Pandemic Emergency Technical Support (PETS) Grant

Pandemic Emergency Technical Support (PETS) Grant

The Pandemic Emergency Technical Support Grant Program makes $20 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.


CHANGE 10/23: Thank you for your interest in the Pandemic Emergency Technical Support (PETS) grant program. The State has seen a tremendous response to this program, which has highlighted the need for assistance to Nevada’s small businesses and non-profits. Due to the overwhelming number of applications, the guidance released on October 22, 2020, has been revised.

All applications that have been started will be manually submitted by Program staff and no further action is required from applicants at this time.

Accordingly, the ZoomGrants application portal will be closed for all applicants going forward. Applications will be manually submitted on a rolling basis to allow the system along with program staff to catch up on the backlog of applications.

If you have created an application, your spot in line is preserved. Program staff has begun processing applications and will continue processing and funding applications until funding for the program is exhausted.

Currently, $40 million has been allocated to support the PETS program. We have received a greater number of applications that we have in available funding. Submission of an application does not guarantee funding, and grant awards will be determined based on prioritization and timing of the application until all funds are exhausted.

Out of fairness for all applicants and to ensure the system is able to efficiently process those applications, please do not attempt to access ZoomGrants. Doing so will only further slow the system and process down.
If you are unsure of whether or not you have started an application, please allow 72 hours for processing by program staff. If you have not received an email from ZoomGrants by 5 pm on Monday, October 26, please email:

If you have already submitted your application, please do not email documents to program staff unless you are contacted by program staff to submit additional information to complete your application.
We appreciate your patience as we work through the overwhelming response to this program.

Sign up for future CARES allocations

If you own a Nevada small business or operate a non-profit organization, please fill out the following form to be notified of new funding opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the event that future funding becomes available for small businesses and non-profits, the Governor's Office of Economic Development will use the information provided in this form to reach out to you.
You only need to fill this form out once if you own multiple organizations or have multiple locations unless you would like to be notified for each separately.


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.

The PETS grant is intended to assist businesses and organizations during the COVID-19 health crisis - especially those establishments such as bars, pubs, taverns, breweries, and wineries, restaurants, as daycare facilities, and other service oriented businesses - who have experienced temporary closures or a severe downturn in revenue.

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.



• Businesses and non-profits can receive $10,000 for any eligible expenses;
• Chambers of Commerce:
           o serving less than 10 businesses can receive $10,000;
           o serving more than 10 businesses can receive $20,000;
• Arts and Culture organizations can receive $20,000.


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.


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.


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

• Copy of Nevada State Business License (not applicable for non-profit organizations);
• W-9 Form Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification;
• Articles of Incorporation or other relevant organization documents;


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-certificationAll 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.


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.


To view frequently asked questions and answers, click here.


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