The City of San Antonio Small Business COVID Impact Grants Program will provide financial support in the form of grants to micro and small business owners who continue to be impacted by the pandemic to strengthen the San Antonio small business community. The program, funded by the City of San Antonio and administered by LiftFund, has dedicated $17,000,000 Million in funding to support for-profit small businesses with grants up to $35,000. An additional $10,000 construction impact supplement is available for those who qualify.
The grants will range from $15,000 to $35,000 to eligible small, for-profit businesses. Business located in areas affected by these construction projects may be eligible for an additional $10,000.
Maximum grant amount is based on reduction in gross sales between 2019 and 2021.
The funds must be used for business-related expenses, including payroll, working capital, business rent, inventory, supplies, equipment, and other operating costs.
The following limitations apply:
To be eligible for this program, businesses must:
Grant funds will not be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications will be assessed and scored based on the five components below. The maximum score is 115. Applications with the highest scores will be reviewed, approved, notified and funded first (if eligible).
|Reduction in Gross Revenue 2019 to 2021||Points|
|40% or Greater||30|
|30% – 39.9%||20|
|20% – 29.9%||10|
|NAICS prefix is||Points|
|213, 512, 519, 331, 711, 721, 487, 486, 448, 485||30|
|532, 333, 323, 115, 211,||25|
|212, 316, 518, 515||20|
|623,425, 442, 315, 339, 722, 812, 533||15|
|326, 453, 624, 322, 523, 622, 236, 424, 321, 712, 713, 451, 112, 446, 524||10|
|Equity Atlas Score*||Points|
|Equity Atlas Score 8-10||20|
|Equity Atlas Score 5-7||10|
|Equity Atlas Score 2-4||0|
|Other Grant Funding Received **||Points|
|$1 to $10,000||10|
|$10,001 to $25,000||5|
|$25,001 or more||0|
* Click here to learn more about the equity score
** Includes PPP, EIDL, Restaurant Revitalization Fund, COSA Recovery grant and COSA Hospitality grants
Application Period: August 1 @ 10 am – August 22 @ 5 pm.
Applicants will be able to save their progress during the application period. Applications must be completed and submitted along with all the documentation required for verification before 4:59:59 PM CST on Monday August 22, 2022.
Applicants will receive a confirmation email when they submit the application.
Application review: August 23- December 2, 2022.
The grants team will reach out to applicants by phone or email if additional documents or clarification is needed. If additional documents are requested, applicants will have 5 business days to submit.
Award notifications: September 7- December 5, 2022.
Eligible applicants with the highest scores based on the methodology above will be notified earlier within that time frame, followed by lower scoring applicants. All applicants, even if ineligible or not selected for funding, will be notified by December 5.
Selected recipients will be notified of approval and accept the grant via an emailed Docusign form.
Grant disbursements: September 14 – December 12, 2022.
Eligible applicants with the highest scores based on the methodology above will be funded earlier within that time frame, followed by lower scoring applicants.
All recipients will be required to complete follow-up surveys in June 2023, June 2024 and June 2025. Grant recipients must keep detailed receipts for expenditure of grant funds.
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The City of San Antonio is available to assist with information and referrals to additional programs that can help your business. For assistance, please contact 210-207-3924 or SmallBizInfo@sanantonio.gov for more information.
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Yes, as long as your business is registered with a DBA.
No, gross sales in both 2020 and 2021 must be less than 2019 gross sales.
Part time, full time, and contractors who work for you on a regular basis.
No, your business must be physically located in the city.
No, you may only submit one application for one business.
You are welcome to get assistance in completing the application from a third party, however, the business owner should submit their own application and the contact info listed should be for the owner.
here are 7 community partners who have been vetted and trained to assist business owners to submit the application free of charge. Do not pay a third party who is not on the list for application assistance.
If you reported income from your current business on your 2019 schedule C, you may file a DBA at this time and be considered.
You will be asked to submit a current business utility bill as part of the application.
You can submit a copy of your business lease agreement.
You can contact the LiftFund Grants Team at 800-923-9551. For in-person application assistance, please contact one of the 7 community navigators to schedule an appointment.
Click here to see if your business is located in an impacted area.