COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Program

COVID-19 SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Overview | Eligibility Requirements | Eligible Activities | Application Process | Grant Funding Award Info

Overview

As part of The CARES Act legislation, the City of Glenn Heights has received an allocation of funds to be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19).  Approximately $200,000 in funding has been designated by the City to assist small business establishments in the City of Glenn Heights.

As such, the City is proposing to distribute these funds to assist local small businesses impacted by COVID-19 during the period of March 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020. Funds may be used for the activities listed below and must be associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Additional information regarding eligible activities are outlined in the grant application.


Eligibility Requirements

Assistance will be granted to private, for-profit entities only.

1. Provisional assistance to private, for-profit entities affected by COVID-19 is intended to help mitigate job loss caused by business closures resulting from social distancing mandates.  The goal of this short-term capital assistance to small businesses is to enable the retention of local jobs in the City of Glenn Heights.  

To qualify for funding under this program, business applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • The primary business location must be physically located in the corporate limits of the City of Glenn Heights and be in compliance with all applicable zoning, and municipal ordinances.  
  • Non-profits and religious organizations do not qualify for assistance.  
  • Home-based businesses, while eligible to apply are recognized as a secondary target for this funding.  Home-based businesses in Glenn Heights must clearly demonstrate impacts of COVID-19 on employee retention, and social distancing compliance limitations.  Grants awarded under this business classification may not exceed $2,500
  • The business must be in good standing and current on all property, sales, and employment taxes.  The business may not be a publicly traded company.
  • The business must have no more than 30 employees. 
  •  Only one grant may be approved per applying business
  • The business must submit a complete application packet.

2. COVID-19 small business grants will be subject to oversight, reporting, and requires that each grantee have adequate procedures to prevent the duplication of benefits which means grant funds may not be used to pay costs if another source of governmental assistance has been received or applied for to pay that cost. Awarded businesses will be required to certify during the contract term that there is no supplanting of federal funds for projects/activity listed on City of Glenn Heights application.

3. Suspensions and debarments are not punitive measures but are part of a government-wide administrative sanctions initiative to ensure the highest standards of professional conduct and ethical business practices by the Federal Government's business partners. Suspensions are generally enacted after an indictment is issued. Debarments are generally issued after a criminal conviction or when serious program violations are detected. 

The System for Award Management (SAM) is the official U.S. Government system database of individuals, organizations, and affiliates excluded from conducting business with any Federal Agency.  Before a grant is awarded, the City will conduct an on-line records search at www.SAM.gov to ensure that any business benefitting from COVID-19 Small Business grant is not suspended or debarred from federal funding.  

The City reserves the right to consider historical information and facts, whether gained from the application, references, or any other source, in the evaluation process, including Applicant’s past working or business relationship with the City, if any. The City further reserves the right to consider an applicant’s background, personnel, experience, financial and other references, management practices, exceptions to this Request for Applications or subsequent contract, and any working relationships, past or present, an applicant may have with its other clients.


Eligible Activities

Eligible activities authorized under the CARES Act include the following:

Assistance to Businesses, including Special Economic Development Assistance

1. Expenditures related to the provision of grants to small businesses to reimburse the   cost of business interruption caused by required closure and social distancing.

2. Grants provided for short-term working capital assistance to small businesses to enable retention of local jobs.

 

Source: Coronavirus Relief Fund Guidance for State, Territorial, Local, and Tribal Governments April 22, 2020


Application Process  

Find Application here:  

Fillable Form (PDF) | Downloadable Form (PDF)

Mailing Instructions:

Submission of printed applications must include (1) complete original document, signed in ink in a sealed envelope/package addressed as such: 

  • City of Glenn Heights Economic Development
  • ATTN: Marlon Goff – Economic Development Administrator
  • RE: COVID-19 Small Business Application
  • 1938 S. Hampton Rd.
  • Glenn Heights, TX 75154

 Email Instructions:

If submitting an Electronic application packet, please email the completed application packet to econdevelopment@glennheightstx.gov with a subject line of “COVID-19 Application: (insert name of applicant agency/business)”. 


Grant Funding Award Information

Funding awarded under the CARES ACT will be made in the following amounts:

Grant Funding Awards 

Up to $2,500

1 or more full-time employees

Up to $5,000

3 or more full-time employees

Up to $7,500

5 or more full-time employees

The Glenn Heights City Council reserves the right to award grant funding in any amount at its sole discretion.