The Texas Land Office will distribute $100 million dollars to small businesses damaged by Hurricane Harvey

VICTORIA, Texas- The Texas Back in Business Program is designed to help small businesses that were affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Elizabeth Ventura, Market Outreach for Texas Back in Business Program said, “It’s an application that’s available to businesses that were affected by Hurricane Harvey. We have been authorized by the Texas Land Office to distribute a $100 million dollar fund. We are a grant, we are not a loan and we’re not affiliated with the SBA”.

The SBA stands for Small Business Administration which is not a part of the Texas Back in Business Program. This program is designed to grant money for small businesses damaged by Harvey. One of the requirements to become eligible for the grant is, you must have been in business on the day of the storm, which was August 25, 2017, and Venture explains a few other eligibility requirements.

“ You have to be defined as a small business, according to the SBA, you have to be located in the 49 counties and you may not be a private utility company,” said Ventura.

Geanie W. Morrison, the State Representative for District 30, said “I just want everyone to know that the General Land Office is taking the applications and everyone should apply because they have criteria. Then you will go into the pool and if you’re pulled out the pool they will work with you for the grant”.

The grant applications are currently being accepted. The last day to apply is March 2, 2020, and here’s more information on how to applying online.

“Texasbackinbusiness.com is our website. You can also call our phone number 1-844-77-FLOOD or you can email us at info@texasbackinbusiness.com,” said Ventura

“It was wonderful to have this in Victoria today so small businesses can look at this and apply, so please apply,” said Morrison.

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