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Hurricane Harvey - Economic Revitalization Program

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TEXAS BACK IN BUSINESS OVERVIEW

Application intake for the Texas Back in Business (TBIB) program has concluded. The list of applicants was randomized, and applications are being processed in order. TBIB will continue contacting applicants to help each qualify under federal requirements until all available program funds are expended.

When your application is drawn for processing, you will receive another email asking you to login to your account and upload tax returns and other necessary documentation to prove eligibility. TBIB will ask that you log in to your account and provide the requested information no later than 7 days to avoid delays. If you have technical issues uploading documents, please call 1-844-773-5663 or email info@texasbackinbusiness.com.

Thank you for applying and we appreciate your patience as we help applicants meet federal eligibility requirements. You will be notified if your application is selected or if program funds have been fully expended.

Addition Information:

Have a Question?
Email: info@texasbackinbusiness.com
Phone: 1-844-773-5663
Texas RELAY for speech or hearing impaired: 7-1-1 

Application Status:
To log in to your application or to check the status, please visit: https://app.texasbackinbusiness.com/login

 


Grant Information

Grant awards will be made for eligible expenses including operating capital, inventory, equipment, supplies, and related expenses with a primary focus of grants that retain and create jobs, especially for low to moderate income (LMI) employees. The grants will ultimately promote local economic development in the local community by directly supporting local small businesses.

Grant awards can only be made after federal eligibility is verified and the underwriting processes are complete. TBIB will continue processing applications until all available funding is disbursed.

What is eligible? In accordance with HUD rules, funds may be used for certain working capital expenses, including payroll, purchasing equipment, financing inventory and similar business costs not associated with construction or expansion of existing facilities. 

What is not eligible? Renovations, repairs, or improvements to buildings, purchase of equipment that must be affixed to a building, acquisition of real property, reimbursement for inventory or equipment purchased prior to the award, any pre-hurricane working capital expenses, relieving bad debt, or idle capacity/facility cost recovery are all not eligible justifications for receiving a HUD-funded grant.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Your company was in business on August 25, 2017, and is still in business at the time of underwriting review.
  • You are a small business as defined by the Small Business Administration.
  • Your business sustained physical and/or economic damage as a direct result from Hurricane Harvey.
  • Your company is located in the 49 country Hurricane Harvey recovery area. Map is available online HERE

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Texas Back in Business?
Texas Back in Business is a private disaster relief company contracted by the Texas General Land Office (GLO) to administer a $100,000,000 Hurricane Harvey Relief Program for Texas Small Businesses directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Qualified small businesses in Texas damaged by Hurricane Harvey were encouraged to apply for grants ranging from $50,000 up to $250,000.

The funds were authorized by the U.S. Congress as part of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 and Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2017. This is a historic allocation of funds from Congress to help small businesses damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

Is this a bank loan?
The Hurricane Harvey Relief Program for Texas Small Business is not a bank loan. Texas Back in Business is authorized to award grants from $50,000 to $250,000 to qualified Texas small businesses.

Is this part of the SBA (Small Business Administration)?
The Hurricane Harvey Relief Program for Texas Small Business is administered by Texas Back in Business, an independent organization contracted by the Texas General Land Office. The Program and Texas Back in Business are not affiliated with the SBA. However, to qualify for funding, your business must be a small business as classified by the SBA. You can find more information on the classification here.

How does a small business qualify for consideration?

  • Your company was in business on August 25, 2017 and is still a viable business at the time of underwriting review.
  • Your business must be a small business as defined by the Small Business Administration.
  • Your business suffered damages from Hurricane Harvey of at least $50,000 in economic impact.
  • Your business is not a privately-owned utility or non-profit.
  • Your business is located within the 49-county Hurricane Harvey recovery zone.

When is the cut off for applying?
Website application submissions concluded on March 3, 2020 at 12:01 am. All faxed and or emailed applications must have been received by March 3, 2020 at 12:01 am. All mailed in applications must been postmarked by March 3, 2020, 12:01 am.

When will grants be awarded?
Grant awards will be made as federal eligibility is verified following the completion of the application process and will continue until all funding is distributed. Texas Back in Business is working to expedite funding. Distribution of funds will begin as grant application processing is finished and continue until all authorized funds are distributed.

How is the amount of loss I qualify for determined?
If your application moves forward with the underwriting process, a Texas Back in Business representative will contact you to help determine your business’ economic impact, and the appropriate amount of funding you may receive in the form of a grant based primarily on the jobs to be retained or created.

Am I required to repay the grant?
So long as you honor your commitment to use the funds as approved in your grant award agreement, no repayment is required.

What can I use the grant for?
In accordance with HUD rules, the funds can be used for hiring and retaining employees, operating capital, machinery, equipment, supplies, inventory and other items directly related to your business. You MAY NOT use the award for renovations, repairs, or improvements to buildings, purchase of equipment that must be affixed to a building, acquisition of real property, reimbursement for inventory or equipment purchased prior to the award, any pre-hurricane working capital expenses, relieving bad debt, or idle capacity/facility cost recovery.

If I commit to hiring new employees, how much time do I have?
You have up to twelve months to hire new employees but should be able to begin the hiring process soon after the grant funds are received.

How will I know if my application is selected?
You will be contacted to begin the underwriting process by a Texas Back in Business representative if your application is randomly selected.

Is there an application fee or any cost to apply?
There is no fee to apply.

How do I check on the status of my application?
Point your web browser to https://app.texasbackinbusiness.com/ then Login and then click My Account. Your status will be shown under the large red type at the top of the page.

What do the Statuses on my "My Account" page mean?

  • Application Submitted - We have received your application. Now that the application intake period for the Texas Back in Business program has concluded and the list of applicants have been randomized, we are processing applications. Application processing will continue until available funds are expended. If you are selected for review, you will receive another email with further instructions, and a call from one of the Texas Back in Business representatives.
  • Underwriting Started - Your application was selected for Underwriting, and your application has been assigned to an Underwriter. You will be receiving a call shortly, if you have not already, and you should have received an email from us. If you do not see it, please check your spam as it has next step instructions in it that you will need to take action on within 7 days (strongly suggested).
  • Final Approval Pending - Your underwriting has been completed and is pending final approval. You will be hearing from us shortly.
  • In Appeal - Your application is in appeal, either with Texas Back in Business, or with the GLO. You will hear from us once a determination on your appeal has been made.
  • Awarded - Your application has been reviewed and approved for funding. You will receive an email with “next steps” and a call from us shortly.
  • Ineligible - Your application has either been reviewed and deemed ineligible, or we have exhausted all funding. If ineligible, you will receive a letter and a call from us.

How do I file a complaint?
Please click the link here to view the complaint procedure document.

How can I appeal if denied?
Please click the link here to view the appeal procedure document.


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