DCEDC Temporary COVID-19 Business Retention Assistance Program

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The Duncanville Community and Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) has established a Temporary COVID-19 Business Retention Assistance Program to aid small businesses that are being negatively impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. The DCEDC has approved $250,000 for grants. The assistance is provided as reimbursement grants from $1,000 to $10,000 each.

To be considered for a grant, business owners must meet the general participation program requirements. The DCEDC will evaluate each grant on an individual basis while considering the economic impact of the grant. The number of grants awarded are limited to available funding. The DCEDC will accept applications for a three-week period initially, but could extend the time period based on response and available funding.

Applying for a grant does not guarantee award of funding.  Applying for other grants does not disqualify you from applying for this assistance. All applicants will be notified by email on the status of their grant application by June 17, 2020. The City Council will make the final approval on all grants awarded.

Applications Accepted: May 12- June 1, 2020

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Grant Amounts:

  • Grant amounts will range from $1,000 to $10,000.
  • Businesses can apply for only one grant. However, funds can be used for multiple purposes.
  • The number of grants awarded are limited to available funding.

Eligible Business Expenses:

Grants must be used to cover operating costs of the applicant’s business including, but not limited to, rent, leases or loan payments on buildings or equipment, business inventory, utilities, and payroll. Other needs will be considered on an individual basis.

General Participation Requirements:

  1. Applicants must have been in business for at least 120 days prior to the March 13, 2020 Duncanville Mayor’s Shelter in Place Declaration. (November 14, 2019)
  2. Applicants must be currently operating their business as to the level possible with the declaration and plan to reopen to normal operations once the declaration is lifted.
  3. Applicants must have 20 or fewer employees.
  4. Applicant’s business must be legally operating in the City of Duncanville. Grants will be considered for all legally operating types of businesses that meet the requirements.
  5. All grant applicants must fill out an initial application. If awarded a grant, the recipient will be required to enter into an agreement to participate in the program. The application information is confidential and will be used to calculate the economic impact of each grant. The required agreement is to ensure funds are used according to program requirements.
  6. Applicants will be required to provide copies of paid operating expense receipts dated after March 13, 2020, to receive grant funds awarded.
  7. All funds must be used within six months of receiving the grant. If the funds are not used within this time period, the applicant may provide an extension request for the DCEDC Board to consider.

Submitting Applications

Submitting Applications in person: Duncanville City Hall
in the blue Utility Payment Night Dropbox located in the parking lot
Attn: Economic Development

or by mailing the application to:

City of Duncanville
Attn: Economic Development
PO Box 380280
Duncanville, TX 75138-0280

For questions, please call 972.780.5090

Q & A

What is the eligible time period for expenses to be included in this grant?

Expenses had to occur between March 14, 2020 – September 14, 2020 to be considered for reimbursement. However, all receipts must be submitted by September 14, 2020 in order to qualify for funding. Unless an extension has been requested by the business and approved by the DCEDC.

What are eligible expenses for the grant?

Grants must be used to cover operating costs of the applicant’s business including, but not limited to, rent, leases or loan payments on buildings or equipment, business inventory, utilities, and payroll. Other needs will be considered on an individual basis.

Are payroll and benefits covered by the grant?

If payroll and benefits are a normal operating expense to the business, then yes. If not, then no.

Can a business estimate their upcoming expenses?

Yes, a business can estimate their upcoming expenses. However, the business will only receive funds based on the awarded amount and the number of paid invoices submitted for reimbursement.

Does a business have to provide copies of paid invoices to receive the grant money?

This is a reimbursement grant. Once a grant is awarded, the business will be required to submit paid invoices for the grant funds to be reimbursed.

Should a homeowner leasing an office space within their home (according to IRS guidelines for small business home office use & deductions) select the own or lease option on the application?

This would mean that the business owner is leasing a space as specified to the IRS. Therefore, you would select the appropriate answer based on your IRS filing.

Does the application question, “Annual city utilities including water and sewer?” only include City of Duncanville utilities.

Yes. The application question only includes City of Duncanville utilities. However, when a business is determining the total amount of grant funds to request, they can include expenses of all utilities, i.e., electric, phone, Internet, etc.

Application for Business Grants

Applicant's Name *

Applicant's Email *

Applicant's Phone *

Business Name *

Business Physical Location *

Grant Amount Requested? *

How will the funds be used? *
PayrollRent/Lease/MortgageMerchandise/ProductsUtilitiesAdvertisingInsuranceTelephone/InternetOther

If other, please describe.

When did your business open in Duncanville? *

Do you have multiple locations? *
YESNO

If yes, where?

Is your business current on all taxes? *
YESNO

If not, what taxes are you behind on?

Does your business have any outstanding code violations? *
YESNO

Do you own or lease your building? *
OWNLEASE

If you own it, what is your property value?

Annual taxable sales? * If you have not been in business a full year, please list the total taxable sales your business has had since it has been open.

Annual Payroll? * If you have not been in business a full year, please list the total payroll your business has had since it has been open.

Number of Full-Time Employees, or number of FTE desired to be retained by the business? *

Number of Part-Time Employees, or number of PTE desired to be retained by the business?

Annual city utilities including water and sewer? *

Have you applied for other assistance grants or loans to help during this time? *
YESNO

If yes, which ones?

Please write a short business narrative. *(Limit 250 words)

Today's Date *

Acknowledgment *