Phase IV

PURPOSE:

The Rowlett Ready program of the Rowlett Community Organizations Active in Disaster (RCOAD) recognizes that small businesses are suffering from financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The RCOAD Board of Directors, and the Rowlett City Council feel strongly that the Rowlett business community needs our support during this extraordinary health crisis. The Rowlett Business Stimulus (ROBUST) grant was developed to provide short-term, immediate financial aid to small businesses who have sustained economic losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is not intended to be the sole source to sustain a business during this health crisis. Businesses are encouraged to seek out additional sources of stop-gap funding in addition to this grant.

A first round of funding, with a maximum award total of $10,000, was initiated in April 2020. A second round funded remaining eligible applicants from the first round. A third round provided a maximum award total of $25,000 per business for economic losses sustained as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This fourth round, using the remainder of the funds already allocated by the City of Rowlett will provide a maximum of $20,000 in two categories:
1. Recovery
2. PPE/Supplies Reimbursement

CRITERIA:

This program is open to all non-home based; small businesses located within the City of Rowlett who meet the following criteria:

1. Must have 100 or fewer FTE (Full Time Equivalent) employees and have a 2019 annual gross income of less than $10 million.
2. Must have a physical and publicly accessible location within the City of Rowlett in a commercial building or business district with a valid Certificate of Occupancy and must have been in continuous operation for a period of at least one year prior to the application date.
3. Must be in good standing with the City of Rowlett with respect to taxes, fees, utility payments, and other financial obligations to the City. Must not be delinquent in the payment of federal, Dallas County, Rockwall County, or other local taxes.
4. Must certify that their business has been negatively impacted by the effects of COVID-19.
5. Must be a locally owned, independent business responsible for all revenues and expenses.
6. Must have experienced a loss of at least 25% in income since March 1, 2020 due to COVID-19.
7. Must not have a conflict of interest (no award may be made to any business entity or person whereby grant consideration may be a violation of Chapter 171, Texas Local Government Code).
8. Must not have received more than $50,000 in PPP, EIDL, CRF, or other federal assistance.

EXCLUSIONS:

  1. Home-based businesses, non-profit entities, businesses whose primary income is derived from rental/income-producing properties, and businesses that operate as an age-restricted business.
    2.  Employees and their immediate family members of Dallas County, Rockwall County, or the City of Rowlett.
    3.  Elected officials and their immediate family members of Dallas County, Rockwall County, or the City of Rowlett.
    4.  Persons/entities who are a party to a lawsuit against Dallas County, Rockwall County, or the City of Rowlett.
    5.  Persons/entities who have been a party to a contract with the Dallas County, Rockwall County, or the City of Rowlett that has been terminated in the past 13 months because of insufficient performance.

NOTE:

Participation in other government-funded assistance programs is not an automatic disqualification for participation in the ROBUST grant program. However, funds received through other government-funded assistance programs, including government-funded programs managed by third-party intermediaries, cannot be used for the same costs for which ROBUST grant assistance is received.

PRIVACY INFORMATION:

Information provided in this application may be considered public records and may be subject to public disclosure through the Texas Public Information Act.  The RCOAD will endeavor to retain all submitted information on a confidential basis to the extent allowed by law.  If submitted information is considered by the applicant to be confidential or protected as a trade secret, the information must clearly be marked as such.

DESCRIPTION:

 

RECOVERY ASSISTANCE GRANT:

 Applicants may apply for up to $10,000 in funding. Applicants must identify amount requested and certify that they have been negatively impacted by that amount due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

REIMBURSABLE PURCHASES GRANT:

Applicants may be eligible for up to $10,000 for expenses related to the purchase of equipment and/or supplies that were procured after March 11, 2020 such as the items and services listed below.

*    Personal protective equipment (PPE), professional cleaning and disinfection services purchased as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and to comply with the State of Texas, Dallas County, City of Rowlett and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reopening guidelines.

*    Personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks, face shields, gloves, hand sanitizer, sneeze guards, washable and disposable restaurant menus, table dividers, and disinfectant products, etc.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applicants may apply online at http://www.RowlettReady.com/ROBUST.  Applications will only be accepted during a 14-day application period.  Applications will be reviewed to confirm eligibility.  Eligible fourth-round applicants will be awarded through a randomized selection process. Grants will be awarded until approved funding is exhausted or the grant program is ended, whichever occurs first. Continued funding of this grant program is not guaranteed.  The open period begins on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. and closes on March 24, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

SUSTAINABILITY

Applicant agrees that if awarded, the business will stay in operation for a minimum period of 3 months following the award of the ROBUST grant.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION:

Receipts for reimbursable purchases such as:

* Personal protective equipment (PPE), professional cleaning and disinfection services purchased as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and to comply with the State of Texas, Dallas County, City of Rowlett and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reopening guidelines.

* Personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks, face shields, gloves, hand sanitizer, sneeze guards, washable and disposable restaurant menus, table dividers, and disinfectant products, etc.

Additional information, documentation, or clarification may be requested.

PROGRAM LIMITATIONS:

The Rowlett Business Stimulus Grant program is not intended to and shall not be construed to confer any right, interest or entitlement to any person or business entity, and any or all grants under this program may be suspended, revoked or cancelled at any time.  Applications for grants will be uniformly considered based on compliance with eligibility criteria and on a first-come-first-served basis only; awards will not be given nor considered on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, religion, sex, or any legally protected classification.  Due to limited funding, no person or business entity will be allowed overlapping awards or more than one award, nor more than the maximum allowable grant.  RCOAD reserves the right to decline any application for any non-discriminatory reason or to approve and provide grants of less than the maximum amount.  Following an award, if any one or more of the Criteria is not met or it is discovered that an application contains materially false or misleading information, then as a condition of an award and of this program, the applicant shall immediately refund all grant payments previously made and all costs incurred by the City and/or RCOAD, including reasonable attorney’s fees.

By submitting an application or by accepting an award, it is an express condition that the applicant and recipient indemnify, defend, release and hold harmless the City, Dallas County, RCOAD (Rowlett Ready), Rowlett Chamber Foundation, Rowlett Chamber and its members, officials, employees and representatives from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses and expenses (including reasonable attorney’s fees) directly or indirectly arising from or in connection with any act, omission or conduct of the City and/or RCOAD.

OPEN PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED FOR PHASE IV