Small Business Economic Relief Program

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and City Council approved $15 million for the City of Houston Small Business Economic Relief Program that will provide immediate and short-term grant assistance to small businesses impacted economically in Houston’s communities due to COVID-19. Funded through the Federal CARES ACT, the grant program is designed to help the most vulnerable small businesses with access to capital and technical assistance needed to survive the pandemic.

Applications must be submitted electronically through the online web portal, opening Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 8:00 a.m.

The goal is to be a resource that businesses economically impacted by COVID-19 may leverage to sustain their operations during and after the pandemic.

  • Must be a for profit business operating within the city limits of Houston for at least one (1) year, prior to March 1, 2020.

  • Must be in good standing regarding City requirements, e.g. property taxes, personal property, grounds for debarment, etc.

  • Must provide evidence of how business revenue has significantly decreased because of government restrictions or other challenges due to COVID-19

  • Must commit to completing the technical assistance component of this program provided via Program Administrator.

  • A business qualifies if it generated $2 million or less in gross annual revenue pre-COVID-19.

  • Local chambers of commerce operating within the city limits of Houston are eligible to apply

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