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Applicant Information

Eligibility & Requirements

Eligible Business Type

Eligible Business Types:

  • Restaurants and Bars
  • Retail (Apparel, Footwear, Home Furnishings, Electronics, Sporting Goods, Crafting, etc)
  • Office (Single or multi-Tenant Professional Offices)
  • Hotel
  • Specialty/ Gourmet Grocery

Applicants must apply before commencing improvement. Tenants must at a minimum sign a 3-year lease agreement. Property owners who will also operate an eligible business may apply for funding.  The HEDC retains the discretion to consider stores that fall outside the above-mentioned business types, but serve to fill a limited or underserved sector.

Non-Eligible Business Types:

  • Automotive Oriented Business
  • Personal Services (Nail or Beauty Salon, Massage)
  • Dollar or Thrift Stores

Eligible Projects

  • Hazardous materials abatement, such as asbestos removal 
  • Interior demolition and shell reconstruction 
  • Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 
  • Permanent equipment, plumbing, mechanical, electrical & HVAC 
  • Flooring 
  • Windows/doors/commercial storefront 
  • Permanent interior walls and finishes 
  • Architectural/interior design/permitting fees relate to the improvements 
  • Security or fire protection systems 
  • Exterior repair or improvements to façade 

Required Documents

The applicant must provide the following:

  • Completed Scope of Work
    • Narrative description of the project scope
    • Property address & landlord’s contact information
    • Estimate of anticipated cost
    • Photos of the current condition
  • Project Budget
    • Prepare an itemized budget and basic drawings that show the proposed scope of work. Most projects will require the services of an architect or similar design professional. 
  • • Additional Documents
    • Copy of lease or lease extension
    • Copy of Texas Sales Tax Permit or a Detailed Confidentiality Report from the State Comptroller’s Office, if applicable.

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