How small businesses in Harris Co. may apply for relief funds until early October

It's no question that small businesses are an essential and growing part of the economy. In the Houston area alone, nearly 97% of employers qualify as ‘small businesses,' so Harris County announced it's working to give back to those businesses in need. 

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County Judge Lina Hidalgo held a press conference Monday afternoon to discuss the start of the Harris County Small Business Relief Fund application period, where eligible companies can apply for grants between $5,000 and $25,000 until October 4, 2021. 

Based on a press release, the county approved a $30 million relief fund to support small businesses recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Small Business Relief Fund was established through funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and administered by LiftFund, a nonprofit that supports small business owners through funds and education. 

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To qualify, you must meet the following criteria: 

  • Located within Harris County
  • Registered as a business operating in Harris County
  • Must have 30 or fewer employees (including part-time, contractors, and full-time employees and owners)
  • In operation before April 2020
  • Experienced negative impact on operations due to the pandemic
  • Annual revenue of less than $500,000 dollars in 2019 and 2020
  • Be in good standing with the Texas Comptroller’s office with no outstanding tax obligations or liabilities

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To learn more and apply, click here.