Houston City Council approves $15 million small business relief fund

Small businesses making less than $2 million in revenue can apply for a new business relief program through the city of Houston. (Courtesy Pexel)
Small businesses making less than $2 million in revenue can apply for a new business relief program through the city of Houston. (Courtesy Pexel)

Small businesses making less than $2 million in revenue can apply for a new business relief program through the city of Houston. (Courtesy Pexel)

Small business owners will soon be eligible for up to $50,000 in grant funding to recoup coronavirus-related losses.

Houston City Council approved a $15 million small business relief effort July 29 using Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding.

"We know small businesses throughout Houston have suffered greatly due to the global pandemic, and it could take months or years before the business climate returns to normal," Mayor Sylvester Turner said.

Small chambers of commerce and owners of businesses making less than $2 million in revenue prior to the pandemic are eligible to apply to the program, which will begin fielding applications in Mid-August. Applicants are evaluated on a scoring matrix developed by the Houston Office of Business Opportunity and nonprofit Houston Business Development Inc.

If awarded funds, the business owners can apply them to payroll, rent, mortgages, personal protective gear for employees, marketing strategies and accounts payable.


“[Houston Business Development Inc.] was very specific in saying that they would not make it cumbersome for businesses to apply,” Vice Mayor Pro Tem Martha Castex-Tatum said.
By Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered public health, education and features for several Austin-area publications. A Boston native, she is a former student athlete and alumna of The University of Texas at Austin.