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    Information and Requirements

    • Business must be physically located and operating within Tarrant County (excluding the City of Fort Worth).
    • Applicant must provide the name of the City in which the business is physically located and/or goods or services provided
    • Applicant must provide the physical street address (no P.O. Box) for the business location, and if different, a mailing address for the business.
    • Business must be a for-profit sole proprietorship, organization, association, corporation, partnership, joint venture, limited partnership, limited liability partnership or limited liability company with 25 or fewer employees as of March 1, 2020. 
    • Business must have been operating and open to the public since January 1, 2020.
    • Business must have been closed or partially closed because of the COVID-19 public health emergency and in need of reimbursement for business interruption and/or incurred costs caused by COVID-19 closures. (If your business was open but with reduced open hours, was operating with reduced staff, had limited service available (such as to-go, online, or curbside pick-up only), and/or had a reduction in workload from normal operations, then it would be considered partially closed.)
    • Business is NOT listed on the Federal debarment list per the System for Award Management (SAM) website.
    • Business shall not have delinquent 2018 or prior year property taxes, tax liens or judgments.
    • The Grant funding determination will be based on the following:
      • Grant funding eligibility and grant reimbursement amount will be determined based on the financial and other information provided in this application, along with the required documentation.
      • To establish grant eligibility, the business must show an impact when April and May 2020 business related deposits are compared to January and February 2020 business related deposits.
      • The amount eligible for reimbursement by the Grant is ONE of the following:
        • 1.5 x the average payroll costs (including the calculated average owner’s compensation or partnership draw incurred but not paid).  The average will be calculated using the 2019 or 2018 tax return or 1st quarter 2020 (January through March) Form 941 submitted with the application.
        •  3x the average types of allowable expenses per the Tarrant County Small Business Assistance Program guidelines.  The average will be calculated using the 2019 or 2018 tax return submitted with the application.  
      • The dollar amount of individual grants will be determined by the information provided, the number of eligible grant applications received and the funding pool available, with no individual grant being more than $10,000.
    • Owners of multiple business are only eligible to make grant application for ONE business location and receive only ONE grant award.  Only the first application submitted by the owner will be considered for funding. Application will include disclosure of owner(s).
    • Businesses/Owners receiving a previous Tarrant County Small Business Assistance grant award will NOT be eligible for another grant award in the second round.  Owners with more than one business who received grant funding for a business in the first round will NOT be eligible to receive grant funds for a different business in the second round.
    • Twenty percent (20%) of the allocated grant funds will be allocated for businesses with 51% Minority, Woman, or Veteran ownership.
    • Grant proceeds may be for expenses incurred after March 1, 2020 through May 31, 2020. Grant funds received are not for the same costs covered by 1) other federal grants or loans business has received (i.e. PPP, SBA EIDL, or other federal program funds), 2) other local grants, or 3) business interruption insurance payments.
    • Completed applications and required documentation will be reviewed by the Tarrant County Auditor’s Office based on Tarrant County Commissioners Court approved Small Business Assistance Grant Program Guidelines.
    • Applicant will receive an email indicating grant approval or denial, and if approved, the dollar amount of the grant.
    • Checks for grant awards will be issued to qualifying grant recipients through Tarrant County Accounts Payable. Checks will be issued to the business and mailed to the address listed in the provided Form W-9.  A report of the business grant recipients and the amount of grants funded will be sent to, approved by, and filed with the Commissioners Court.
    • All required documentation must be uploaded and submitted with the application in order to be complete.  Applications missing required documentation will be determined incomplete and ineligible for funding.
    • Application Assistance Centers are available in various cities and other locations around the County for application information and transmittal assistance (see Grant website for locations).

    Tarrant County is a governmental body subject to the Texas Public Information Act. Information submitted to Tarrant County in the application may be subject to the Act and, therefore, subject to public release.


    This page was last modified on October 19, 2020


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