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Preserve the Fort Small Business Grants

Second round of Preserve the Fort funding open now

Applications opened at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sep. 8, for the second round Preserve the Fort small business grants. Applications will remain open through 11:59 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2.

The first round of Preserve the Fort grants provided $6.5 million to 882 businesses in Fort Worth, with $2.9 million going towards the city's minority-owned businesses and another $1.4 million to the city's target areas. Of the companies who applied, 95% were businesses with 25 employees or fewer.

Last updated: Sep. 13, 2020

Earlier this summer, the City of Fort Worth partnered with United Way of Tarrant County and other local partners to provide the city's small business community with financial assistance through the Preserve the Fort small business grant program.

Intended to help preserve the small businesses of Fort Worth from the financial fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, the first round of grants provided more than $6.5 million in funding to 882 local businesses. A total of 95% of the businesses who applied for a grant had fewer than 25 employees. Additionally, more than $4.1 million was distributed to Fort Worth's minority-owned businesses and to businesses in the city's targeted neighborhoods.

Now, the City of Fort Worth and its partners are preparing to launch a second round of Preserve the Fort grants. However, this round of funding will be expanded to include both for-profit and nonprofit businesses (including performance art venues) and slightly larger businesses with less than 500 employees.

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Document assistance & Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that this application process might be challenging to many business owners and nonprofits who have never had to apply for financial assistance before, or who may not be familiar with some of these documents.

Volunteers from several organizations are standing by to assist business owners in getting these documents together. Specific times will also be available for Spanish-speaking business owners.

Click the button below to schedule a time for one of these volunteers to contact you by phone to discuss your documents. These phone meetings will last for 30 minutes each. Please prepare as much information/documentation ahead of your call as possible, so that your volunteer can best assist you.

Volunteers will call you at the time of your appointment.

If you have a question that does NOT have to do with documents, call the general hotline at 682-215-6231 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday-Friday. Please note that this number will not be able to assist with document preparation.

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If a second meeting is necessary, your volunteer will send you a link, so that you can continue to work with the same individual going forward.

Apply for a Preserve the Fort grant

Applications for the second round of Preserve the Fort are open from 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sep. 8, to 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2.

Applicants will be required to create a username/password in the system, and can save and return to their application as needed.

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Preserve the Fort Partners

City of Fort Worth
United Way of Tarrant County
Fort Worth Now

Visit Fort Worth
Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce
Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber
Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber

Thanks to the document assistance volunteers at the following locations:

J.P. Morgan Private Bank
Texas CPA Fort Worth