Business Protection Program Introduced for Redevelopment Area

Business Protection Program Introduced for Redevelopment Area


The city of Las Vegas has introduced a new program to help small businesses in the city’s Redevelopment Area. If you are a business owner who has had to secure and close your business we may be able to help with those costs.


  • Designed to help secure buildings during emergency shutdown
  • Provides financial assistance for securing buildings during times of emergency. (For example boarding up windows and doors, decorating facade.) Interior improvements and security systems are not eligible.
  • Grants up to $2,000 for boarding and securing of a building as long as art is provided on the façade of the securing material.
  • Grants are reimbursement of cost and can be retroactive to the date of the order by the governor (3/17/2020) to shutdown non-essential business
  • Funding available annually on a first-come, first served basis and only available for the duration of the mandatory shutdown (4/16/2020) and is subject to change.


  • All projects receiving funds must be completed within 14 calendar days of the date application is approved by the City Manager, Executive Director of the Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency. Projects not completed within the specified 14 days forfeit all approved and allocated Business Protection funds
  • Reimbursement of funds takes approximately 14-30 business days once copies of all paid invoices, receipts, cancelled checks and photos of completed project, are received. (Redevelopment Agency reserves the right to pay applicant in one lump sum or installments.)


  • Located within one of the City’s Redevelopment Areas in tax district 203, 204, 207, 212, 213 or 214
  • Zoned for commercial, industrial or mixed-use operations. Eligible zoning designations: P-R, N-S, O, C-D, C-1, C-2, C-PB, C-M, M, R-3, R-4
  • Properties with multiple retail tenants and/or vacant store fronts will be limited to 1 grant per storefront


  • Single-family residential properties
  • Multifamily residential properties not part of a larger mixed-use development
  • Properties or projects not meeting eligibility requirements
  • Businesses specifically excluded are essential businesses designated by the State of Nevada and businesses that hold non-restricted gaming licenses (restaurants can qualify)


  • Applicant must have a current, active business license issued by the city of Las Vegas; show proof of a current city of Las Vegas business license for both the property owner and tenant
  • Complete all improvements within 14 days of approval
  • Work must be performed within the time frame of the mandatory shutdown
  • Pictures of boarding and art must be submitted to the agency before reimbursement and inspected by the agency.
  • Prior to receiving matching contribution, submit all paid invoices, receipts, cancelled checks and photos of completed project. (The Redevelopment Agency reserves the right to refuse payment for any change orders not authorized).


  • Applications will be reviewed and considered in the order they are received
  • Applicant participation in this program and approval of any grant monies is at the sole discretion of the Redevelopment Agency.
  • Agency shall have the ultimate authority to accept or reject each application, and have complete authority to decide whether requested work is eligible for this program.
  • Agency shall be obligated to commit funds only the applicant is approved by the city of Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency.
  • Any action taken by the city of Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency is final. There is no appeal process for applications that are not approved.


  • Final selection of a contractor(s) is the sole responsibility of the participating applicant. The Agency shall offer no warranty on work performed. The applicant should obtain any desired warranty information from the contractor(s) in writing.


  • Dayvid Figler and Rae Lathrop

    DF: Downtown was great as a kid and it is even greater as an adult. I love all of downtown’s hidden gems, its vibrancy, history and sense of connection. Rae is relatively newer to Las Vegas, but just as passionate about downtown. Downtown lends itself to the shared experience, and as a couple we both love seeing this part of the city through each other's eyes. Photo: Lucky Wenzel


  • Rob Ponte

    Some of the best nights I’ve experienced started out with no plan other than walking around to check out what’s going on. The great thing about having so many bars and restaurants downtown is the ability to move around if you’re not feeling the vibe in one place. There are plenty of options just outside the door. Photo: Lucky Wenzel

  • Brandon Wiegand

    The downtown Las Vegas of today has much to attract residents - a burgeoning restaurant and nightlife scene, growing diversity of businesses, and major centers of art and culture. Plus, living downtown I am easily within walking or biking distance of it all. Photo: Lucky Wenzel

  • Hank Gordon, Chairman of Laurich Properties

    It is always a pleasure to deal with the city of Las Vegas’ economic development department. The staff is really interested in helping create a positive business environment to work with.

