The $182,500 grant program was approved by City Council in August and gives business owners the opportunity to be awarded a reimbursement not to exceed 50% of total funds spent on landscape replacements caused by the storm—up to $5,000 per property.
The landscape grant will be funded from the remaining funds allocated to the Southlake Business Relief Grant, which opened in December 2020.
“This is a unique grant program but one that our local business property owners will appreciate,” said Daniel Cortez, the city's director of economic development and tourism, in a city press release. “Our main goal is to bring back the aesthetic beauty that landscaping brings to Southlake. It’s been difficult enough for businesses to manage through a pandemic, but the winter storm of February added to the hurt our businesses were facing.”
Eligible businesses must have their property be located within the city of Southlake and be used for commercial purposes as well as being zoned for commercial use. Businesses must provide a copy of all funds spent after Feb. 15 to replace the required landscaping material. A full list of requirements as well as the application can be found here.
The application period is open from Oct. 11 to Dec. 31 or until all funds for the grant are distributed. Applications are on a first-come, first-served basis.