Small Business Construction Relief Program

Broadway Street Lower Segment & Alamo Plaza

Has your small business been negatively impacted by the construction near Alamo Plaza or on Broadway?

You could be eligible for a relief grant up to $25,000!

Why

In 2020 the City of San Antonio began construction on bond projects on both Alamo Plaza and Lower Broadway that has temporarily reduced visibility and access to the businesses in these areas. Once complete, the road improvements will help small businesses prosper as part of a more resilient and vibrant community and business ecosystem. For now, we recognize the businesses need some extra assistance.

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Our Solution

Small Business Construction Relief Grant Program

The City of San Antonio is partnering with Centro San Antonio to provide $500,000 in relief to affected small businesses. With this program, grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to eligible impacted businesses on the Lower Segment of Broadway and Alamo Plaza areas.

Applications accepted April 5-23

TIMELINE

April 5-23, 2021
April 26-May 14, 2021
End of May
Applications accepted
Review and scoring
All funds distributed

Grant Eligibility

Grants are limited to one per owner. Each application will be reviewed for eligibility using the following criteria:

  • Grant applicant must be authorized representative of business.
  • Businesses and sole proprietorships with up to 30 employees including full-time and part-time employees (not contract employees).
  • Annual gross business revenue of up to $2 million.
  • Business must be located within program boundary and must commit to remaining within boundary for at least 6 months from the date of grant award.
  • Business must be established prior to February 1, 2020. 
  • Demonstrate a revenue or net income loss of at least 25% from 2019 to 2020. Revenue loss for businesses opened in early 2020 can be demonstrated by showing quarterly losses relative to first quarter 2020.
  • Commitment to the Greater. SAfer. Together. Pledge.  

THE DETAILS

Grant Amount Eligibility

Business Size
Max. Grant Amount
Self Employed
$5,000
1-5 Employees
$10,000
6-10 Employees
$15,000
11-30 Employees
$25,000

APPLICATION DOCUMENTATION

Please make every effort to include the following documents with your application:

  • Business entity formation document from Bexar County or Secretary of State with date of formation prior to February 1, 2020.  Other documentation to prove entity formation may be acceptable. 
  • Documents that demonstrate a revenue or net income loss of at least 25% from 2019 to 2020 in one of the following ways; 1) Uploading 2019 and 2020 taxes 2) Uploading 2019 taxes and 12 months of bank statements from 2020 3) Upload one quarter’s worth of bank statements from 2019 and the same quarter’s worth of bank statements from 2020, i.e. Q2 2019 and Q2 2020.
  • 2019 business tax return (or 2018 if 2019 is not available)
  • Payroll documentation with employee listing/count and Q4 2020 IRS 941.
  • W-9
  • Business owner’s driver’s license, state-issued ID, or military ID
  • Proof of Business location (Current lease agreement or most recent utility bill)
  • If business is woman or minority owned, please submit proof of Business owner race, ethnicity, or gender or South Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (SCTRCA) documentation   
  • If business is veteran-owned, please upload Military DD214 or honorable discharge documentation
  • Statement of how grant funding will improve long term success of the business.
  • Plan to obtain a financial assistance counseling session (copy of email or appointment verification).

Ready to take the next steps?

Applications accepted April 5-23

FAQ

Applicants unable to provide the required documents may still submit a grant application for review. Alternative backup documentation may be requested.

  • nonprofit organizations
  • professional services such as certified public accountant, architect, landscape architect, land surveyor, physician, dentist, optometrist, engineer, realtor, real estate appraiser, marketing and advertising firms, brokers, apartment and property businesses, attorney, interior design, veterinarian
  • gambling/gaming businesses
  • sexually-oriented businesses
  • payday and auto loan providers
  • liquor stores
  • businesses in which a City employee or officer has a financial interest, as defined in Sec. 2-52 of the City’s Ethics Code

NAICS codes sectors 53, 54, 55, 56, 61, 62, 813, 814 and 92 constitute professional services, and are ineligible for the current grant opportunity. 

The applicant will receive a confirmation email with a timeline and next steps, and an email and phone number for status inquiries.  Should anything change, the applicant will be notified via email or phone and the webpage will be updated.

Centro will verify documentation submitted, assess the total amount of revenue loss during 2020, and provide a recommendation for grant award. Any application scoring 85+ points will be prioritized for immediate review and funding. Applications will be scored using a matrix that gives points for:

  • Physical location of business 
    • Tier 1 (on same street or adjacent to construction)
    • Tier 2 (side street near construction)
  • Status of business ownership
    • Minority owned
    • Woman owned
    • Veteran owned

Business Location 

Application Points 

Tier 1 

60 

Tier 2 

30 

Ownership  

Application Points 

Minority Owned 

15 

Woman Owned 

15 

Veteran Owned 

10 

There are no restrictions. We understand that each business is facing complex challenges and trust that each owner knows their business best. Whether funds are spent on payroll, marketing, signage about where to park during construction, physical improvements to their store, purchasing inventory or supplies, it’s all fair game.

City employees and elected officials are not eligible for this grant opportunity.

Absolutely! Additionally, here are some other grant opportunities:

The Broadway Corridor is one of the largest corridor improvement projects in the 2017-2022 City Bond Program. This project has been divided into three parts to be staggered in their execution, with the Lower Segment being the area addressed by this grant.

  • Lower Segment: Houston Street to I-35, July 2020 – January 2024
  • Upper Segment, Phase I: I-35 to Mulberry, March 2022 – January 2024
  • Upper Segment, Phase II: Mulberry to Burr, TBD

Details on the Lower Segment are as follows:

  • Underground utilities (CPS, SAWS, Telecoms): July 2020 – May 2023
  • Avenue B & Alamo Street Bike Infrastructure: May 2021 – March 2022
  • City of San Antonio (COSA) Roadway Construction: Fall 2022 – January 2024
  • In 2015, the City of San Antonio, Texas General Land Office, and Alamo Endowment signed a cooperative agreement to develop and implement a master plan for the Alamo Area, known as the Alamo Plan.  The City appropriated the aggregate of $38,000,000 comprised of $17,000,000 in Certificates of Obligation from the 2016 capital budget, and $21,000,000 from the 2017 Bond Program for Alamo area Plaza and Alamo area streets improvements.   
  • Phase 1 of the Alamo Plan began in January 2020 and includes the closure of Crockett Street from Alamo Plaza to Bonham Street, the rehabilitation of Alamo Plaza from Crockett Street to Blum Street, and improvements to Bonham Street from 3rd Street to Crockett Street.  Improvements to Bonham and Crockett Streets will be complete by July 2021.  A completion date for the plaza area has not been determined.
  • Construction updates can be found on the Alamo website: https://www.thealamo.org/save/alamo-plan/news

Only one application per business owner may be submitted.

  • Proven 25% quarterly loss: Three Months (Quarter) Business Bank Statements/Company Financials in 2019 & 2020;
  • Proven 25% annual loss: Tax returns from 2019 and 2020;
  • Proven 25% loss in 2020: 1st Quarter 2020 with other 2020 Quarter.

Based on gross revenue on your 2019 tax return.

You can call 210-890-4486 or email mainstreet@downtownsa.org for assistance.

Centro has a list of small business resources on our Main Street Business Support page https://centrosanantonio.org/main-street-businesses/.

Yes, Centro will issue a 1099 at the end of the year.

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