District 5 Council Member Highlights Operation Facelift 2.0 for Small Business Support – The City of San Antonio
CONTACT: Amador Salazar
SAN ANTONIO (June 15, 2022) – During today’s meeting of the Economic and Workforce Development Committee, the committee offered to send the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars for small businesses to the full approval from City Council.
ARPA funds will be given in priority to small businesses in need of support, technical assistance and tools to support their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, while building their long-term resilience.
During the special meeting, the funding allocations changed slightly from the original recommendations. $4.2 million from the Small Business Ecosystem and $1 million from the Corridor Pilot Program categories went to provide small businesses with more funding for COVID Impact Grants, bringing the total to 17 .0 million.
Operation Facelift 2.0 is part of the initiative to revive struggling small businesses in San Antonio. Operation Facelift is a grant program used to support facade improvement projects on commercial buildings located in target areas. The initiative is responsible for revitalizing and restoring activity to commercial corridors through improvements such as fresh paint, new awnings and restored architectural features.
The revamped initiative was important to the District 5 community and championed by council member Castillo. This level of funding for the program remained unchanged at the request of the District 5 council member. Regarding the initiative, the District 5 councilor mentioned that “supporting small businesses remains a top priority for our constituents and small business owners. businesses throughout the district. We are delighted to see that they will receive the support they need through these showcase grants. Operation Facelift 2.0 will go a long way to encouraging local commerce and helping our small businesses recover. District 5 is pleased to see this funding category remain at $3 million. Thank you to everyone who participated in the process to get things done.
The proposal will be submitted to the full City Council and will include 5 recommended investment priorities ranging from:
- Access to capital
- Capacity Building
- Small Business Ecosystem
- Geographic placement