We believe in Community Building through Economic Development.

Grant Portal for the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation:

  • You will need to create a free Submittable account in order to apply for any of our programs. 
  • You can save a draft of your work if you would like to finish filling out the form at a later date. 
  • We will follow-up with you about your submission by email. Please make sure the email address used to sign up for your Submittable Account is one that you check regularly. 
  • Please reach out to Submittable's Customer Support team with any technical questions at support@submittable.com
  • If you need to contact or visit our office, please schedule a meeting by calling (956)382-7500. Our office is located at 1304 E. Adams Street, Brownsville, Texas 78520. 

The Community Placemaking Grants are designed to fund quality of life projects that will help strengthen the connection between our citizens and the spaces that are at the heart of our community.  The purpose of the program is to support a broad range of local organizations by offering grants for projects that will create conditions and opportunities for our community members to lead fulfilling lives.

Please review the PROGRAM GUIDELINES BEFORE an application is started. For all program questions, email Miriam Suarez at msuarez@bcic.us. 

Cycle 2 is now open and the deadline to submit is Friday, March 1, 2024 at noon. This is a hard deadline and late applications will not be accepted. 

Brownsville Small Business Recovery Fund– In response to the economic hardships experienced by small businesses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation (BCIC) and the City of Brownsville are partnering together to launch the Brownsville Small Business Recovery Fund in an effort to retain jobs and stabilize local businesses. The primary objectives are to support eligible retail, food, personal services businesses that employ low- and moderate-income persons to retain jobs for City residents.
This program is a short-term 0% interest forgivable loan program up to $20,000 to assist businesses with up to fifty (50) employees at the time of application, or $10,000 for businesses that have up to five (5) employees (including the owner) with low to moderate income owner. The business must demonstrate a loss of gross revenue of 15% or more as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to be considered for funding.

Applications will be accepted via BCIC’s application portal. Deadline to apply is August 1, 2024, or when the max number of applications have been received; whichever comes first. Due to the anticipated number of submissions, allocated funds to the loan program may be exhausted before the date stated above. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated on eligibility and based on the number of eligible applicants and limited funding, applications may be chosen via a lottery system.
*Recipients of Round 1 and Round 2 of the Brownsville ReOpen for Business Assistance Program are NOT eligible to apply.

PLEASE READ OUR POLICIES AND PROCEDURES REVIEW THE DOCUMENT CHECKLIST BEFORE APPLYING!


Brownsville Small Business Recovery Fund: En respuesta a las dificultades económicas experimentadas por las pequeñas empresas como resultado de la pandemia de COVID-19, la Corporación de Mejoramiento de la Comunidad de Brownsville (BCIC) y la Ciudad de Brownsville se han asociado para lanzar el Brownsville Small Business Recovery Fund de Brownsville con el objetivo de mantener empleos y estabilizar los negocios locales. Los principales objetivos son apoyar a las empresas elegibles de venta al por menor, alimentos y servicios personales que emplean a personas de bajos y moderados ingresos para retener empleos para los residentes de la ciudad.

Este programa es un programa de préstamos condonables a corto plazo con un interés del 0 % de hasta $20,000 para ayudar a las empresas con hasta cincuenta (50) empleados al momento de la solicitud, o $10,000 para empresas que tengan hasta cinco (5) empleados (incluido el propietario) con un ingreso bajo o moderado. La empresa debe demostrar una pérdida de ingresos brutos del 15 % o más como resultado de la pandemia de COVID-19 para ser considerada para la financiación.

Las solicitudes se aceptarán a través del portal de solicitudes de BCIC. La fecha límite para solicitar es el 1 de Agosto de 2024 o cuando se haya recibido el número máximo de solicitudes, lo que ocurra primero. Debido al número anticipado de envíos, los fondos asignados al programa de préstamos pueden agotarse antes de la fecha mencionada anteriormente. Las solicitudes se revisarán y evaluarán según la elegibilidad y, debido al número limitado de solicitantes elegibles y los fondos limitados, las solicitudes pueden ser seleccionadas mediante un sistema de lotería.
*NO CALIFICAN los negocios que ya han recibido préstamos de ReOpen for Business Assistance Program con anterioridad en cualquiera de sus rondas.

¡POR FAVOR, LEA NUESTRAS POLITICAS Y PROCEDIMIENTOS Y REVISE LA  LISTA DE DOCUMENTOS ANTES DE APLICAR!: 

The BIG Rental Reinvestment Program offers rent reimbursements to businesses that are new-to-market, expanding, or relocating to Historic Downtown Brownsville. The goal of the program is to strengthen downtown’s economic activity, diversify the existing business mix, improve downtown’s curb appeal, and increase occupancy.

