Texas food and beverage businesses including restaurants, bars, food trucks and caterers can apply to receive financial assistance through the new COVID-19 recovery fund.
The Texas Travel Industry Recovery Grant Program, administered by the Texas Office of Economic Development, will provide grants of up to $20,000 each to help local food industry businesses as well as tourism, hospitality and travel businesses recover from the financial damage of the pandemic.
Applications for the program and its $180 million in funding open November 1 at 9 a.m. for food and bar businesses. Eligibility for the grant is not affected if the business previously received assistance through the Paycheck Protection Program or a similar financial recovery grant program.
Emily Williams Knight, president and CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association, which advocated for the grant program before the Texas Legislature last year, said the program is the first of its kind in Texas.
“While the money will likely fall short of the need, it shows that the state of Texas understands the critical role that the food service industry plays and how it is being impacted by the pandemic,” he said in a prepared statement.
Priority will be given to businesses that show the greatest negative financial impact, businesses that have received no or minimal federal COVID-19 assistance, veteran-owned businesses and small businesses.
For restaurants and multiple locations, grants are available for each qualifying business with a unique Texas taxpayer identification number.
The portal for application submission can be found here.