Under the latest phase of its Safe & Well project, the foundation will be providing businesses up to $1,000 that can be used to ramp up their digital presence and marketing efforts.
“We felt like it would be a good idea to come up with a third phase to try and help the local businesses, especially those who are not in line with this new way of marketing their products, which is social media,” SLLF Board President Sunny Sharma said. “A lot of the businesses actually don't even have an online presence.”
Eligible businesses can apply to receive assistance in one of the following three areas.
- Creating an online platform
- Marketing and consulting services or advertising
- Establishing a contactless payment system
During the coronavirus pandemic, the Sugar Land Legacy Foundation has also provided more than $3,000 of personal protective equipment to local first responders and given out nearly 100 PPE care packages to small businesses.
Sharma said all funding for the Safe & Well campaign has been provided through charitable donations. He added that the Sugar Land Legacy Foundation has around $16,000 remaining for this third phase.
To be eligible for funding, businesses must be located within Sugar Land city limits, employ fewer than 50 people and have been founded prior to March 1, 2019. Additionally, businesses must be able to demonstrate adverse effects of the coronavirus pandemic and be in good standing with the city of Sugar Land.
The nonprofit Sugar Land Legacy Foundation strives to build public-private partnerships, support local business and serves a vehicle for businesses to leave a lasting footprint on the community, Sharma said.
“We want to make sure that people understand that when we partner together, miracles happen,” he said. “We can join hands and help each other and, with each other's expertise—and with less expenses and less time—build a better future for all of us.”
For more information or to submit an application, visit the Sugar Land Legacy Foundation website, send an email to [email protected] or call 832-779-8609.