Submission Deadline

Applications are accepted continuously, with a strict deadline of the second Friday of each month to allow for a 30-day application review. No exceptions will be granted regarding this deadline. The Board of Directors will consider submitted applications in the subsequent month.

Eligibility

New, expanding, or existing businesses choosing to relocate to Historic Downtown Brownsville and contribute to the existing business mix. Existing downtown businesses wanting to expand their gross rentable space are also eligible. 

Eligible applicants must:

1. Be located within the BIG Program Boundaries. Check this map for eligibility. 

2. Hire or employ a minimum of two (2) employees, not including the business owner.

3. Be in operation for a minimum of three (3) months but no more than six (6) months and submit a profit and loss statement and  cash flow statement with their application.

4.  Existing downtown businesses older than six (6) months are eligible if they have expanded their gross rentable space. 

ALL APPLICANTS ARE REQUIRED TO READ THE PROGRAM GUIDELINES PRIOR TO SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION. THIS PROGRAM IS NOT INTENDED FOR BUSINESSES THAT ARE PAST DUE IN RENT.

BEFORE YOU APPLY
 

  • Read the BIG Program Guidelines to ensure your project meets the requirements of a standard rehab project. Property owners and tenants may apply for this category. 
  •  Schedule a meeting with BCIC staff to discuss your project by emailing msuarez@bcic.us.
  •  Applicants are required to have all permit(s) required by the City of Brownsville for the entire project.
  • Ensure your project is within the BIG Program Boundaries.
  • If funding is awarded and the building is vacant, the applicant must have a letter of commitment from a business and said business must open within ninety (90) days of project completion. A letter of commitment for each storefront must be submitted if the building has multiple storefronts. Failure to have the building at 100% occupancy during this timeframe may result in reimbursing BCIC for any disbursed.
  •  This category offers up to $25,000 for facade improvements and up to $35,000 for interior MEP improvements with a reimbursable 50/50 matching grant. Applicants must have a minimum of 50% of the total project cost available. A bank statement showing the unencumbered and unrestricted funds is required with the application.

Submission Deadline

Applications are accepted continuously, with a strict deadline of the second Friday of each month to allow for a 30-day application review. No exceptions will be granted regarding this deadline. The Board of Directors will consider submitted applications in the subsequent month.

THE PROGRAM IS NOT INTENDED TO FULLY FUND OR KICKSTART PROJECTS AND THE APPLICANT MUST DEMONSTRATE THAT THEY HAVE THE AVAILABLE CAPITAL TO COMPLETE THE ENTIRE PROJECT. IF THE APPLICATION IS DENIED BY THE BCICBOARD, THE APPLICANT IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH MEETING THE REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY.
 

BEFORE YOU APPLY
 

  • Read the BIG Program Guidelines and ensure your project meets the definition of an Extensive Rehabilitation Project. Only property owners may apply for an extensive rehabilitation grant. 
  •  Schedule a meeting with BCIC staff to discuss your project by emailing msuarez@bcic.us.
  •  Applicants are required to have all permit(s) required by the City of Brownsville for the entire project.
  • Ensure your project is within the BIG Program Boundaries.
  • If funding is awarded and the building is vacant, the applicant must have a letter of commitment from a business and said business must open within ninety (90) days of project completion. A letter of commitment for each storefront must be submitted if the building has multiple storefronts. Failure to have the building at 100% occupancy during this timeframe may result in reimbursing BCIC for any disbursed.
  • This category offers up to $200,000 for facade and interior improvements with an 80% match required by the property owner and a 20% match from BCIC. Applicants must have a minimum of 50% of the total project cost available. A bank statement showing the unencumbered and unrestricted funds is required with the application.

Submission Deadline

Applications are accepted continuously, with a strict deadline of the second Friday of each month to allow for a 30-day application review. No exceptions will be granted regarding this deadline. The Board of Directors will consider submitted applications in the subsequent month.

THE PROGRAM IS NOT INTENDED TO FULLY FUND OR KICKSTART PROJECTS AND THE APPLICANT MUST DEMONSTRATE THAT THEY HAVE THE AVAILABLE CAPITAL TO COMPLETE THE ENTIRE PROJECT. IF THE APPLICATION IS DENIED BY THE BCICBOARD, THE APPLICANT IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH MEETING THE REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY.
 

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