CONTACT: Amador Salazar
SAN ANTONIO (June 15, 2022) — During today’s Economic and Workforce Development Committee meeting, the committee moved to send the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars for small business to full City Council approval.
The ARPA funds will be prioritized for small businesses in need of support, technical assistance, and tools to support their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, while building long-term resiliency.
During the special meeting funding allocations slightly changed from initial recommendations. $4.2 Million from the Small Business Ecosystem and $1 Million from the Corridor Pilot Program categories went to provide small businesses with more funding for COVID impact grants bringing it to a total of $17.0 million.
Part of the initiative to jumpstart ailing small businesses in San Antonio is Operation Facelift 2.0. Operation Facelift is a grant program leveraged to support façade improvement projects on commercial buildings located in target areas. The initiative is tasked with revitalizing and returning activity to commercial corridors through improvements such as fresh paint, new awnings, and restored architectural features.
The revamped initiative was important for the District 5 community and championed by Councilmember Castillo. That program funding level remained unchanged at the advocacy of the District 5 Councilmember. Regarding the initiative the District 5 Councilwoman mentioned that “Supporting small businesses remains a top priority for our constituents and small business owners throughout the district. We are excited to see that they will receive the support they need through these storefront grants. Operation Facelift 2.0 will go a long way toward encouraging local commerce and aid our small businesses toward recovery. District 5 is happy to see this funding category remain at $3 Million. Thank you to everyone involved in the process to move this forward.”
The proposal will head to full City Council and will include 5 recommended investment priorities ranging from:
- Access to Capital
- Capacity Building
- Small Business Ecosystem
- Geographic Placemaking