COVID-19 GRANTS FOR RESIDENTS & BUSINESSES

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THE PRE-APPLICATION PERIOD FOR THE RESIDENTIAL AND BUSINESS ASSISTANCE GRANTS HAS NOW CLOSED. PLEASE CONTACT THE CARES GRANT TEAM SHOULD YOU REQUIRE ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE.

The City of DeSoto is currently offering two grant programs to provide financial assistance to eligible DeSoto residents and businesses affected by COVID-19. 

  • The DeSoto Residential Assistance Program will provide financial assistance with rent/mortgage, qualifying utility bills*, and/or childcare costs to eligible residents. 
  • The DeSoto Business Assistance Program will provide financial assistance with lease/mortgage and qualifying utility bills* to eligible businesses. Home-based businesses are encouraged to apply. 

Application

If your pre-application is selected in the randomized applicant pool, NDC will contact you via email on or after September 25th. You will have two weeks from the date of notification to submit a full application.

Contact Information

For questions about your application, contact 972-230-7313 or CARESGrant@desototexas.govAssistance will be provided during the application period on Monday-Friday from 8:00am - 5:00pm CST. 

You can also visit our partner website at NDC: https://ndconline.org/ntxsmallbiz/city-of-desoto/ or contact NDC at ntxsmallbiz@ndconline.org

WEBINARS

You can find additional information on the application process in the webinars below:

Residential Program

required documents

Income (one of the following must be submitted for every adult member of the household)

  • February and August checking and savings bank statements (highlight wages/income), OR
  • February and August pay stubs, OR
  • Written explanation (if no income or self-employed with cash income not deposited in bank account), OR
  • Proof that income has been verified by an approved organization 

Savings

  • August savings account statement for each adult in the household
  • Certification of Savings Amount (if no savings or saving not kept in savings account)

Household Size

  • 2019 personal income tax return, OR
  • Certification of household size

Expenses

  • August bills
  • Mortgage statement (if applying for mortgage assistance)

Financial Impact Due to COVID-19

  • Employer-generated notice of termination, furlough, or reduction in hours, OR
  • Certification of economic impact (if self-employed

Applicant’s Identity

  • Primary Applicant: Birth certificate, passport, certification of citizenship/naturalization, or alien registration card
  • Other adults in the household: Texas driver’s license or other government-issued identification
  • Children: SSN cards, birth certificates, or SNAP/TANF award letter

Applicant’s Address (Applicant must submit one of the following documents with address that matches primary residential address)

  • Texas driver’s license, OR
  •  Other government-issued identification, OR
  • Unexpired voter registration card, OR
  • Utility bill

Other Required Documents that Applicant Must Submit

  • Signed W-9 (Download here: https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/about-form-w-9)
  • Certification from parent regarding necessity of childcare (if applying for childcare grant)
  • Signed agreement to participate including authorization for landlord/childcare provider to release information

Documents to be Provided by Landlord

  • Signed lease
  • August rental/mortgage invoice (including any past due amounts)
  • Signed agreement to participate including bank account info and agreement to not evict/charge late fees/interest

Documents to be Provided by Childcare Provider

  • TDFPS license number
  • Most recent childcare invoice with child(ren)’s full names (including any past due amounts)
  • Signed agreement to participate including bank account information and agreement not to terminate childcare services due to past-due childcare invoice.

Award Amount

Assistance for up to 3 months of expenses for rent/mortgage and qualifying utilities, maximum of $6,000. Assistance for up to 3 months of daycare expenses, maximum of $3600. Total grant amount is $8,000 per household.


Business Program

required documents

  • Texas driver’s license or other government-issued identification
  • Signed month-by-month profit and loss statement for January - July 2020
  • January - July bank statements with expenses clearly highlighted
  • Proof of DeSoto operations (utility bill for commercial location, certificate of occupancy, lease invoice, etc.)
  • Business entity filing with the Secretary of State OR DBA filed with Dallas County
  • 2019 business tax return or personal income tax return 
    • with Schedule C or Form 990 (for non-profit)
  • Signed Q1 2020 IRS 941 (if business has employees)
  • Signed W-9

Award Amount

Assistance for up to 3 months of expenses for lease/mortgage and qualifying utilities, maximum of $20,000 per business


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Home-Based Business

  • Texas driver’s license or other government issued identification
  • Signed month-by-month profit and loss statement for January - July 2020
  • Proof of DeSoto operations (may use tax return, DBA, etc.)
  • Business entity filing with the Secretary of State OR DBA filed with Dallas County
  •  2019 business tax return or personal income tax return 
    • with Schedule C or Form 990 (for non-profit)
  • Signed Q1 2020 IRS 941 (if business has employees)
  • Signed W-9

AWARD AMOUNT

Qualifying home-based businesses are eligible for a one-time grant of $2500.


Additional Eligibility Details

*Please note: applicant may not currently be in a lawsuit with the city; be an elected official of the city or a city employee; or have a relationship with the City of DeSoto that constitutes a conflict of interest. (Note: Volunteer members of a city board or commission are eligible).

*Note that due to federal funding restraints, utility bills paid to the City of DeSoto are ineligible for The DeSoto Residential & Business Assistance Grant Program.