Horizon City Small Business Economic Recovery Grant Program

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Program Overview

Horizon City and PeopleFund are proud to work together to implement the Horizon City Small Business Economic Recovery Grant Program. PeopleFund has been selected as the administrator of the program and will provide participants with free small business education and one-on-one business coaching. Applicants must apply for the program and, based on meeting all eligibility requirements, will be accepted into the education program. Upon completion of the education requirements, 45 participants will receive a $5,000 grant to further help their small businesses be successful.

Application Dates & Requirements

The application will open on February 22, 2023, and close on March 20, 2023. Only 45 grant awards are available, and the program will run as first come, first served.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis for eligibility. We will review all applications submitted; however, only the first 45 eligible completed applications will be eligible for the grant. All award statuses will be communicated by 3/24/2023. We encourage interested small businesses to apply for the grant early in the application window.

Submitted applications will not be considered unless complete. A completed application includes all required documentation to be uploaded; therefore, the application submission date will be based on the date ALL documents are submitted correctly and accurately. The system automatically provides a timestamp for each document uploaded. Please note that incorrect or incomplete documents will not be accepted, and the timestamp will be set for the date all correct and accurate documents are submitted.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Business must be located within Horizon City limits.
  • Both startup small businesses and existing small businesses are eligible.
  • Existing small businesses may not have more than 500 employees or $1 million in average annual receipts.
  • Applicant must meet one of the following:
    • Member of historically underserved population, such as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), women, low to moderate-income, veteran, etc.
    • Their small business was negatively impacted by the pandemic.
    • They were unable to start their small business due to the impact of the pandemic.
    • They are starting a business to meet a need caused by the pandemic.
  • Applicant must complete a program application.
  • Applicant must provide a signed IRS W-9 form and a business TIN, EIN, or SSN.
  • Applicant must verify that they are not involved in any litigation.
  • Applicant must verify that they are not debarred, suspended, terminated, or otherwise excluded from (or ineligible to) transact with a federal, state, or local government entity or agency.
  • Applicant must verify that as of January 2022, they were not delinquent on taxes.
  • Applicant must not be involved in any ineligible business activity: nonprofit, adult entertainment, gambling or gaming, real estate investment or passive real estate income, or anything deemed federally illegal; for instance, strip clubs, casinos, game rooms, etc.

Documents Request

  • Texas ID
  • Secretary of State business filing or Assumed Name Certificate (DBA from El Paso County)
  • 2020 Tax Return—all pages and schedules needed (business or personal)
  • 2021 Tax Return—all pages and schedules needed (business or personal)
  • Certificate of completion for education requirement
  • Breakdown of how grant funding will be used
  • Copy of all payroll statements and/or receipts for all purchases made with grant funds must be submitted within 90 days of the grant funding date. (Exceptions regarding the 90-day timeline may be made on a case-by-case basis.)
  • Additional documents as needed

Submit your interest below to learn more about the Horizon City Small Business Economic Recovery Grant Program.

  • If you are an existing small business, this should be your legal business name, as it will appear on your application.
    Only businesses that are located within Horizon City limits are eligible for this program.
  • Your primary email address. This is where notifications and communication about this program will be sent.