City of Plano relief grant for small businesses now accepting applications

The application will close June 4 at 11:59 p.m., and recipients will be chosen using a lottery system. (Chase Autin/Community Impact Newspaper)
The application will close June 4 at 11:59 p.m., and recipients will be chosen using a lottery system. (Chase Autin/Community Impact Newspaper)

The application will close June 4 at 11:59 p.m., and recipients will be chosen using a lottery system. (Chase Autin/Community Impact Newspaper)

Applications for the city of Plano’s Small Business Grant Program opened May 28.

The program, funded by $200,000 of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development coronavirus funds, provides gap funding to help businesses at risk of layoffs or closure as a result of the pandemic. This funding is meant to retain jobs for low- to moderate-income people, according to the city of Plano.

Businesses with 15 or fewer employees can apply to receive up to $10,000.

In order to qualify for the grant, small businesses must show that at least one full-time employee would be lost without the funds and that use of the funds would help maintain at least one full-time position for a low- to moderate-income person. The business could also be made up of five or fewer employees with a risk of layoffs or closure and be owned by a person with low- to moderate-income to qualify.

Applicants must also disclose any funds applied for or received through the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency or other federal assistance programs.


The application, as well as additional requirements, can be found on the city’s website. The application will close June 4 at 11:59 p.m., and recipients will be chosen using a lottery system.

The program is part of a larger effort by the city of Plano to prevent residents from becoming homeless during the coronavirus crisis. A May 11 plan approved by Plano City Council included redirection of federal funding toward rental assistance and rapid rehousing, as previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper.
By Liesbeth Powers
Liesbeth graduated from Baylor University with a degree in new media journalism in December 2018. She gained her newspaper experience as a staff writer and multimedia editor at her campus paper, The Baylor Lariat. Liesbeth joined the Community Impact team in August 2019, where she reports on all things Plano and Richardson, including Plano City Council and Dallas Area Rapid Transit.


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