As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many employers were required to find creative ways to provide contactless services to their customers in order to sustain their business. To assist employers in converting and adapting to this environment, Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas (WSNCT) is launching the WSNCT Small Business Recovery Grant to support small businesses throughout WSNCT’s 14-county region* in their journey to a more efficient virtual environment. Specifically, grant funding may be used to support the following activities:
- Website development costs and contactless payments such as Quick Response (QR) Codes and Point of Sale (POS) systems
- Developing online webinars and videos to facilitate customer self-service
- Technology-supported communication channels for providing remote consultations
- Digital advertising, sales, e-commerce or any other tools to assist businesses with marketing
While all industries and small business will be eligible to apply for this grant program, WSNCT is focusing efforts to reach small businesses on which the pandemic has had the most impact – either because of the reduced revenue, increased cost due to sanitation requirements or the need for a refreshed business model. These industry segments include:
- Small Retailers and Restaurants
- Lower-Tier Supplier Manufacturers
- Arts, Educational Services, Entertainment, Recreation Businesses or Non-Profits
* WSNCT service area includes the following counties:
The deadline for applications is April 15, 2022, or until funds are depleted. Please note, applications will be processed on a first come, first serve basis. Applicants may request a minimum of $2,500.
Click here to submit an interest form
*The interest form is not an application or a commitment to apply. You will later be contacted with a link to the application.
Once the application is available, please be prepared to submit a 250-500 word business narrative describing your plan for the grant funds. You will be asked to identify the allowable activity/activities you are requesting funding for and describe the expected changes to your business operations to include activities, services and purchases, i.e. how the funding will help your business gain traction by getting and selling online, collecting electronic payments, facilitating customer self-service, implementing communication channels to provide remote consultations, creating/enhancing a website, marketing your goods or services, building a social media presence, or media presence, or managing your business; online reputation. You will be asked to include an outline of the accomplishments you expect, an implementation timeline, a total requested amount, and a brief budget narrative. Once the application is submitted you will not be able to make revisions.
This grant is available for businesses with 75 or fewer employees and whose operations reside within the following counties: Collin, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell and Wise.