Southside First works with local, state, and national partners to provide specialized resources to Southside San Antonio businesses and entrepreneurs.

Verizon Small Business Digital Ready

The Verizon program is still available. You can no longer apply for the $10,000 grant but can still take two courses for free that will help you with your business. You will be given the option to pick the subject of what you want to learn out of the given videos, pick two lectures, watch them, and be able to learn useful skills for your small business. You will also be provided a mentor through the process. Register at the link:
“We’re helping small businesses succeed by offering key resources like free online courses, expert coaching, peer networking and grant opportunities.” - Verizon

Grant Information

Southside First’s mission is to aid small businesses in their growth. One way we do that is by informing you when new grants come out and informing you about grant resource opportunities. We can inform you when grants come out if you leave us your contact information so we can reach out to you with the details.

Click here to contact us via the CONTACT form and let us know your question.

COVID/Construction Grant

• “Small businesses impacted by COVID and city-initiated construction that are located in qualifying project zones may be eligible for up to $35,000 in grant funding supported by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).”
• Applications are open February 13th – 28th, 2023
• Info:
• Updates:
Small Businesses Impacted by COVID and City Construction May Be Eligible for Grant Funding Up to $35,000 in Grant Funding.

The COVID-19/Construction Recovery Grants Program offers targeted relief to small businesses impacted by both COVID-19 and prolonged construction-related loss of revenues tied to specific City-initiated projects. Qualifying businesses may receive up to $35,000 in grant funding to help offset demonstrated losses in 2022 compared to 2021.

The minimum grant award will be $10,000 and the maximum grant award will be capped at $35,000.

TX Travel Industry Recovery Grant Program

• Starting February 1, 2023, a new application category will open for the Texas Travel Industry Recovery Grant (TTIR) program through the Texas Economic Development & Tourism Office. The TTIR Program provides one-time grants of up to $20,000 for the recovery of Texas businesses in the tourism, travel, and hospitality industry that were negatively impacted during the pandemic.

Grow Now! Financial Equity Fund

An initiative of the Corporate Partners for Racial Equity administered by Liftfund “The program will provide financial support in the form of grants up to $35,000 to eligible micro and small for-profit businesses.

In addition to funding, the grant awards include: Financial & Business planning consultations with LiftFund, including a pre- and post-funding assessment; Values Based Leadership program; access to specific workshops based on the business and financial client needs; and connection with a personal mentor.

Hub of grants - Yahoo Finance

This is an excellent article that has a list of websites with grants, but also explaining how rare these are and what the qualifications are.

Hub of grants - I Fund Women

Most are closed, but it’s a good idea to look through them to see who got funding and if there is a timeline, to note the date the 2022 awards opened and check back to see if those organizations will be doing a round for 2023.

Hub of grants - U.S. Chamber of Commerce

“56 Grants, Loans and Programs to Benefit Your Small Business”:

Hub of grants - The HD Post


List your business with Tripadvisor!

Southside First is collaborating with the City of San Antonio World Heritage Office to promote businesses in the San Antonio Missions Area.

• Businesses are being selected to be signed up to Tripadvisor listings to highlight and market their products and services, to be exposed to the world.

• Businesses will also be included in the World Heritage San Antonio area at, within the “Explore the Area” section and within the City of Gastronomy Calendar.

• We provide assistance writing the descriptions and taking high-qualityphotos for the directory.

Ph.: (210) 970-0954

Project Xander - MITRE - UTSA

There are quite a few openings still for non-profits and small business to join the Project Xander cohort this Spring. If your organization or another organization that you know is interested in evaluating and strengthening their cyber security infrastructure, please feel free to forward the attached flyer with my contact information.

CONTACT Bobby Blaunt:
Ph.: (210) 573-3112

About our City

San Antonio is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. Over its 300-year history since its establishment as a series of Franciscan missions, San Antonio has grown to house and employ a diverse population with a large local military presence, local tourism industries and attractions, and a well-diversified economy. As the former capital of Spanish Texas, San Antonio is a “majority minority” city, with its Hispanic population representing more than half of the population of the city and the surrounding Bexar County. In spite of the region’s rich cultural influences, deep socioeconomic disparities persist along racial and ethnic lines. Addressing these disparities requires solutions that build wealth across all communities in the city, among which are solutions that present equitable avenues to entrepreneurship and business ownership.
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