- Community and Economic Development
- Planning Division
- Business Recovery Program
2023 Extreme Weather Disaster Business Recovery Program
Town of Mammoth Lakes Business Recovery Program
The Town of Mammoth Lakes Business Recovery Program is designed to provide funding to businesses in the Town of Mammoth Lakes who are experiencing financial hardship due to 2023 extreme weather disaster and substantial increase of snow removal costs. This program is designed to provide support funding for small businesses with a grant award of up to $7,500 per business. The Town finds that the support small businesses provide continuity of jobs for local residents, provides tax revenues for the Town and other agencies, provides services that support the local community and visitors, reduces vacancy and decay of business properties. Town support of the economic vitality of the small business community is a public benefit to the Town of Mammoth Lakes and providing limited financial support to such business to assist in excess costs and impacts incurred by local business due to the 2023 extreme weather disaster is not a gift of public funds.
This program has limited funding and may be discontinued at any time or upon the expenditure of all available funds. The program may be used in conjunction with any other state, county, local, or non-profit funding source. The program will have $500,000 of Town funding. The Town’s decision on any application shall be final, and the terms of this program may be amended, or the program itself eliminated, at any time without notice.
Grant Award Amounts
Grants will be awarded in the following amounts based on the described scenarios.
- Businesses that conducted snow plowing operations only (storage of all snow on site) up to - $5,000
- Businesses that conducted snow plowing AND hauling operations up to – $7,500
- Businesses with up to 20 full time equivalent employees (FTEs) and less than $3,000,000 in gross revenues in the prior year (January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022) from direct operations within the Town of Mammoth Lakes.
- Businesses must have a physical, commercial storefront in the commercial zoning districts (OMR, D, MLR, NVSP, CSP) of Mammoth Lakes. See Mammoth Lakes Zoning Map for information on Zoning Districts.
- Businesses must have been in operation, with a current business tax certificate, for one year prior to March 31, 2023.
- Applicants and their businesses must be in good standing with the Town with no outstanding fees, debts, or warrants.
- Businesses must have incurred or expect to be assessed substantially more for snow removal costs than in prior years. Documentation of current and past snow removal related costs must be provided to the Town for consideration.
- Businesses must currently be open for business and were open through January 1 2023 through March 31 2023.
The following businesses are NOT eligible:
- Businesses with over 20 employees as of December 31, 2022
- Home-based businesses
- Lending and investment institutions and insurance companies
- Businesses & nonprofit entities with no physical storefront
- Businesses operating outside of the Town of Mammoth Lakes municipal boundary
- Businesses without a valid Town of Mammoth Lakes business license
- Businesses engaged in any illegal activity according to local, state or federal laws or regulations
- Subcontractors under a primary business license, such as in a salon
- Business owners or businesses with any of the following:
- Pending bankruptcy or insolvency proceedings
- Outstanding judgments or tax liens
- Conviction of fraud
- Delinquency of federal tax payment or a federally regulated loan
- Suspension or debarment from contracting with the federal government or receiving federal funds
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form W-9
- Payroll report (sufficient to document the eligibility)
- 2022 financial statements sufficient to demonstrate eligibility criteria
- Receipts, statements or planned or actual common area charges, showing snow removal costs substantially above prior year expenses. Substantially means at least a 50% increase in snow removal related costs.
- Separation of costs for snow plowing and for hauling and dumping of snow at a Town approved storage site (Snowcreek or USFS sites). Dumping costs at other locations will not be considered.
These documents are for grant selection purposes only and will not be shared unless required by law with any other party.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. How do I apply?
Grant applications will be available on the Town’s website beginning May 15, 2023. Only complete applications with all exhibits will be accepted. Please see “Submittal Requirements” above for more information. COMPLETE AND SUBMIT THE ONLINE APPLICATION.
These documents are for grant selection purposes only and will not be shared unless required by law.
2. What does the fund support/restrictions for the funds?
Funds are 100% restricted to direct costs associated with the 2023 winter extreme weather disaster incurred between January 1, 2023 and March 31, 2023, including:
- Cost of snow plowing/clearing of parking areas and
- Cost of hauling snow to approved Town snow storage sites.
- A breakdown of these costs is required for submission of a grant request.
3. How and when will grants be allocated?
The initial grant application period will begin May 15, 2023 and will close on June 7, 2023. After staff evaluates applications for meeting eligibility requirements, funding will be allocated in June 2023.
4. How much will the grants be worth?
Grants will be provided in amounts not to exceed $5,000 and $7,500 per guidelines. Total grant funding disbursed will depend on the number of applications submitted.
5. How much money will be available?
The program has funding of $500,000.
6. Are program grants taxable as gifts or income?
Possibly. Grant recipients should consult with their tax advisors.
- Council action on April 26, 2023 to create the grant program.
- Application period begins May 15, 2023
- Application closes on June 7, 2023 at midnight, then applications will be screened by staff for funding.
- Grant will be awarded in June 2023
TOWN PROGRAM CONTACT
Sandra Moberly, MPA, AICP
Community & Economic Development Director
Phone: (760) 965-3633 or email.
The Town of Mammoth Lakes is an equal opportunity provider of services and programs and will not discriminate against any applicant on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, disability, age, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled veteran.