COVID-19: Fort Bend Resources and Updates
Please see the county’s website,
Fort Bend COVID-19, for up-to-date status reports.
County & Area Cities Grant & Assistance Programs
Fort Bend County Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program – UPDATED 6/24/20
The Fort Bend County Small Business Emergency Assistance Program, funded by the CARES ACT, has recently been expanded to now include businesses who have received assistance from other programs such as the Paycheck Protection Program as well as those businesses with at least $25,000 and no more than $5,000,000 in annual revenue and with 1 to 50 full time equivalent (FTE) employees. Grants up to $25,000 may be awarded to qualified businesses. The program, which was funded by the CARES ACT, was recently expanded to total $38 million in available grant money.
City of Fulshear Small Business Grant Program
The City of Fulshear has expanded its small business grant program for qualifying Fulshear businesses to directly support the city’s businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19. Grants are available for eligible applicants from $500 to $5,000 per business. This program is being administered by the City and funded through the City’s two Economic Development Sales Tax Corporations. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received, with grants being awarded to eligible applicants until the funds for the program ($161,250) have been exhausted, or August 14, 2020, at 5 p.m. CST, whichever comes first.
City of Rosenberg Resiliency Grant Program
The City of Rosenberg approved a grant program for qualifying businesses within the city limits of Rosenberg. The program provides a one-time grant for Rosenberg businesses with no less than 1 and no more than 25 employees with a maximum grant amount of up to $6,000. Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received and awarded until funds have been exhausted or July 15, 2020, whichever comes first. The maximum payment shall be the lesser of $6,000 or the actual rent or mortgage payment for three months.
City of Sugar Land #AllInForSLTX Program
We’re #AllInForSLTX! #AllInForSLTX is a campaign started by the City of Sugar Land Office of Economic Development to stimulate the local economy and encourage shoppers to re-engage with local businesses as the City continues to safely reopen. A main component of the #AllInForSLTX campaign is the “Sweet Cash” program which helps to support local businesses.
To participate in the Sweet Cash program, individuals buy a $40 to $200 gift card from ANY business located in Sugar Land; then submit proof of purchase through the consumer portal. Upon verification of submission, individuals will get a gift card valued at approximately 50% value of the original gift card for a Sweet Cash participating business, and will then have an opportunity to give another 50% valued gift card to a frontline worker.
Gift cards are limited, so interested individuals are encouraged to submit their proof of purchase as soon as possible. Participants of the Sweet Cash program are encouraged to use the #AllInForSLTX hashtag when posting on social media. Visit the online resources for more information- how it works for participating businesses, how it works for consumers, Sweet Cash FAQs and Sweet Cash Rules and Participation Guidelines.
Press Releases & Executive Orders
- 7/2/2020- Gov. Abbott issues Executive Order No. GA-29 relating to the use of face coverings during the COVID- 19. See Order
- 7/2/2020- Gov. Abbott issues a Proclamation amending Executive Order GA 28 related to gatherings of ten more more. See Proclamation
- 6/26/2020- Gov. Abbott issues Executive Order GA28 relating to the targeted response to the COVID-19 disaster as part of the reopening of Texas. See Order
- 6/24/2020- Judge George Orders use of facial protection in Fort Bend County. See Order
- 5/18/2020- Gov. Abbott releases additional guidance to open more businesses. See Updated Guidelines
- 5/5/2020- Gov. Abbott releases additional guidelines to open more businesses. See Updated Guidelines
- 4/27/2020- Gov. Abbott releases guidelines to reopen Texas economy May 1. See Open Texas Report.
- 4/27/20202- Gov. Abbott lifts travel restrictions- Executive Order No. GA 20
- 4/22/2020: Sen. John Cornyn’s Press Release- Cornyn Supports Senate Replenishing Small Business Loan Funding
- 4/17/2020: The Governor’s Office Issues Executive Order- Governor Establishes Establishing Strike Force To Open Texas.
- 4/2/2020- Fort Bend County Judge- New Stay Home to Save Lives Order,
- Extended through 11.59 p.m., April 30, 2020, unless the local disaster for public health emergency is no longer in effect.
- Please call (281) 633-7795 if you have any questions. To view other orders and releases, please visit the county’s webpage
- Letter From County Judge KP George- Letter To The Business Community
Businesses may begin to file Friday, April 3, 2020 for Paycheck Protection Program loans/grants. Please see a simplified summary of loan programs, PPP loan application, and SBA approved list of banks.
- John Cornyn Addresses The Fort Bend Business Community 4/23/2020
- SBA Paycheck Protection Plan Forgiveness Application- 5/18/2020
- SBA Fact Sheet On PPP Process- 4/23/2020
- Paycheck Protection Program Report- April 16, 2020
- Simplified Summary
- Employee Retention Tax Credit- Employee Retention Tax Credit Guide
- EIDL Loans- Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
- PPP- Paycheck Protection Program- applications accepted beginning Friday, April 3, 2020- loan may be fully forgiven
- US Chamber: CARES Act: What Small Businesses Need To Know
Business & Other Resources
- How Exactly Do You Catch COVID-19: A Growing Consensus
- How Germany Kept Its Factories Open After COVID-19
- FBEDC- Letter to Sen. Ted Cruz 5/1/2020
- FBEDC- Letter to Sen. John Cornyn 5/1/2020
- FBEDC- Letter To Rep. Pete Olson 5/1/2020
- Fort Bend Small Business Development Center
- America’s Small Business Development Center
- Small Business Association
- SBA Press Release 3/31/2020- SBA Mobilizations & Distribution of Emergency Funds
- Small Business Emergency Loan Guide- Treasury Guidance- Loan Ap
- Treasury Guidance
- 3-Step Process For Disaster Loans
- SBA Express Bridge Loans
- Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- SBA Products and Resources
- Government Contracting
- Local Assistance
- Facebook & Carnegie Mellon University Symptom Map
- Office of the Governor
- Governor’s COVID-19 Update Page
- Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar
- Workforce Solutions
- US Department of Treasure- Assistance For Small Business
- Greater Houston Partnership: Business Recovery Center
- S&P Global Report: Coronavirus Economic & Credit Market Implications
- BizJournals: Federal Resources
- US Chamber: Coronavirus best practices for small businesses
- InnovationMap: Resources for small business and startups during COVID-19
- Facebook: Grant Program For Small Businesses
- US Chamber: Resources To Assist Small Business
All these sources have social media which are updated in real time. Please reach out via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn for timely updates.
How can Fort Bend residents help each other?
- Stay informed and practice all safety precautions
- Access reliable sources for updates such as Fort Bend Health & Human Services
- Order online and visit your local retailers and restaurants
- Purchase gift cards at stores and restaurants online if you do not feel comfortable visiting under the new Open Texas guidelines
- Practice social distancing and support your neighbors with a phone call, video chat, or across the street conversation
- Continue to utilize personal protective equipment such as face masks and gloves as you determine necessary
- Follow us, your local school district, the Fort Bend SBDC, the county’s emergency response team, and your local cities on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter for updates
Fort Bend County Residents: Fort Bend County Health & Human Services (281) 633-7795
- Monday-Friday: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
- Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm