The financial aid application deadline is July 15 for San Antonio small business owners adversely affected by a road construction project.

In a nutshell

Qualifying businesses may receive up to $35,000 in grant funding to help offset demonstrated losses attributed to road closures and detours in 2023 compared to 2022. This program was announced by the city of San Antonio in May and is being administered in partnership with LiftFund.

This targeted program is tied to eight specific construction zones where work took place between June 2020 and February 2023. Applications will be scored based on assessed need and will not be disbursed on a first-come, first-served basis, city representatives said.

Zooming in

Eligible construction project areas include:
  • Broadway Street, from East Houston Street to East Hildebrand Avenue
  • Bulverde Road from Butterleigh Drive to north of Quiet Meadow Street
  • Zona Cultural District routes of Santa Rosa Street from Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard to Martin Street, San Saba Street between Nueva and Martin streets, and Commerce Street between Frio and Santa Rosa streets
  • Gevers Street between Cosgrove and Minnetonka streets
  • South Presa Street between Southeast Military Drive and Southcross Boulevard
  • South Alamo Street from Market Street to Cesar E. Chavez
  • Streets immediately surrounding the Alamo
  • Bynum Avenue from West Mayfield Boulevard to West Gerald Avenue
What they’re saying

City officials said approved funds received through this program may be applied to certain business expenses, including working capital, machinery and equipment, payroll/health care benefits, and/or utility payments tied to business property. The funds cannot be used to make distributions to owners/investors or to acquire new assets.

City Manager Erik Walsh said the city is doing what it can to help lessen the burden that small businesses experience during major city-backed infrastructure projects.

“To keep up with growth, the city values and supports infrastructural upgrades and improvement projects. We prioritize resources and opportunities like this to help alleviate the impacts of construction to our small businesses,” Walsh said in a statement.