Texas Small Business Rebuild Initiative

LiftFund’s Hurricane Relief Support Programs for Small Business Owners

Small businesses are an engine for economic prosperity, and the backbone of the U.S. economy. When natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey strike, micro businesses are critical to rebuilding communities— but they often need support to get back on their feet.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), more than 40% of businesses will never reopen after a disaster and, from those that do, only 29% will still be in operation after two years. LiftFund has historically helped small businesses and communities after natural disasters—Hurricanes Katrina (2005), Ike (2008), Sandy (2012) – and now we are ready to help the Texas Gulf coast and Florida rebuild after the devastation of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Texas Small Business Rebuild Initiative

LiftFund, with the support of local and national partners, created a relief fund to support small business owners in the recovery process. Full Press Release.

LiftFund is proud to have provided $7.2 million in capital to hundreds of small businesses in the gulf coast region. The businesses served through this loan program are diverse: 71% were under 10 years in business; 47% women-owned; 72% entrepreneurs of color and combined created over 450 full-time jobs.


Funding and Financing Partners

Our small business relief efforts are made possible with the generous support of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses; Rebuild Texas, a collaborative project of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and the Office of the Texas Governor’s OneStar Foundation; JPMorgan Chase; Groupon; and other generous donors to help lift those small businesses and communities affected. LiftFund and our partners stand strong with the small businesses and our special assistance programs aim to help them get back on their feet. If you are interested in contributing to our Hurricane Relief Fund, please Donate Today!


To learn more about the stats and impact of Hurricane Harvey, click here.

To learn more about our clients and keep up with the rebuilding process in their communities, please visit our blog post: Communities Rebuild after Harvey.