  • Jonathan Jenkins, Founder & CEO of OrderWithMe

    As our company continues its rapid growth, we quickly realized the need to set up a formal U.S. headquarters. We explored multiple cities and were about to make the move to San Francisco, and then we heard about the complete reinvention of downtown Las Vegas. Coming from China where things are booming and growing, we love that downtown Vegas now has a similar vibe of energy and change. Not only is there an exciting tech community here and much lower costs than the Bay Area, but we love the fact that almost every industry group brings their conventions to our front door once a year.

  • Andy Hsieh, Owner of Lux Delux

    We love the vibrancy and energy of Las Vegas, and downtown is at the heart of it all. That's why we've launched our mobile platform with a focus on downtown. This is an exciting time in Las Vegas history, where community, commerce and technology are all converging at once. Downtown is our city's hidden gem.

  • Ramesh Srinivasan, Chief Marketing Officer & Head of Partnerships of SocialWellth

    We chose to relocate from the suburbs to downtown for several reasons. Our brand image and that of downtown’s mesh perfectly. The new downtown Las Vegas reflects a more hip, startup, social media-style image. Additionally, downtown’s emerging technology corridor, anchored by Zappos, is an environment that enhances our ability to recruit the types of technical skill sets required for our continued growth and success.

  • Mark Brandenburg, President of Golden Gate

    I think downtown Las Vegas is a unique blend of intimacy and great energy. Plus, in contrast to The Strip, it’s so easy to walk around…The Golden Gate has been here for over 100 years and with all the changes going on downtown, it feels like a new era. It truly is a renaissance—the rebirth of a classic.

  • Roberto Mendoza, Co-owner of Banger Brewing

    The city has been great in helping us with the licensing and procedures necessary to start a business. There hasn't been a brewery built in the city of Las Vegas for probably 10 years. So for them it hasn't been a typical ‘cut and paste’ thing. We're something different. It was a team work process to get us opened – a lot of talk and listening on both sides. And now the city started opening up the doors for other breweries once we were up and running. Good news for us and good news for the future. (Photo: Lucky Wenzel)

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    This downtown area… is emerging and where many events are happening.

  • Meghan Mossler, Owner of Stitch Factory

    The city and the department of economic development have been very helpful to us and all the other downtown business owners. It’s such a community here, and everyone asks you what you need. That kind of help launching a business is amazing and priceless.

  • Pamela Dylag, Co-owner of Velveteen Rabbit

    The city is so supportive of new businesses. Things are popping up constantly. (Photo: Lucky Wenzel)

  • Marc Abelman, CFO & Co-owner of Inside Style

    Downtown is becoming very much in demand…there’s a limited supply. Run fast, don’t walk.

  • Sam Cherry, CEO of Cherry Development

    For a while, downtown was one of the only places in the valley you would see cranes when you drove around. It was nice that city government stepped up and the private sector married with the public sector to create amazing projects that filled the gap. That was very important for us.

  • Johnny Jimenez, Owner of Toy Shack of Las Vegas

    Our business is booming amid the foot traffic on Fremont Street, and we’ve started to see how tourists are falling in love with downtown as they discover it. In the past year, we’re increasingly hearing things like, ‘Wow, next time we’ll stay downtown instead of on The Strip,’ or ‘We’ve visited downtown many times, but this is the first year we’ve actually stayed in a downtown hotel.’ They like that there is more to do within a smaller walking radius.

  • Rich Worthington, President and CEO of The Molasky Group of Companies

    Historically, downtown Las Vegas has not been a top destination for many locals, but in recent years… that trend is reversing itself. Given all the recent openings and progress, there’s much to explore and experience downtown.