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Rio Grande City Offers Small Business COVID 19 Relief Grant 
 
To ensure the resiliency of Rio Grande City businesses, the City of Rio Grande City and the Rio Grande City EDC have established a grant program for small businesses affected by the COVID 19 pandemic. 
 
The Rio Grande City Small Business Relief Grant offers a one-time $1,000 grant for eligible for-profit small businesses. Funds are limited and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis based upon availability, program guidelines, and submission of complete documentation. 
 
Applications may be submitted using the commercial drop-box lane at City Hall during weekdays beginning Wednesday, August 12 beginning at 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Wednesday September 30, 2020.
 
Eligibility: 
  • For-profit business owned and operated in the corporate limits of Rio Grande City;
  • Maintain a physical and publicly accessible location in a commercial building within the corporate limits of  Rio Grande City;
  • Engaged in the sale of taxable goods and services;
  • May not exceed $250,000 in gross annual revenue;
  • In good standing and current with City of Rio Grande City required permits; utilities, sales and tax payments;
  • Maintain a minimum number of employees for effective business operations;
  • Engaged in activities that are legal under city and state law;
  • Must have been in continuous operation within the corporate city limits of Rio Grande City for a period of at least nine months prior to the application submission date. 
Documents Required: 
  • Signed Acknowledgment Form (Available for download here or pick up at drive through window at City Hall between 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday)
  • Certificate of occupancy provided by the City of Rio Grande City, or application or receipt for certificate by the Rio Grande City Planning Office;
  • Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts sales tax statement for either February 2020 or most recent filing;
  • 2018 or 2019 Income Tax Return that has been filed depending on the structure of the business (Form 1065 for Partnership, Form 1120 for an S-Corp, Form 1120 for a C-Corp, Form Schedule C for a Sole Proprietorship/Single Member LLC) disclosing $250,000 or less in gross annual revenue;
  • RGCCISD Tax Office 2019 ad valorem tax receipt for payment of 2019 City of Rio Grande City personal and/or business property taxes;
  • Texas Workforce Commission’s most recent quarterly filing (January 2020 for most covering the period October-December 2019) or Form 941 for 2019 Employee Federal Quarterly Tax Return and filing confirmation. IRS Form Schedule C will satisfy this requirement for sole proprietorship applicants.
  • Completed W-9 Form.
 
Applicants must submit the required documents in a sealed envelope with the business name and "Covid 19 Business Grant" written on the envelope using the drive-thru service window at Rio Grande City Hall between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning August 12, 2020 through September 30, 2020. 

RIO GRANDE CITY SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF GRANT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FORM