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City creates program to aid local small businesses

By Debbie Eller, Director of Community Development

While the COVID-19 outbreak has arrived with a high human cost, it’s increasingly evident that the economic impacts could be substantial as well. In response, the City of College Station has created an Economic Assistance Grant Program for our small businesses with low-to-moderate income employees.

The city council unanimously approved the program’s guidelines as part of a special Monday afternoon teleconference meeting.

Funded with almost $300,000 in CDBG Economic Development Funds, the program could help prevent job losses for employees with families in the low-to-moderate household income range, such as a family of four that earns under $54,800 a year. In the long term, the program could also contribute to job creation or enable businesses to reach their pre-disaster employment numbers.

Grants of up to $40,000 will be available, based on the number of employees. Businesses need to provide information regarding their business before and after implementation of the COVID-19 declarations, including financial documents, employee information, and their willingness to comply with local, state, and federal requirements. 

To apply, click the link below, register as a vendor, and download the required documents. After you log-in, click on Current Bids and the Eco Assistance Grant link, where you can upload the documents.

New applications are reviewed and funds awarded each week, and each entity may receive only one grant. We expect the requests to outpace the available funds.

Funds will be disbursed in four installments, with the first distributed after the agreement is executed. Subsequent payments will be made following the submission of payroll documentation showing that the funding has helped retained job funding. 

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About the Blogger

Community Services Coordinator Debbie Eller is in her 21st year with the City of College Station. She has led the Community Services Department since 2010. A native of Fort Worth, Debbie earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Texas A&M in 1984.



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City, local groups join forces to help residents in need


By David Brower, Community Development Analyst

When the City of College Station’s Community Services Department is unable to help a citizen in distress, we reach out to other community partners to see if they can help.

Two recent examples show how these partnerships are paying huge dividends in our community.

Recently, an unstable tree was threatening to fall on a home. The owner didn’t have the money to get the tree removed, so the city contacted a local church with a disaster relief ministry. Members of the congregation who had been trained to take down trees removed the dangerous timber at no cost, averting a potential catastrophe.

Another vivid example is a senior woman who lives in a 50-year-old house. Although she’s been diligent in maintaining her home, major systems are failing and need to be replaced. She can’t handle the large expenses on her fixed income, so she contacted the Community Services Department for help.

She qualified for assistance through our Housing Minor Repair Program, and we helped her replace her malfunctioning – and dangerous – electrical breaker box. We also took care of a drainage problem in her backyard.

Then, with temperatures dropping below freezing, her heater suddenly went out, too.

We reached out to an organization called Rebuilding Together Bryan/College Station, which is part of the national Rebuilding Together organization. Founded by Steve Godby, the local chapter serves low-income homeowners who are over the age of 62 or are a veteran or the spouse of a veteran. Families with children under 18 may also qualify.

Rebuilding Together BCS uses a network of business, faith groups, and other nonprofits to supply funds and volunteers for their projects. They immediately provided a space heater and within days raised funds to replace her furnace.

These are just two of many success stories that illustrate how the city takes advantage of our resources through collaborative partnerships to make our community a better place.

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David BrowerAbout the Author

David Brower has been a community development analyst for the City of College Station since 2008. He is a 2008 graduate of Texas A&M.



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Community programs help all ages expand horizons

By Dana Albrecht, Southwood Community Center Recreation Supervisor

6261317927_b8b671c4cf_bEvery day offers us a fresh opportunity to discover and learn.

That’s the appeal of a new series of Community Programs for all ages offered this spring by College Station Parks & Recreation Department. We’ve created a full range of creative and educational activities for the young — and the young at heart.

Preschool adventures

The building blocks of learning begin by experiencing the world first hand. Our Preschool Science Adventure Series introduces young children ages 3-5 (with parents) to the marvels of the world of science.