City of San Antonio Hospitality Grants

The City of San Antonio and the Houston Street TIRZ are supporting $14.25 million to fund small business grants for the Hospitality Industry, with an emphasis on food & beverage small businesses. The City of San Antonio Hospitality Grant application period is open from Monday March 15th at 10 a.m. central time to Monday April 5th at 11:00 p.m. central time. City Council approved the funding in February 2021 with a launch date of March 15, 2021 and awards issued during June 2021. Below is information about the program and application process. All completed applications will be reviewed for eligibility and prioritize based on City of San Antonio priority areas.

The qualifications for the grant program:

  • Hospitality Industry businesses to include: Restaurant & Catering; Lodging; Travel and Transportation; and Entertainment and Recreation. See NAICS Code list here.  
  • Grant applicant must be authorized representative of business;
  • Annual gross business revenue less than $8 million;  
  • Businesses must be located within San Antonio City limits and willing to remain within boundaries for at least one calendar year from the date of grant award and not in the process of filing for bankruptcy; 
  • Businesses must demonstrate a comparative loss of at least 25% of revenue for the period beginning March 1, 2020 in one quarter due to negative impact related to the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Business must have been established prior to February 1, 2020;
  • Businesses that received a grant through City Grant Program or Bexar County LiftFund Program are eligible for grant consideration. However, previous awarded grants funded with CARES Funds will be accounted for as part of the application scoring. 
  • Commitment to the Greater. Safer. Together. Pledge.

The following type of businesses are not eligible for consideration: state or national franchises; sexually-oriented businesses; and businesses in which a City employee or officer has a financial interest, as defined in Sec. 2-53 of the City’s Ethics Code.

Grant award limitations include:

  • Limited to one per each physical address within the City of San Antonio
  • Only one grant may be awarded per business with more than one location
  • Grant applicants are only eligible to receive one grant award

Grants will be available in the following amounts:

  • Self Employed businesses up to $10,000
  • Microbusinesses with 1-10 employees up to $20,000
  • Small businesses with 11-20 employees up to $50,000
  • Small businesses with 21+ employees up to $75,000

Grant prioritization of businesses is as follows:

  • 6% of funds are designated to Transportation/Travel 
  • 10% of funds are designated to Entertainment
  • 12% of funds are designated to Lodging
  • 72% of funds are designated to Food and Beverage

The Recovery Grant Program is not a first come, first serve basis

The City’s priorities include examination of a business based on the following:

  • Business location and combined score on City’s Equity Atlas up to 20 points; 
  • Race, ethnicity, gender and veteran status of the business owner up to 30 points; 
  • Access to other COVID-19 funding up to 20 points.

Created by the Office of Equity, the Equity Atlas highlights the demographics and disparities within the city. You can learn more about the tool here:

Business Documents Required:

The grant application will require verification of pertinent documentation. Any applicants that are unable to provide the required documents may continue to submit a grant application for review. 

The documentation required for grant application submittal includes:

  • Business entity formation document (document from Bexar County or Secretary of State with date of formation) prior to February 2020. Other documentation to prove entity formation may be acceptable;
    • Proven 25% quarterly loss: Three Months (Quarter) Business Bank Statements/Company Financials in 2019 & 2020;
    • Proven 25% annual loss:  Tax returns from 2019 and 2020;
    • Proven 25% loss in 2020: 1st Quarter 2020 with other 2020 Quarter; 
  • 2019 Tax returns validating business revenue;
  • Payroll Documentation with employee listing/count and IRS 941 for 4th quarter 2020;
  • Valid Personal Identification
  • Proof of Business location inside City of San Antonio;  
  • Proof of business owner race, ethnicity and gender; 
  • Military DD214 or honorable discharge documentation (if applicable for ownership)

Program Timeline:

  • Accepting applications Monday, March 15th through Monday, April 5th
  • All grantees awarded by Monday, June 7th


Speak with a representative during our Open Office Hours.

City of San Antonio Hospitality Grants Info Sessions:


Please check your tax return and see if your NAICS, or “business activity code”, is included in the list of eligible NAICS codes. 
See NAICS Code list here

Yes, the business must be within the City limits to be eligible. This tool can help you determine if your business is location within San Antonio City Limits:

Please select one of the following options to calculate 25% business gross revenue loss due to COVID 19 Pandemic:

  • Proven 25% quarterly loss: Three Months (Quarter) Business Bank Statements/Company Financials in 2019 & 2020;
  • Proven 25% annual loss:  Tax returns from 2019 and 2020;
  • Proven 25% loss in 2020: 1st Quarter 2020 with other 2020 Quarter; 

Yes, we will calculate the number of full time equivalent (FTE) employees, including 1099 workers.

Based on gross revenue on your 2019 tax return. 

No, you can only apply for one business for this program.

The annual revenue amount will only be reviewed for the location listed on the application and not the total of all businesses owned by the applicant.

Yes, if it meets all other criteria.

Yes, STRs that can provide proof of a formed entity, proof of valid, active City permit and proof of current, paid hotel occupancy taxes are eligible to apply.

Yes, businesses are eligible to apply and the amount of previously received funding will be factored into calculation of grant score.

No, the business must have been registered with the county or state and operating on or before February 1, 2020.

No, City employees are not eligible for a grant award. 

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