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October 28, 2022

WHILE LEADING A COALITION OF HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM PARTNERS IN SUCCESSFUL GRANT FUNDING, CREATING ONE OF THE ONLY PANDEMIC RECOVERY PROGRAMS IN TEXAS

, /PRNewswire/ — On November 1, 2022, Texas businesses with a 722 code – including restaurants, bars, caterers, and food trucks – can submit their applications online for the Texas Travel Industry Recovery (TTIR) Grant Program, which will provide grants of up to $20,000 to help local businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) led a coalition representing all aspects of the hospitality and tourism industry to successfully advocate for the creation of this program when the Texas Legislature convened late last year. As the largest segment of the hospitality and tourism industry, restaurants and other food and beverage venues received the largest subset of the program’s total $180 million allocation, and that subset will be available on November 1.

Eligibility to apply for the TTIR Program is based on several factors, but importantly, businesses that received assistance from the Paycheck Protection Program or similar recovery programs are not disqualified. And for restaurants with multiple locations, grants are available for each eligible business with a unique Texas Taxpayer ID.

The TTIR Program is administered by the Texas Office of Economic Development in the Office of the Governor. There are a number of resources available to help businesses apply for the program including an FAQ page, a webinar on the program, and a video explaining the online application portal. The TRA encourages any potentially eligible business to review these resources before the application portal opens on November 1.

“Restaurants and other food service businesses faced unprecedented challenges as a result of government shutdown orders and the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Emily Williams Knight, Ed.D., President & Chief Executive Officer of the TRA. “We are so proud of the TTIR Program because it is truly the first of its kind in Texas, and while the funds will likely fall short of the need, it shows that the State of Texas understands the critical role which the food service industry plays and the Many restaurants are still struggling over two years after the pandemic started, so it’s vital that we get the word out about these grants For many restaurants, this grant program will go a long way toward helping them get back on their feet so they can continue to employ and serve their neighbors for years to come.”

The Texas Restaurant Association thanks its coalition partners who helped promote the TTIR Program: Texas Travel Alliance, Texas Distilled Spirits Association, Theater Owners of Mid-America, Texas Hotel & Lodging Association, Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association, Texas Campgrounds, Texas Craft Brewers Guild, NFIB Texas, and Live Events Coalition Texas. We also thank the Texas Legislature and the Governor’s Office for their support in creating, funding and implementing this important program.

SOURCE Texas Restaurant Association