Applications for Preserve the Fort small business grants have now closed. Funds will be distributed by either direct deposit or a mailed check, depending on which option was indicated on your application. The goal is to have all funds distributed to businesses by the end of June. Staff will reach out if they have additional questions about your application.

If you are still in need of support, keep an eye on the City of Fort Worth’s Business Resources pages for additional funding opportunities, or consider applying for one of the city’s Business Resiliency Micro-Loans with PeopleFund.

In order to be eligible for a grant, businesses must:

  • Be located in the City of Fort Worth.
  • Have been in operation since Sep. 1, 2019.
  • Be registered to do business in the State of Texas.
  • Be able to demonstrate a reduction in sales/revenue or employment since March 17, due to COVID-19.

Grants are also open to self-employed individuals, independent contractors, sole proprietorships and nonprofits serving the business community.

Businesses that received funds from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) are still eligible for this grant, but priority will be given to those that have not received funding through these programs. Credit scores and existing debt are not taken into consideration before funds are awarded.

Have more questions? Contact the call center at 817-515-2603, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

  • Micro-enterprises with less than 5 employees are eligible for a grant of $5,000.
  • Level I businesses with 6-25 employees are eligible for a grant of $7,500.
  • Level II businesses with 26-50 employees are eligible for a grant of $10,000.
  • Level III businesses with 51-250 employees are eligible for a grant of $50,000.

* Funding levels are based on the number of employees as of March 17, 2020.

Grant funds can be used to reimburse the cost of business interruption due to COVID-19 as a result of required closures, voluntary closures to promote social distancing, or decreased customer demand.

  • Working capital.
  • Machinery and equipment.
  • Payroll expenses.
  • Health care benefits.
  • Contract labor.
  • Supplier payments.
  • Rent, lease, or mortgage payment for real property used for business purposes.
  • Rent, lease or purchase payment for business property.
  • Utility payments for business properties.
  • Cost of critical business operations.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), sanitation supplies and equipment.

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Have more questions? Contact the call center at 817-515-2603, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Business owners can complete the Preserve the Fort funding application more quickly by getting the following business documents in order:

  • A completed W-9 form.
  • Documentation of Going Concern and Business Verification. This will require one of the following documents: Secretary of State Texas File Number, Employee Identification Number, DBA, 2018 or 2019 tax return (schedules not required), Individual Taxpayer Identification Number or Certificate of Filing.
  • Proof of employment. This will require one of the following documents: W-3 form, 941 form, or other document showing payroll expenses, employer insurance expenses, or employer retirement expenses for the first quarter of 2020 (prior to the COVID-19 emergency declaration on March 17, 2020) as well as the most current version of this document.
  • Profit & Loss (P&L) statement for 2019, as well as a P&L statement as of March 2020 or later.
  • For sole proprietors, applicants are required to provide a 2018 or 2019 Schedule C.