McKinney City Council to consider second round of 'McKinney Strong' COVID-19 business grants

At the June 2 McKinney City Council meeting, council will consider deploying a second round of grants to help businesses impacted by COVID-19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
At the June 2 McKinney City Council meeting, council will consider deploying a second round of grants to help businesses impacted by COVID-19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

At the June 2 McKinney City Council meeting, council will consider deploying a second round of grants to help businesses impacted by COVID-19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

At the June 2 McKinney City Council work session, council will discuss a second round of grants to help businesses impacted by COVID-19.

The McKinney Strong grant program rolled out in May and distributed $1,500 grants to these businesses.

Le Ha with Majestic Nail Spa in McKinney, who received a grant during the first round, said the money was used to install plastic dividers between nail technicians and clients to protect people from the virus as well as to purchase no-touch thermometers and personal protective equipment.

If approved at the June 2 council meeting, home-based businesses would be eligible to receive this city grant funding for up to $1,000.

The second round of funding, however, will deploy a larger grant amount to follow the first round, according to meeting documents.


During the work session, council will consider and discuss this second grant program, which will give small brick-and-mortar businesses the opportunity to apply for more funding. Details for this program will be finalized at a later date, as council will not take action on this item at the work session.

The city has identified about $6 million in long-term grant funding that if obtained would make the increased grant amounts possible, officials said. These grants would be being funded from the McKinney Economic Development Corp. and the McKinney Community Development Corp.

Once council and city staff have determined what the process will look like for these businesses to receive the funding and it is approved by council, applications will open “as quickly as possible,” the mayor said.

Editor's note: This article has been edited to correct an error. The second part of the grant program will be discussed during the work session and will be funded through the McKinney Economic Development Corp. and the McKinney Community Development Corp.
By Miranda Jaimes
Miranda has been in the North Texas area since she graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014. She reported and did design for a daily newspaper in Grayson County before she transitioned to a managing editor role for three weekly newspapers in Collin County. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 covering Tarrant County news, and is now back in Collin County as the editor of the McKinney edition.


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