COVID-19 recovery grants open for Texas food, beverage businesses

AUSTIN – On Nov. 1, Texas businesses with NAICS Code 722 — including restaurants, bars, caterers, and food trucks — can submit their applications online for the Texas Travel Industry Recovery Grant Program (TTIR), which will provide grants of up to $20,000 to help local businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a news release, the Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) led a coalition representing every facet of the hospitality and tourism industry to successfully advocate for the creation of this program when the Texas Legislature convened late last year. As the largest segment of the hospitality and tourism industry, restaurants and other food and drinking places received the largest subset of the program’s $180 million total allocation, and that subset becomes available on Nov. 1.

Local leadership and business owners attended the Texas Restaurant Association town hall in downtown Amarillo in September.

Eligibility to apply for the TTIR Program is based on several factors, but importantly, businesses that received assistance from the Paycheck Protection Program or similar recovery programs are not disqualified.

And for restaurants with multiple locations, grants are available for each qualifying business with a unique Texas Taxpayer ID.

The TTIR Program is being administered by the Texas Economic Development Office within the Office of the Governor. Several resources are available to help businesses apply for the program including an FAQs page, a webinar on the program, and a video explaining the online application portal. The TRA encourages any business that might be eligible to review these resources before the application portal opens on Nov. 1.


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