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New grant program for small businesses

COVID-19 Recovery Grants for Small Businesses and Nonprofits

In partnership with the non-profit organization LiftFund, the City of San Antonio is utilizing funding provided from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, to provide financial assistance in form of grants to small businesses and nonprofit organizations impacted financially by COVID-19.

Getting Started

Documents Required for Application

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.

Business Documents Required
  • 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

  • Business tax return (2018 tax return acceptable) to determine revenue and prove losses

  • Payroll Documentation with employee listing/count and IRS 941 for Q1 2020

  • Valid Personal Identification including: Driver's license; ID; W-9 or 990

  • 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

  • Non Profit operating bank statements from January through June 2020

  • Non Profit tax return (2018 tax return acceptable) to determine revenue and prove losses

  • Proof of Business location inside City of San Antonio

  • Employer payroll listing/count and IRS Form 941for the 1st quarter 2020

  • IRS Non Profit Status Letter

  • Board Resolution allowing for grant award to be received (signed by Secretary of Board)

Grant Eligibility Criteria

  • Grant applicant must be authorized representative of business or non-profit organization

  • Businesses and nonprofits with twenty (20) employees or less including:

  • Full-time

  • Part-time

  • Contract employees


  • Annual gross business revenue or nonprofit organization's board approved budget 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

  • Business and non-profits 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

  • The following type of businesses are not eligible for consideration:

  • Professional services such as:

  • Architect

  • Attorney

  • Certified Public Accountant

  • Dentist

  • Engineer

  • Interior Design

  • Land Surveyor

  • Landscape Architect

  • Optometrist

  • Physician

  • Real Estate Appraiser

  • Veterinarian


  • Gambling/Gaming Businesses

  • Liquor Stores

  • National Franchises

  • Payday & Auto Loan Providers

  • Sexually-oriented Businesses

  • Businesses in which a City employee or officer has a financial interest, as defined in Sec. 2-53 of the City's Ethics Code.

For more information go to: https://covid19.sanantonio.gov/recoverygrants

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