Governor Abbott Announces $50 Million in Loans for Texas Small Businesses

April 13, 2020 | Insights

By Kate Goodrich

On April 13, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott announced establishment of a $50 million loan fund for Texas small businesses, designed to help them survive and rebuild from the challenges caused by COVID-19. Goldman Sachs and LiftFundUS, a nonprofit community development financial institution (CDFI), and other CDFIs are collaborating to provide the $50 million in loans. The loan, made through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), is designed to be used for payroll so that employees can continue to receive paychecks and small businesses can retain their employees. Goldman Sachs will provide the capital as part of its nationwide $550 million commitment to COVID-19 relief, and LiftFund, along with other CDFIs, will administer the funding to qualified small businesses. According to the Governor, if all the required stipulations are met, small businesses can have their loans forgiven in full by the SBA. Business owners can apply for a PPP loan and find more information about the program on the LiftFund website.

In his press release, the Governor declared that small businesses are “the heart of the economy” and stressed that we must begin to think of re-stimulating the economy while still focusing on stopping the spread of COVID-19. When asked about a timeline for businesses fully re-opening, the Governor said that he was not planning a “rush the gates” approach, emphasizing that he will not allow every business to re-open all at once. While the state’s hospitalization rate seems to be improving, he said, access to testing is a still key component of re-opening the economy.

An announcement regarding statewide guidance on how long schools will stay closed is expected later this week.

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Kate Goodrich
Governmental Affairs Consultant, Austin