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City of San Antonio COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program for Small Businesses and Non-Profits

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The City of San Antonio COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program is utilizing $24.7 million provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as CARES Act, to provide financial assistance in the form of grants to businesses and non-profits that have been impacted financially by COVID-19. This Recovery Grant Program is a part of the City’s Recovery and Resilience Plan, which is based on five guiding principles: 1) Public Health and Safety; 2) Equity; 3) Braided Funding; 4) Community Resilience and 5) Well-being.  

The Recovery Grant Program is a collaborative partnership with LiftFund and local community business organizations such as San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside (SAGE), Westside Development Corporation (WDC), Southside First (SSF) and Centro that will be available to provide application assistance to eligible businesses.  

Applications will be accepted from Monday, July 13, 2020 at 10:00 AM CST through Monday, July 27, 2020 at 5:00 PM CST. After this date, all completed applications will be reviewed by LiftFund for basic eligibility requirements.

Grant eligibility criteria includes:

  • Grant applicant must be authorized representative of business or non-profit organization
  • Sole proprietorships, businesses and non-profits with 20 employees or less including full-time, part-time or contract employees
  • Annual gross business revenue or nonprofit organization budget of less than $2 million  
  • Located within San Antonio city limits and must be willing to remain within boundaries for at least one calendar year from the date of grant award
  • Applicants must not be in the process of filing for bankruptcy
  • Demonstrate a loss of at least 15% of revenue for the period beginning March 1, 2020 due to negative impact related to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Business or nonprofit must be established prior to August 1, 2019 
  • Businesses or nonprofits that received a grant through the Bexar County LiftFund Program are not eligible for grant consideration; and
  • Commitment to the Greater. SAfer. Together. Pledge

The following type of businesses are not eligible for consideration: professional services, such as certified public accountant, architect, landscape architect, land surveyor, physician, optometrist, dentist, engineer, real estate appraiser, attorney,  interior design, veterinarian; gambling/gaming businesses; national franchises; sexually-oriented businesses; payday & auto loan providers; liquor stores and businesses in which a City employee or officer has a financial interest, as defined in Sec. 2-53 of the City’s Ethics Code.

Grant award limitations include:

  • Limited to one per each physical address within the City of San Antonio
  • Only one grant will be awarded per business or non-profit with more than one location
  • Grant applicants are only eligible to receive one grant award

Grants will be available in the following amounts:

  • Self Employed businesses up to $10,000
  • Microbusinesses with 1-5 employees up to $25,000
  • Small businesses with 6-10 employees up to $50,000
  • Small businesses with 11-20 employees up to $75,000

The Recovery Grant Program is not a first come, first serve basis

With equity being one of the five guiding principles of the City’s Recovery Plan, applications received will be prioritized on three attributes:

  • Business location and combined score on City’s Equity Atlas;
  • Race, ethnicity, gender and veteran status of the business owner;
  • Access to other COVID-19 funding. 

Created by the Office of Equity, the Equity Atlas highlights the demographics and disparities within the city. You can learn more about the tool here: https://www.sanantonio.gov/Equity/Initiatives/Atlas

Business Documents Required:

The grant application will require verification of pertinent documentation. Any applicants that are unable to provide the required documents may continue to submit a grant application for review. 

The documentation required for grant application submittal includes:

  • Business entity formation document (document from Bexar County or Secretary of State with date of formation) prior to August 1, 2019. Other documentation to prove entity formation may be acceptable
  • Business operating bank statements from January through June 2020
  • 2018 or 2019 business tax return. We highly encourage your 2019 business tax return
  • Payroll Documentation with employee listing/count and IRS 941 for Q1 2020
  • Valid Personal Identification
  • Proof of Business location inside City of San Antonio 
  • Proof of business owner race, ethnicity and gender or South Central Texas Regional Certification Agency documentation (if applicable for ownership)
  • Military DD214 or honorable discharge documentation (if applicable for ownership)

Non Profit Documents Required:

  • Entity formation document (document from Bexar County or Secretary of State with date of formation) prior to August 1, 2019
  • Business operating bank statements from January through June 2020
  • 2018 or 2019 business tax return. We highly encourage your 2019 business tax return
  • Proof of Business location inside City of San Antonio 
  • Payroll Documentation with employee listing/count and IRS 941 for Q1 2020
  • Valid Personal Identification
  • IRS Non Profit Status Letter
  • Board Resolution allowing for grant award to be received (signed by Secretary of Board)
  • Board listing with demographics provided of Board Members

Questions:

City of San Antonio COVID19 Recovery Grant Program Overview Webinars:

FAQs:

  • Is your business located inside the City of San Antonio?
    https://www.sanantonio.gov/council/find-my-council-member
  • Can I apply for more than one of my businesses? 
    No, you can only apply for one business for this program.
  • If I received a PPP or EIDL loan can my business still qualify for the program?
    Yes.
  • If I received a Bexar County grant will my business qualify for the program?
    No.
  • How old does my business have to be to qualify?
    Businesses who will qualify were established prior to August 1, 2019.
  • If I am a local franchiser will my business qualify?
    Yes if it meets all other criteria. 
  • How do I calculate 15% losses in the application? 
    Please follow these steps for calculating 15% business gross revenue loss due to COVID 19 Pandemic :
    • Step 1: Calculate your monthly average, first take your January and February bank statements and add the total deposits together. 
    • Step 2: Divide this number by 2.
    • Step 3:  Enter the amount in the “Jan- Feb 2020 Monthly Gross Revenue” box.
    • Step 4: Add the deposits from your March – June bank statements. Subtract any deposits related to a PPP loan, EIDL, receivables from previous month or last year,  unemployment or other one-time cash infusions.
    • Step 5: Divide that total by 4.
    • Step 6: Enter that number in the March- June 2020 Monthly Gross Revenue box.

      Seasonal Business Tip: 

      If you are a seasonal business take your 2018 or 2019 revenue from tax return and divide that by 12 to get the average revenue. Then follow the same steps for the March-June Monthly Gross Revenue instructions above.