Athens COVID-19 Small Business Support and Recovery Grant Approved

Athens Business Owners,

Monday, June 22, 2020 the Athens City Council approved the Athens Economic Development Corporation
Athens COVID-19 Small Business Support and Recovery Grant. Small business grants are being offered to local Athens businesses in need of assistance because of the economic shut down executive order signed Thursday March 19, 2020 by Governor Abbott.
Businesses deemed non-essential by the order signed April 2, 2020 and then extended until April 30, 2020 are also included in the grant assistance program. Athens based businesses may apply for a grant not to exceed $15,000. The amount granted determined by needs demonstrated by employers to pay employees, utilities, rent/mortgage, or expenses directly related to Covid-19 mandates and protocols during the period of the government shutdown.
Businesses may be required to provide proof of payment for the following expenses during the shutdown:
  • Payroll and ongoing payroll and all associated expenses/taxes prior to March 19, 2020
  • Rent (or mortgage) payment
  • Gas and Electric Utility Bills and proof of payment
Additional criteria businesses must meet.
  • Fewer than 25 full-time equivalent employees (FTE).
  • Physical and publicly accessible location in the City of Athens.
  • Decline in revenue between March 15, 2020 and June 30, 2020 as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Considered in good standing with the City of Athens regarding licensing and finance, including being current on sales/use tax payments, and/or AEDC loan payments.
  • Engaged in activities that are legal under city and state law.
  • Meet program technical requirements including ability to provide financial records to support grant request.
  • Registered with the Texas Secretary of State’s Office or your DBA form filed with Henderson County if a sole proprietor.
Ineligible Businesses: 
(1) Home-based businesses
(2) Non-profit organizations.
(3) Businesses that received PPP or SBA loans.
(4) National Franchises
How Eligible Businesses can apply:
  • Visit in Person: Athens Economic Development Corp,
201 W. Corsicana Street, Athens, TX 75751
  • Call: Athens Economic Development Corp. 903-675-4617
  • Email: jahlers@athenstx.gov or vfranklin@athenstx.gov
1st Round Applications are due by July 1, 2020 at 5:00 pm
2nd Round of Applications will be due July 15, 2020 at 5:00 pm.
A committee will determine the qualifying applications and award amounts.
Funding for this grant is limited, and the Covid19 Small Business Grant program is subject to closure once budgeted funds are expended. Funds may have restrictions applied to them (i.e. taxes may not be paid out of these grant funds).
Athens Chamber is here to help you and your business for additional assistance email Marisa.Gunstanson@athenscc.org