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COVID-19 Small Business Grants

* The application phase has closed. If another round of funding becomes available, we will update this page with new information by Friday, May 21.

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The Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program provides pandemic relief grant funding to small businesses impacted by COVID-19 that operate in Abilene, Texas.

QUICK OVERVIEW:

  • Funds are available for Abilene businesses grossing $750k/year or less and with low-to-moderate income owners and/or employees.
  • Must have been in operation as of March 16, 2019 and show a loss of revenue due to COVID-19.
  • Not a loan! These funds are grants, which means qualifying businesses receive funds without adding debt.
  • Did your business receive PPP or EIDL funds? No problem! This does not disqualify you from applying.
  • Funds can be spent on: overhead expenses, payroll (some exclusions), rent, utilities, necessary equipment to continue business operations, among others.

See the full list of qualifications in the Program Guidelines here.

If you have questions about this program, please contact our Grants Associate, Kassidy Nygaard at 325-676-3883 or email knygaard@cfabilene.org.

WHERE THE FUNDING COMES FROM:

The program is funded through a grant to the City of Abilene from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Coronavirus Aid, Relief Economic Security Act (CARES Act). In response to the economic hardships experienced by small businesses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Community Foundation of Abilene will administer funds to retain jobs and stabilize local businesses. Grant funds may be used for overhead expenses, rent, utilities, and necessary equipment to continue business operations, among others.

The program is subject to the availability of funds, compliance with program guidelines and submission of the required application and supporting documentation.

HELP WITH THE APPLICATION PROCESS:

The CFA is working closely with the Abilene Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to assist small businesses with the application process. Business owners that need assistance with the support documentation required for this application can get no-cost guidance through our local SBDC. Please call their office at 325-670-0300 to register for their free services. https://www.abilenesbdc.org/

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