The Bexar County
Small Business Assistance Program

The Bexar County
Small Business Assistance Program

The Bexar County Small Business Assistance program will provide grants to micro and small business owners who have been impacted by the pandemic. The program, funded by Bexar County and administered by LiftFund, has dedicated $10,000,000 Million in funding to support for-profit small businesses with grants up to $50,000.

Tuesday, January 3 at 10:00 AM through Friday, January 20 at 5:00 PM Central Standard Time
Below you will find more details about this program, including eligibility, documents required, scoring methodology and timeline.

Grant Awards

The grants will range from $10,000 to $50,000 to eligible small, for-profit businesses. 

The funds must be used for business-related expenses, including payroll, working capital, business rent, inventory, supplies, equipment, and other operating costs.


Maximum Grant Amount
$0 - $25,000
$25,001- $50,000

Grant amount will not exceed 2019 gross sales.

The following limitations apply:

  • Applicants are eligible to receive only one grant award
  • Only one grant may be awarded per business with more than one location
  • Limited to one grant per physical address within Bexar County.

To be eligible for this program, businesses must:

  • Employ fewer than 500 employees and meet the SBA size standard for small business 
  • Not conduct a prohibited business activity.
  • Annual gross sales in 2019 between $10,000 and $3 million
  • Gross sales in either 2020 or 2021 must be less than gross sales in 2019. Gross sales are based on Line 1 of Schedule C or Line 1a of 1120, 1120S or 1065.
  • Operating prior to January 1, 2020 with documented financials in 2019. “Operational” is defined as a positive amount of gross receipts or sales on the 2019 tax return (Line 1 of Schedule C or Line 1a of 1120, 1120S or 1065) 
  • Be currently in operation. “Currently operational” is defined as having positive business sales related deposits on the most recent business bank statement. 
  • Not have filed for bankruptcy at time of application
  • Be in good standing with the TX Comptroller’s office, if applicable.  
  • Be located within Bexar County limits. To check if your business address is located within the county, click here.
  • Not be in the following categories: non-profits, gambling/gaming businesses, sexually oriented businesses; payday lenders, or real estate investment. 
  • Applicant must be majority owner of business
  • Current Driver’s license or government-issued photo ID
  • DBA/Assumed name certificate filed with Bexar County or certificate of formation/incorporation filed with TX Secretary of State.
  • Business utility bill (water, gas, electric). Home based businesses may provide a home utility bill. 
  • 2019, 2020, and 2021 business tax returns. Acceptable return formats are Schedule Cs, 1120, 1120S and 1065. If 2021 business return has not been filed, other documents, such as a profit and loss statement may be requested. Applicants without a filed business tax return for 2019 and 2020 are not eligible. 
  • Most recent business bank statement
  • DD 214 proof of military discharge (veterans only)

Applications will not be considered on a first come, first served basis. Applications with the highest score based on the methodology below will be considered and funded first.

Ownership  18 Max Points
Veteran Owned
Women Owned 6
Minority Owned 6
Geography  12 Max Points
Located in Unincorporated/Suburban City Business Location 12
Not Located in Unincorporated/Suburban City Business Location 0

Application Period: January 3 @ 10 am – January 20 @ 5 pm.

Applicants will be able to save their progress during the application period. Applications must be completed and submitted along with all the documentation required for verification before 4:59:59 PM CST on Friday January 20, 2023.

Applicants will receive a confirmation email when they submit the application.

Application review: January 30- May 1, 2023

The grants team will reach out to applicants by phone or email if additional documents or clarification is needed. If additional documents are requested, applicants will have 5 business days to submit. 

Award notifications: March 30- June 30, 2023

Eligible applicants with the highest scores based on the methodology above will be notified earlier within the award notification time frame, followed by lower scoring applicants. All applicants, even if ineligible or not selected for funding, will be notified by June 30.

Selected recipients will be notified of approval and prompted to accept the grant via an emailed DocuSign form.

Grant disbursements: April 7– June 23, 2023

Eligible applicants with the highest scores based on the methodology above will be funded earlier within the grant disburesement time frame, followed by lower scoring applicants.

All recipients will be required to complete follow-up surveys in May 2024 and May 2025. Grant recipients must keep detailed receipts for expenditure of grant funds. 

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IdeaCafe Grant (Preference for women)

EBay Up and Running (Business owners who sell on Ebay)

Barstool Grants

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Visa MENA She’s Next Grant Program (Female, Middle Eastern, North African business owners)

Tandy Leather Together Foundation (Businesses in the leather industry who are Tandy Leather customers)



Contact one of our partners for in-person assistance with the grant application.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, as long as your business is registered with a DBA.

No, you may only submit an application for one of your businesses. 

You are welcome to get assistance in completing the application from a third party, however, the business owner should submit their own application and the contact info listed should be for the owner.

Visit our Partners page to view organizations that have been vetted and trained to assist business owners to submit the application free of charge. Do not pay a third party who is not on the list for application assistance.

If you reported income from your current business on your 2019 schedule C, you may file a DBA at this time and be considered.

You will be asked to submit a current business utility bill as part of the application. 

You can submit a copy of your business lease agreement.

You can contact the LiftFund Grants Team at 800-923-9551. For in-person application assistance, please contact one of the community navigators to schedule an appointment. 

Yes. LiftFund will issue a 1099 in January 2024.

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