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SAN ANTONIO (June 24, 2022) – Yesterday, the San Antonio City Council voted unanimously to approve $30.95 million in support for local small businesses. The funding is part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and is based on feedback from the Small Business Advisory Commission and the Economic & Workforce Development Committee. ARPA funds will go towards the following initiatives: access to capital, creation of geographic locations, ecosystem improvements, capacity building and localism.
District 5 Councilwoman Teri Castillo, who sits on the Economic and Workforce Development Committee, has been a strong advocate for the return of Operation Facelift and the streamlining of small business grants, provided the following statement :
“Through many community conversations with small business owners and employees, District 5 believes that the plan board approved today will help turn the pandemic tide that has closed so many doors over the past few years.
A top priority for District 5 businesses has been to immediately get this funding into the hands of affected businesses. District 5 is proud of the work the Small Business Advisory Board and Economic and Workforce Development Committee have accomplished together.
In addition, these grants provide additional financial support to businesses located along construction projects that have been negatively impacted by City-funded infrastructure projects. This will help legacy businesses that have been impacted by projects such as the West Commerce upgrades.
District 5 is very excited about the relaunch of Operation Facelift 2.0 – the storefront improvement grant program. Previously, this program helped small business owners improve the facade of buildings, which helped attract more customers, made the building more aesthetically pleasing to the surrounding community, and helped owners avoid costly fines from code enforcement. .
Throughout the pandemic, small businesses have had their voices heard, and the plan advice presented reflects their input and the robust planning process.
Application for the COVID Impact Grant Program will open August 1 and close August 22. Operation Facelift is part of Phase 2, which is expected to begin its implementation from December 2022 to December 2025.