Bexar County

Restaurant and Bar Recovery Grant Program

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Update 11/23/2020

Award dates have changed due to additional funding allocated by the County Commissioner’s Court on November 23rd for an additional $1 MM and the dates have been updated to support more applications. Thank you for your patience.

Bexar County Restaurant and Bar Recovery Grant Program is a new fund to provide emergency relief to commercially based restaurant and bar businesses who have been impacted by COVID19. 

The program is designed to help locally owned restaurants and bars within Bexar County, Texas.

The application for this fund will open on October 26, 2020. 

 $3,748,800 million in funds is available in the form of business grants. These resources will be offered to businesses at or below $5 million dollars in annual revenue with maximum full time equivalent employees at or below 60 employees during the first quarter.

Business Qualifications:

The fund is not a first come first serve fund. All applications will be reviewed based on stated and verified business information and business operations. A completed application includes all required documentation to be considered. The following are the business qualifications:

  • Business is designated within the food and beverage; 
  • Business must be commercially located; 
  • Annual revenue at or below $5 million from all business activities per tax entity;
  • 60 full time equivalent employees or less;
  • Local franchisor may apply with only one franchise location; 
  • Has not received a City of San Antonio or/and Bexar County COVID19 funding  previously;
  • Limited to businesses that are located and will remain in Bexar County;
  • Demonstrates a loss of at least 15% of revenue in the period beginning March 12, 2020;
  • Sexually oriented businesses, Dance Halls, Catering, Event Planning, Box Meal Services are not eligible;
  • Franchise taxes must be current or in agreed payment plan;
  • A business can only apply as a restaurant or bar, not both;
  • A business owner can only receive one grant;
  • A business can only use a single tax entity for the application
  • Business must be established as of January 1, 2020

Grant Document Verification:

  • Business entity documents;
  • Certificate of Occupancy; 
  • Business operating bank statements to prove losses; 
  • Business P&L; 
  • Employment Documentation with IRS 941 Q1 2020 (pre pandemic); 
  • Closing of Non-Essential Business Documentation (formal notice or bank statements/P&L demonstrating no revenue) and/or;
  • 2019 business tax return to verify business revenue (or 2018 if extension filed);
  • Closed business must provide receipts validating grant funds are spent on business operation expenses (salaries, rent, utilities, PPE, etc.)

All documents must be provided in order for the application to be considered complete. Any applications submitted without documents will NOT be considered. Applicants have the ability to upload the documents securely and safely through the online application.

Previous Applicants:

For businesses who applied to the previous Bexar County’s grant program and the City of San Antonio grant program who did not receive funding, please email us at sbcovidgrants@liftfund.com to confirm that you would like to be considered for the current program. We will be sending an automated email confirming your opportunity to opt in for consideration of this program.  

Applicants can’t have received other COVID19 related small business grants from other cities in Bexar County or the previous grants and loans from Bexar County.  

Grant Precinct Allocation:

 The funding will be distributed equally among the four precincts. The allocation per precinct is: $937,200.

Grant Amounts:

Up to $25,000

Eligible Expenditures:

Businesses may apply for the following expenses associated with business operations: payroll, lease/mortgage, supplies, inventory, utility, etc.

How to apply:

The application period will open from October 26, 2020 9:00 a.m. CST to November 2, 2020 at 5 p.m. CST. 

Timeline:

  • October 26, 2020  – Applications Open
  • November 2, 2020 – Applications Closes
  • November 9-December 2, 2020  –  Applications reviewed and lottery
  • December 10, 2020 – 100% of grants awarded and distributed
  • Dates have changed due to additional funding allocated by the County Commissioner’s Court Nov. 23rd for an additional $1 MM and the dates have been updated to support more applications. 

Grant Follow Up:

All businesses receiving assistance will be required to complete a follow-up survey a later after the grant is awarded. Grant recipients must keep detailed records on reopening dates, receipts for expenditure of grant funds, and staff and payroll records.

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