Update: Leander postpones approving initial emergency business grants to April 21

Leander Mayor Troy Hill announced the city's small-business assistance program April 13. (Screenshot courtesy city of Leander)
Leander Mayor Troy Hill announced the city's small-business assistance program April 13. (Screenshot courtesy city of Leander)

Leander Mayor Troy Hill announced the city's small-business assistance program April 13. (Screenshot courtesy city of Leander)

Updated 9:10 a.m. April 17

Leander City Council voted to postpone initial COVID-19 Emergency Grant Program approvals to an executive session on April 21 at 4 p.m. Council made the decision at its April 16 meeting.

Mayor Troy Hill said the postponement is because business and financial information would be more appropriately discussed in an executive session. Council will meet remotely by teleconference.


Original post: 3:55 p.m. April 13

Leander City Council will make initial COVID-19 Emergency Grant Program approvals at its April 16 meeting, according to a city release.

Leander small businesses can find program applications online, and applications can be submitted by email or at the utility billing dropbox at City Hall.

City staff will first review the applications presented to council, and council will continue reviewing applications during the application period that ends May 31.


Council unanimously approved the program April 8 to aid Leander's small businesses negatively affected by the coronavirus.

"We want to do whatever we can to help," Leander Mayor Troy Hill said in an April 13 video announcement. "We don't want to see a single business go under during this time."

The COVID-19 Emergency Grant Program will benefit small businesses affected financially by the coronavirus. The program will aid approved businesses with payments for payroll, leases, mortgages, utilities, and critical business equipment or supplies.

Grants will be between $2,500 and $5,000 for businesses who have demonstrated negative impact, according to the program, which is funded with $208,000 from the Old Town Grant Program.

Additional program information is on the city's economic development department website.

Council will meet by teleconference April 16. The regular meeting will begin at 7 p.m., and the public may watch the video stream online.
By Taylor Girtman

Reporter, Cedar Park and Leander

Taylor Girtman became the reporter for the Cedar Park-Leander edition in February 2020. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida.