We are excited to share another grant opportunity for your Collin County small business.
On Monday, the Collin County Commissioners Court approved the launch of the Collin CARES Small Business Grant Program that provides up to $25,000 for eligible companies where gross revenue losses were more than 15 percent, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Commissioners Court shall set aside $15 million in U.S. CARES Act funding for the grants in addition to the $30 million earmarked for Housing assistance and $5 million for local food pantries.
* Businesses with less than $5 million in gross revenues
* fewer than 100 full-time employees
* must have operated continuously within Collin County for 6 months prior to March 1, 2020.
Eligible expenses include:
Applications will be accepted from Sept. 4th through Sept. 25th, 2020. Awards may range from $5,000 to $25,000; grants are taxable.
Full details on qualifying for the grants will be posted on the Collin CARES pages at www.collincountytx.gov. A helpful informational sheet is attached for you below, courtesy of our neighbors at the City of McKinney.
To review the eligibility requirements and apply view the flyer by clicking on the link below:
Collin Cares Small Business Grant
Limits Certain Businesses And Services With Direct Link To Infections
Governor Greg Abbott today issued an executive order limiting certain businesses and services as part of the state’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. This decision comes as the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 and the number of hospitalizations have increased and the positivity rate in Texas increased above 10%, which the Governor previously stated would lead to further preventative action. The targeted, measured directives in the executive order are based on links between certain types of businesses and services and the recent rise in positive cases throughout the state.
The order includes the following:
“As I said from the start, if the positivity rate rose above 10%, the State of Texas would take further action to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott. “At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars. The actions in this executive order are essential to our mission to swiftly contain this virus and enhance public health. We want this to be as limited in duration as possible. However, we can only slow the spread if everyone in Texas does their part. Every Texan has a responsibility to themselves and their loved ones to wear a mask, wash their hands, stay six feet apart from others in public, and stay home if they can. I know that our collective action can lead to a reduction in the spread of COVID-19 because we have done it before, and we will do it again.”
Mayor Ray Smith announced the kickoff of the “We Prosper Together” campaign last night with his weekly Mayor’s Message on the Town’s social media channels. The Town has developed the attached flyer to promote the campaign. The PDF contains direct links to each of the recipient organizations so individuals can make direct donations to whatever organizations they choose.
Thank you for supporting the “We Prosper Together” campaign through your charitable donations.
Click on image to view the flyer
A Message from Mayor Ray Smith - April 30, 2020
During this week’s Regular meeting, Council members unanimously decided to extend the Town’s Disaster Declaration, putting Prosper in line with the latest order from Governor Abbott.
While I know that there is some ambiguity and confusion in the flurry of orders and declarations from the state, the counties, and the Town, here is a summary of how we will proceed for the time being.
• The Prosper Community Library and the Town of Prosper, Parks and Recreation 407 Rec Center will remain closed until May 18.
• All Town programs, events, and activities are also suspended through May 18.
• While some Municipal Court services are available, most proceedings have been postponed until June.
• Town Hall is still open, and Town staff is still working hard to provide you with the same excellent level of service.
• The Town will re-evaluate closures and cancellations on May 18 and take appropriate action.
• We will closely monitor the spread of the virus over the next few weeks, and follow the guidance issued by Governor Abbott, to determine if and when Town facilities may open safely.
Please be assured that we will always take a deliberate, and safety-conscience approach when making decisions to re-open Town services and facilities. I encourage all residents to continue to be vigilant in reducing the spread of the virus by continuing social distancing while you are around others, washing or disinfecting your hands often, and staying home if you are sick.
We will all get through this, but we must work together in a thoughtful, deliberate way. After all, Prosper is a place where everyone matters, and that will never change.
- Mayor Ray Smith
The Governor's Please Report to Open Texas can be found at: https://www.prospertx.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/20200427-OpenTexas-Report.pdf
The Town of Prosper Disaster Declaration can be found at: https://www.prospertx.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Ordinances-2020-29-Extending-a-local-state-of-disaster-due-to-a-public-health-emergency.pdf
For more information and resources about COVID-19, please visit prospertx.gov/coronavirus
Executive Order No. GA-18 relating to the expanded reopening of services as part of the safe, strategic plan to Open Texas in response to the COVID- 19 disaster.
July 2, 2020
COVID UPDATE: Gov. Abbott has now issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, "with a few exceptions."
For full details, please visit: https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-establishes-statewide-face-covering-requirement-issues-proclamation-to-limit-gatherings?fbclid=IwAR3_mVDmfdBZlhTGj_8OqW0sPX2DQXgTUvNaM0ZxK_rxewZcFT9mUXDNWY4