Small Business Grant Program


The City of Mountain View Small Business Grant Program provides fifty (50) $5,000 grants for small businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Businesses that meet eligibility requirements will be entered into a lottery to select the grant recipients. 

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The City of Mountain View released the Small Business Grant Program requirements and application on February 1st, 2021 with a press release, social media, and email to the City’s Biz Newsletter contact list. The City also hosted an informational webinar on February 3rd. The Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Business Association assisted with marketing and outreach efforts.

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 meet the eligibility requirements will be assigned a random number to be entered into a double-blind lottery which will be used to select the final grant recipients. Assigned numbers will be sent to eligible applicants via email on March 2nd & 3rd. On March 5th at 10 a.m. the City will hold the lottery during a live webinar open to the public. Attending the webinar is optional. will be used to generate a list of fifty random numbers. Sign up for the webinar here.

In total, the City of Mountain View received 133 applications with 75 eligible applicants after reviewing applications and verifying against the Small Business Grant Program eligibility requirements. Fifty selected numbers and ten waitlisted numbers along with the name of each associated business, will be posted below following the live lottery on March 5th.  If you have any questions, please email


SMALL BUSINESS GRANT program Eligibility 

  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.
  • Must be compliant with City of Mountain View building/code/planning regulations at the time of application and current on payment of City taxes and fees.
  • Must not have any outstanding judgments, bankruptcies, tax liens, or pending lawsuits against them.

See grant application for other requirements, terms, and conditions.


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.


  • Businesses can apply starting Monday, February 1 at 12 p.m. until Sunday, February 14 at 11:59 p.m. using the online application form. Emailed or mailed applications are not accepted. 
  • The City will host an informational webinar about the grant program on Wednesday, February 3, at 11:00 a.m. Please register here for the webinar.


Eligible businesses will be entered into a lottery system to select 50 grant recipients. This process allows businesses to submit their applications any time during the two-week application period. This is not a first-come first serve application process. Grant recipients will be required to enter into a grant agreement with the City of Mountain View (see application for terms and conditions of the agreement). 

Please click on the APPLICATION HERE (application closed on February 14, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.) to complete and submit an application online. Required documents can be uploaded using this online application.