Austin's Economic Recovery
The City of Austin is committed to restoring our local economy in a manner that is safe, equitable, and prosperous for all.
We are working diligently to help businesses and individuals recover from the financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. By working together, we will overcome this unprecedented time in our city’s history.
Latest City of Austin Grant Opportunities:
Austin Small Business Relief Grant - Open July 7 - 24, 2020
- Austin Non-Profit Relief Grant - Open July 7 - 24, 2020
Latest Austin-Travis County Grant Opportunities:
- Travis County Thrive Small Business Grant - Pre-Application Open: June 18 - July 3.
Helping You Recover
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Recent Economic Recovery News
Updated June 25, 2020
Gov. Abbott Closes Bars; Reduces Restaurant Capacity
Governor Abbott issued a new Executive Order on June 26, 2020. Key items in the Executive Order include:
- All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to close at 12:00 PM today. These businesses may remain open for delivery and take-out, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
- Restaurants may remain open for dine-in service, but at a capacity not to exceed 50% of total listed indoor occupancy, beginning Monday, June 29, 2020.
- Rafting and tubing businesses must close.
- Outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments, with certain exceptions.
The City of Austin advises all businesses to continue the following safety practices:
- Screening employees for symptoms of COVID-19
- Washing or sanitizing hands upon entry and between interactions
- Maintaining six feet of distance
- Wearing face coverings
- Disinfecting items and frequently touched surfaces
- Limiting groups to 10 individuals or fewer
- Providing service only to those seated
- Providing single use food and beverage items
- Accepting contactless payment
- Posting readily visible hygiene signs (see examples here)
If you have any questions, please email EOCBusinessOutreach@austintexas.gov.
City of Austin and Travis County Issue New Safety Orders
The City of Austin and Travis County are requiring all commercial entities providing goods or services directly to the public to develop and implement a health and safety policy or plan related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety policy must require that all employees and guests wear face coverings while on the commercial property, with certain exceptions. Please read the City of Austin Order and read the Travis County Order for additional information.
Austin-Travis County is now in Stage 4 emergency status based on Austin Public Health’s Risk-Based Guidelines. Higher-risk individuals (those over the age of 65 and those who have chronic medical conditions) should avoid social gatherings and any gatherings greater than two people. They should also avoid all non-essential travel and avoid dining and shopping unless it is essential. Lower-risk individuals are advised to avoid social gatherings and any gatherings greater than 10 people, non-essential travel, and to avoid dining and shopping except with expanded essential businesses.
Travis County Small Business Grant Accepting Pre-Applications
Travis County partnered with Business and Community Lenders (BCL) to launch the Travis County (TCTX) Thrive Small Business Program. This program offers grants up to $40,000 to qualifying businesses that have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Applicants must complete a pre-application to determine if they are eligible for the program. If eligible, applicants will be invited to submit a full application. If awarded, the applicants who participate in TCTX Thrive Small Business Program will work with BCL’s small business coaches to create a Business Continuity Plan and will receive no-cost business coaching throughout the program period.
Travis County is providing these grants through the Coronavirus Relief Fund via the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. The Travis County Commissioners Court approved funding for this small business grant program due to the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Texas COVID Relief Fund Accepting Applications
OneStar Foundation announced the availability of $500,000 in grant funding through the Texas COVID Relief Fund to support non-profit organizations and government entities across the state working to ensure the economic recovery of communities in Texas.
Grants of up to $150,000 will support projects that address the unmet needs of vulnerable populations and underserved communities in the areas of community and economic development, healthcare, and education. Funds can be requested for general operational expenses or for project expenses of a specific COVID-related project. With limited funding available for this round, priority will be given to organizations helping address gaps and unmet needs across the state, as further detailed on the program website.
Applications are due Thursday, June 25, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. Central time. Additional rounds may be announced if funds become available.
Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advance Program Reopened
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
SBA’s EIDL program offers long-term, low interest assistance for a small business or non-profits. These loans can provide vital economic support to help alleviate temporary loss of revenue. EIDL assistance can be used to cover payroll and inventory, pay debt or fund other expenses. Additionally, the EIDL Advance will provide up to $10,000 ($1,000 per employee) of emergency economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties, and these emergency grants do not have to be repaid.
For additional information, please visit the SBA disaster assistance website at SBA.gov/Disaster.
Justices of the Peace Announce Additional COVID-19 Measures
Due to health and safety concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, Justice of the Peace courts will be operating with limited operations until further notice. Please visit each court’s page for additional information.
- All non-essential court proceedings will be rescheduled until after July 22, 2020
- All evictions (commercial and residential) are rescheduled until July 22, 2020
- No writs of possession shall be issued until July 29, 2020
- Class C ticket appearances are rescheduled
- No warrants for failing to appear to court for traffic tickets will be issued.