the last 18 months
  • Religious institutions or non-profits are not eligible, nor are businesses, organizations, or individuals whose primary products or purpose are firearms, tobacco, liquor, adult content, or promotes practices or work that violate Federal, State, or local law and/or any of the like.
  • One retail or restaurant franchise store individually owned and operated in the City is eligible. Other chains stores are not eligible.
  • Applicants who own more than one business in the City are only eligible for a grant for one business located in the City.

GENERAL Eligibility Requirements

  • Must operate in a store front within the city limits of Mountain View.
  • Must have at least one and fewer than 25 employees and have less than $2 million in annual revenues.
  • Must have an active City of Mountain View Business License at the time of application.
  • Must submit signed W-9.
  • Must be in operation in the City of Mountain View for at least one year as of March 1, 2020.
  • Must have a business bank account.
  • Applicants must be in good standing with the City (i.e., no code violations, outstanding building permits issues, current on payment of City taxes and fees).
  • Applicants or the business must not have any outstanding judgments, bankruptcies, or tax liens.  Applicants or businesses with pending lawsuits filed against them may not qualify
  • See grant application for other requirements, terms, and conditions.

USE OF GRANT FUNDS

Allowed expenses made after grant approved are personal protection equipment and supplies; modifications to business operations to meet health order requirements (i.e., counter shields, electronic menus, and payment system); rent (past due rent is allowed), utilities (except for water), operating supplies, inventory, and payroll. NOTE: Payment of mortgage and taxes are not eligible expenses.

Businesses will be asked to submit documentation for eligible expenses 45 days after receiving the grant.

Round 1 Background (Historical Information)

The City of Mountain View released the Small Business Grant Program requirements and application on February 1st, 2021. The application window was open for two weeks from February 1st through February 14th.  An eligibility review was conducted to determine whether a business met eligibility requirements. On March 1st & 2nd, businesses will be notified of their eligibility for the program.  Applicants that met the eligibility requirements were assigned a random number to be entered into a double-blind lottery which was used to select the final grant recipients. Assigned numbers were sent to eligible applicants via email on March 2nd & 3rd. On March 5th at 10 a.m. the City held the lottery during a live webinar that was open to the public. Random.org was be used to generate a list of random numbers.

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