Small Business Microgrants Program

Announcement

As of August 1, 2024, the Small Business Center Incentives Programs will be transitioned to the City of Dallas Economic Development Department. Please contact Economic Development for current and future inquiries.

City of Dallas Economic Development

https://www.dallasecodev.org/

Incentives Overview

https://www.dallasecodev.org/599/Incentives

Incentives Inquiry Tool

https://dallasecodev-economicdevelopment.app.transform.civicplus.com/forms/31186

City of Dallas Departments and Offices

https://dallascityhall.com/departments/Pages/default.aspx

The Microgrants Program provides financial support, up to $5,000, for small businesses that experienced negative economic impacts or disproportionate impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. The application must be completed online.

To be eligible to receive grant funds, an applicant must be:

  • a business officially registered with the Texas Secretary of State and operate as a legal for-profit business (Eligible Business);
  • classified as a small business under the size standards of the U.S. Small Business Administration;
  • in existence on or before March 1, 2018;
  • a registered vendor/supplier with the city of Dallas. (If you are not registered, you may register to be a New Vendor using this form); and
  • physically located and operating within Dallas city limits (Service Area shown in the map below), or is a disproportionately impacted business in the City of Dallas (City) as defined by the U.S. Department of the Treasury as: small businesses operating in Qualified Census Tracts as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Ineligible businesses:

  • a business that has ceased operations or permanently closed excluding short-term or temporary closures due to COVID 19
  • a business that requires a sexually oriented business license under Chapter 41A of the Dallas City Code, or a liquor store, a pawn shop, a body piercing studio, or a tattoo studio as those terms are defined by the Dallas Development Code
  • a business that has outstanding city liens or tax liens, that is party to a lawsuit against the City, that is currently in default under any other agreement with the City, or that has, in the previous 5 years, been party to a contract with the City that was terminated due to default. All expenditures for services will be subject to state and local procurement laws.
  • a business that does not meet (or is unable to provide documentation that it meets) all eligibility requirements

Eligible use of funds:

  • operational expenses, including:
  • payroll and benefits;
  • costs to retain employees;
  • technical assistance to support business planning;
  • and mortgage, rent, or utilities.

In addition to operational expenses, awardees classified as a Disproportionately Impacted Small Business (businesses within ARPA Census Tract Region), may use the funds for the following:

  • capital expenses, such as:
  • commercial property rehabilitation,
  • storefront/façade improvements,
  • or expansion costs.

Ineligible Uses of Funds for Small Business Assistance:

  • Costs incurred prior to March 3, 2021
  • Loss that bears no relation or is grossly disproportionate to the type or extent of harm experienced due to the pandemic
  • Payment of non-business expenses (e.g., personal credit cards, family car, home repairs)
  • Direct financing to political activities
  • Religious activities, such as worship, religious instruction, or proselytization and/or those that promote or inhibit religious interest
  • Economic hardship incurred for reasons other than the pandemic
  • Costs previously covered by alternate federal, state, or local grant funding
  • Payment of fines or federal or state taxes
  • Purchase of drugs, tobacco, or alcohol
  • Food and entertainment
  • Bonuses
  • Non-business travel

Announcement

As of August 1, 2024, the Small Business Center Incentives Programs will be transitioned to the City of Dallas Economic Development Department. Please contact Economic Development for current and future inquiries.

City of Dallas Economic Development

https://www.dallasecodev.org/

Incentives Overview

https://www.dallasecodev.org/599/Incentives

Incentives Inquiry Tool

https://dallasecodev-economicdevelopment.app.transform.civicplus.com/forms/31186

City of Dallas Departments and Offices

https://dallascityhall.com/departments/Pages/default.aspx

 

The application opened on March 5, 2024, and will be available online only. Microgrants will be awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis based on meeting the eligibility requirements.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact Jessica Nichols through phone or email;

Jessica Nichols

Grant Compliance Specialist

C: 945-275-3970

[email protected]