Hidalgo Co. Development Program Offers Grants to Small Businesses

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WESLACO – Small business owners may be eligible for thousands of dollars in grant money, under Hidalgo County's effort to support new and existing enterprises.

The Hidalgo County Small Town Economic Development Grant Program offers up to $20,000 to businesses that are approved for assistance.

The money comes from unclaimed funds, retained by the state comptroller's office.

"We're looking for applicants for small businesses, existing businesses, new businesses,” said Bobby Villarreal, the program executive director in Hidalgo County.

The county will offer the money to businesses in unincorporated areas of the county and in cities with a population of 20,000 or less.

Many larger cities already have their own development programs, said Villarreal.

"We've done a lot of economic development incentives for large businesses that bring down large employment," said Villarreal. "What the court wanted to do was identify smaller businesses."

A hundred thousand dollars is the total amount available in this pilot program. The deadline to apply is March 15.

Instructions on how to apply can be found here on the county’s website.

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