San Antonio: District 5 Councilwoman Applauds Approval of American Rescue Plan Act Small Business Grants & Revival of Operation Facelift

CONTACT: Amador Salazar, 210.904.6248

SAN ANTONIO (June 24, 2022) — Yesterday, San Antonio City Council voted unanimously to approve $30.95 million in support for local small businesses. The funding is part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and based on feedback from the Small Business Advisory Commission and the Economic & Workforce Development Committee. ARPA funds will go towards the following initiatives: Access to Capital, Geographic Placemaking, Ecosystem Enhancements, Capacity Building, and Localism.

District 5 Councilwoman Teri Castillo, who sits on the Economic & Workforce Development Committee, advocated strongly to bring back Operation Facelift and streamline small business grants, provided the following statement:

"Through many community conversations with small business owners and employees, District 5 feels that the plan council approved today will help reverse the pandemic tide which has shuttered so many doors over the last few years.

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A top priority for District 5 businesses has been getting this grant funding into the hands of impacted businesses immediately. District 5 is proud of the work the Small Business Advisory Commission and the Economic & Workforce Development Committee accomplished together.

Furthermore, these grants provide additional financial support for businesses located along construction projects who have been negatively impacted by City-funded infrastructure projects. This will assist legacy businesses who have been affected by projects like the West Commerce improvements.

District 5 is most excited for the revival of Operation Facelift 2.0 - the storefront improvement grant program. Previously, this program assisted small business owners with building façade improvements which help attract more customers, make the building more aesthetically pleasing to the surrounding community, and help owners avoid costly fines from Code Enforcement.

Throughout the pandemic, small businesses made their voices heard, and the plan council put forth reflects their input and the robust planning process."

The application for the COVID Impact Grants Program will open on August 1st and close on August 22nd. Operation Facelift is part of phase 2, which is slated to begin implementation from December 2022 to December 2025.

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