By R. Keith Rugg | Saturday, May 9, 2020
Lake Tahoe seen from hillside above Incline Village.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Incline Village has pulled together to support its community members who have been hardest hit. Among the efforts to help the business community survive the crisis is the Incline Rotary Clubs Angel Business Grant Fund. This program is designed to assist local businesses that have been adversely impacted by the pandemic with grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.

With significant support from the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation in the form of a grant for $100,000, members from the Incline Village Rotary Clubs are busy processing applications and disbursing grant funds. In addition, struggling businesses can receive advice from experienced Rotarians who are professionals volunteering their time as business mentors. 

Woman's hair being styled at a salonThese Angel Business Grants can be awarded to any business in Incline Village experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19 and needs financial assistance for such items as rent and utilities, as well as for wages and salaries of their employees. Dozens and dozens of local businesses have received these grants already, from restaurants and hair salons to several different sole proprietorships and self-employed individuals.

The grant application is designed to help get money back into the community as quickly and as smoothly as possible. There is no credit application required and as the funding is in the form of a grant, no repayment of the monies are expected. The committee meets weekly and the application asks for such information as a description of the business, how the business has been impacted by the coronavirus emergency and how the business intends to use the grant funding. In many cases, the application is followed with an interview by the application committee. For grant applications of more that $1,000, additional documentation is required. Complete information is available at the Angel Business Grant website.

People planning business at a tableIn addition to financial assistance, assigned Rotarian “angels” provide business mentoring, which includes working with individuals to explore job counseling, government programs and other business-oriented resources to help provide for future success. The project has racked up more than 1,000 volunteer hours from Rotarians donating their time to mentor others in the community.

The Angel Business Grant program is a related but separate project from the Geno Angel Family Grants program. The Family Grants are awarded in amounts of $500 to $1,000 to individuals or families living or working in Incline Village or Crystal Bay who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19. Like the business awards, the family assistance is in the form of a grant, meaning that it does not have to be repaid. In order to be eligible for a family grant, recipients have to either live in Incline Village, work in Incline Village or have a child enrolled in the Incline Village schools. The application process can be found on the Geno Angel Family Grants website.

For an overview of the Rotary Clubs’ Angel at Your Door community assistance program or to donate toward these funds, visit the Angel at Your Door website.





About the Author R. Keith Rugg
Veteran journalist R. Keith Rugg has worked with several area publications, including a number of years on staff at the Tahoe Daily Tribune and the Reno Gazette-Journal.