Eligible small and micro businesses may receive grants between $5,000 and $25,000

As of Sept. 20, small and micro businesses in Harris County contending with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for grants tailored to help these businesses bounce back.

The Small Business Relief Fund will begin accepting applications through Monday, Oct. 4, at 5:30 p.m. via the program’s website, harriscountybusinessrelief.org. Eligible small business owners may apply for financial support in the form of grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. The grants do not have to be repaid.

On. Aug. 10, Harris County approved the $30 million relief fund to support small and micro businesses recovering from the effects of the pandemic. The Small Business Relief Fund was created with funding from the American Rescue Plan Act and is being administered by LiftFund, a nonprofit organization that supports small business owners with funding and business education.

Harris County urges business owners who plan on applying to visit the website at harriscountybusinessrelief.org to review the applicant checklist to verify eligibility for this program and also to be prepared with the proper documentation needed to apply before the application portal opens.

“Small businesses keep money in our local economy and create a sense of community through networking and neighborhood involvement. They are meeting places, incubators of innovation and pathways to success for first-generation entrepreneurs,” said Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo. “Small businesses and the families they employ can’t sustain a crisis of this duration and magnitude. Along with my colleagues on commissioners court, I’m proud to support small and micro businesses’ continued recovery with a $30 million relief program managed by LiftFund.”

Eligibility Criteria

Located within Harris County;  registered as a business operating in Harris County; must have 30 or fewer employees (including part-time, contractors and full-time employees and owners); in operation before April 2020; experienced negative impact on operations due to the pandemic; annual revenue of less than $500,000 in 2019 and 2020; and be in good standing with the Texas Comptroller’s office with no outstanding tax obligations or liabilities.

Funds will not be awarded based on a first-come, first serve basis, but will be assessed using a scoring methodology. All grants will be awarded by January 2022.

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