Registration For Small Businesses

  • Small Business Grant

    The Fort Bend County Commissioners Court has approved a small business emergency grant program to assist businesses impacted by Covid-19. Additional funds were approved April 27, 2021 to provide financial assistance to the small business community.

    Registration Available Mon, May 17 2021 to Tue, Aug 30 2022



ARPA Initial Grant:
You are eligible for the initial ARPA Small Business grant funds up to the level of grant based on your 2020 annual revenue. ALL requirements for this grant must be met and are as follows:

  • The business must be registered and operating Fort Bend County for at least two consecutive years.
  • The business must have been fully operational of December 30, 2019*.
  • The business must have filed or completed tax return for two (2) consecutive years (i.e., 2019 and 2020 in the business name.)
  • The business must provide proof of submission for full tax return, which includes form 1120-S for Corporation, 1065 for Partnership or 1040 along with Schedule C for Sole Proprietors.
  • The business must have at least 1 employee (W2) and no more than 50 FTEs (W2 and 1099) employees
  • The business must complete and pass a FICO report verification.
  • The business must have made $25,000 - $5,000,000 in revenue (gross receipts and sales) in 2019
  • The business must have made $15,000 - $5,000,000 in revenue (gross receipts and sales) in 2020
  • The business must show at least a 15% decline in revenue from 2019 to 2020 or show a 25% increase in expenses from 2019 to 2020**
*Businesses that can demonstrate start-up investments and launch activities prior to March 1, 2020 will also be considered for the Level 1 Award.
 
  • Approved Grant Award is based on annual revenue in 2020:
    • Annual Revenue of $15,000-$100,000= $5,000 Grant
    • Annual Revenue of $100,001-$2,000,000= $15,000 Grant
    • Annual Revenue of $2,000,000-$5,000,000= $25,000 Grant
  • Receipts and documentation for all expenditures incurred through June 30, 2022 must be submitted for audit purposes within 90 days of grant disbursement of funds.
  • Funds dispersed to the Small Businesses that are not documented or deemed ineligible uses of funds, would need to be repaid within 30 days of notice.

ARPA Supplemental Grant
Approved applicants who have received the initial ARPA grant award may be eligible for a supplemental grant. ALL requirements for this supplemental grant must be met and are as follows:
  • The business must have been approved for the initial ARPA grant
  • The business must have completed audit of receipts for funds received through the ARPA Grant Program
  • The business must have made $25,000 - $5,000,000 in revenue (gross receipts and sales) in 2019
  • The business must have made $15,000 - $5,000,000 in revenue (gross receipts and sales) in 2020
  • The business must have made $25,000 - $5,000,000 in revenue (gross receipts and sales) in 2021
  • The business must show at least a 15% downturn in revenue from 2019 to 2021 or show a 25% increase in expenses* from 2019 to 2021
  • The business must still be in good standing with the State of Texas
  • The business must still be located and operating in Fort Bend County
*In order to use the expense option, the applicant must have a filed/executed tax return for years 2019 and 2020
 
  • Approved Supplemental Grant Award is based on annual revenue in 2020:
    • Annual Revenue of $15,000-$100,000= $5,000 Grant
    • Annual Revenue of $100,001-$2,000,000= $15,000 Grant
    • Annual Revenue of $2,000,000-$5,000,000= $25,000 Grant
  • Receipts and documentation for all expenditures incurred through June 30, 2022 must be submitted for audit purposes within 90 days of grant disbursement of funds.

Instructions on how to register and apply are attached below. Additionally, how-to videos are available at: https://www.coronavirusfortbend.gov/community-resources/fort-bend-county-assistance-programs/covid-19-assistance-training-videos/  
Ultimately Fort Bend County has the authority to deny/approve business at their discretion based on evidence presented by applicant, Federal government and/or county guidelines. Each case will be comprehensively reviewed to ensure the integrity of the eligibility process is followed. 
For questions about your application or for technical support please email us at fbcsba3@mpact-consulting.com. Please allow 24 to 48 hours to respond during normal business hours. 
You may also call the Small Business Help Line Number at 832-520-4348

Steps to Register and Apply to ARPA Grant[PDF]
ARPA Eligible Expenditures [PDF]
Steps to Upload Additional Documentation to the Portal[PDF]
Steps to Create Audit Receipts in the Receipt Audit Portal
Small Business ARPA FAQs v4.29.22[PDF]
Instructions for Submissions of Receipts [PDF]                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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