The SBRF will be open for ten business (10) days beginning Monday, July 13, 2020 at 8am CST and will close Friday, July 24, 2020 at 3:30pm CST. During the 10-day application period, applicants will be able to submit online applications at any time. Telephone operators will also be available to assist applicants at any time during the application window.
The SBRF has a total of $30 million available for grants. This total value will be allocated evenly between Harris County’s four precincts ($7.5M each).
All business types may apply, including but not limited to:
The maximum grant awarded will be up to $25,000 per applicant. The actual amount funded per applicant will be determined by the greater of the following formula:
1 x average monthly payroll costs (calculated on 2019 monthly avg.)
2 x average monthly fixed costs (calculated on 2019 monthly avg.)
Example: If a business owner:
He or she will only be eligible to receive a maximum grant amount of $15,000 (the greater of $15,000 or $10,000).
A majority of grants awarded to small business owners will not reach the $25,000 threshold. The amounts used in the above formula to determine the maximum grant value awarded to applicants must be accurate and verifiable.
Eligible expenses include the following:
Interest on business debt obligations (other than personal residences) incurred after March 13, 2020
To be eligible to apply for the SBRF a business must meet the following:
To be eligible for the SBRF grant, applicants must conduct business in Harris County, within Precincts 1 – 4. The conduct of business refers to the place of business operations and not to the location of an administrative or corporate office. If business operations are conducted in multiple Harris County precincts, the address listed on the application will be used to determine the precinct funding will be allocated from.
Due to the fact that the City of Houston has previously administered programs aimed at providing COVID-19 relief to small businesses within its city limits, other than applicants assigned to Harris County Precinct 1, applicants located within the City of Houston are not eligible to participate in the program.
Grant applications can be submitted online at apply.harriscounty-sbrfund.org. Applicants that are not be able to submit an application on-line have the option to submit an application by mail or email.
For instructions on submitting an application by mail or email, please call (713) 845-2476.
Yes. However, priority will be given to applicants that have not yet been approved for proceeds from other COVID-19 assistance programs, including PPP and the Harris County LEAP small business loan program. However, grants awarded under this program may be used in conjunction with other disaster assistance programs if the grants do not duplicate the proposed use of proceeds for those programs. Recipients of LEAP funding will not be considered under this program.
If SBRF funds remain after processing all approved applications for those qualifying small business owners who have not received previous assistance from other business relief programs related to COVID-19, consideration will be given to applicants who have previously received assistance through PPP.
The following documents will be required along with completion of the application:
At the conclusion of the 10 business day application intake period, applications will be selected at random using computer software. If a selected application is determined to be incomplete, the applicant will be notified and given the opportunity to correct their application without losing their place in the selection process.
If an application is thorough and complete, the application process can take as little as 5 – 15 days. After applications have been processed and recipients selected, 75% of the grant funding will be distributed within 30 days from the date the program closes, July 24, 2020. The remaining 25% of the grant funding will be distributed by November 30, 2020 provided the business owner is able to show that the applying small business remains open.
Questions regarding the application process may be submitted by email at email@example.com, or made by phone at (713) 845-2476.
By providing your company address and zip code online, you can verify if your business is located within Harris County. Businesses located within the City of Houston, other than those within Precinct 1, are not eligible to apply.
Start-up businesses are not eligible to apply. Eligible businesses must have been established and been in business for the entire calendar year 2019.
Unlike the PPP loan program, SBRF grants are not forgivable loans and carry no repayment requirements.
Yes. To receive the remaining 25% of the grant funds, the business must provide proof that it is still an operating business as of November 30, 2020.
Please consult a tax professional regarding income tax reporting questions.
No. Your credit report will not be required to apply for this program.
No. Neither Harris County nor the program administrator will identify specific applicants or recipients to the public. Harris County will provide the public with non-identifying information regarding the program such as total number of applicants, total number of businesses assisted, etc
The Harris County Small Business Recovery Fund program (SBRF) is a $30 million grant program designed to assist small businesses operating in Harris County that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eligible businesses can now obtain grants up to $25,000 to support their ongoing operations and to help business owners stay afloat as Harris County continues to fight the coronavirus crisis. Funded through the federal CARES Act the SBRF is not a loan program and does not have to be repaid. However, program funds are limited and only a subset of randomly selected applicants will receive grants through this program..