Emergency Business Retention Program

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Thank you EDC and City Council for supporting our local businesses impacted by COVID-19!

On April 3, 2020, 16 local businesses received their Emergency Business Retention Program check. These grants will help our CLS businesses impacted by COVID-19 to pay up salaries, rent, utilities and other normal operating expenses.

The Clear Lake Shores Economic Development Corporation and City Council approved an Emergency Business Retention Program in response to the Declaration of a Local State of Disaster by the City of Clear Lake Shores and the Declaration of a State of Disaster by the State of Texas.

The Emergency Business Retention Program (the “Program”) is found by the Board of Directors of the Clear Lake Shores Economic Development Corporation to be suitable for the retention of primary jobs during the state of emergency caused by COVID‐19. Under Section 501.101 of the Texas Local Government Code, the Program will provide expenditures to qualified applicants whose business maintains a physical business address within the City limits of Clear Lake Shores that is not based in a home or residence, generates sales tax revenues that benefit the City of Clear Lake Shores, and has fifty (50) or fewer employees.  The grants shall be available to pay up to two months’ salaries, rent, utilities and other normal operating expenses up to a maximum of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000). The total funding for the Program shall be capped at two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000).

To apply for the Emergency Business Retention Program, the business must:

  1. Submit application to city administrator no later than 12:00 pm on Friday, March 27th
  2. Be able to demonstrate that the COVID‐19 emergency has had a significant, material, and negative impact on its revenues.  Such impact may be forward-looking based on recent governmental restrictions on business operations.
  3. Be able to provide a detailed summary of its anticipated uses for the funds based on historical operating data.

All applications will be reviewed and approved by a three‐person committee comprised of two (2) EDC board members and one (1) city council member. The committee may apply other rules to an application in order to conform to State law. Grants will be awarded on Tuesday, March 31st and funded by Friday, April 3rd.

Click here to download application (Fillable PDF version)

If you want to print application and fill it out by hand, please click on this link to download form.

You can submit the application with supporting documentation to City Administrator by email at bspier@clearlakeshores-tx.gov or you can drop off the application with supporting documentation at City Hall, 1006 South Shore Drive Clear Lake Shores, TX 77565. (Drop box is located by the main door). If you require additional information, please contact City Administrator Brent Spier via phone or email at BSpier@clearlakeshores-tx.gov or 281-334-2799 ext 200.

The mission of the Clear Lake Shores Economic Development Corporation is to promote, assist and enhance the economic development activities and quality of life opportunities within the city that promotes economic development. “If our local businesses are successful, our City will grow and our community will have a better quality of life,” EDC President Charles Scoville said. “Many small businesses will be negatively impacted by the spread of the COVID-19 and we want to support our own as much as we can.”

Let’s support our local businesses!


On Monday, March 24th, Galveston County issued a stay-at-home order that requires all Texas bars, gyms, and restaurants to close and all residents to remain at their place of residence.

The good news is that there are different ways we can support our local business during the coronavirus pandemic while maintaining social distancing:

  • Carry-out and delivery
Getting a carry-out order or calling for delivery is still a great option. Don’t forget to tip the delivery person!
  • Buy gift cards
Why not get a gift card that we can use later?
  • Shop online
Now is the perfect time to shop online and practice social distancing.
  • Tip generously
You will be supporting workers who rely on tips to make ends meet and may not have paid leave.

Other important information for local businesses

On Friday, March 20th, Governor Greg Abbott announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has included the entire state of Texas in its Economic Injury Disaster Declaration and granted access to its Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, which will provide long-term, low-interest loans to qualifying businesses across the state. Texas small businesses who believe they may be eligible for an SBA EIDL should visit www.sba.gov/disaster where they can directly apply for assistance. The online application is the fastest method to receive a decision about loan eligibility.

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We must remain vigilant, follow the guidelines recommended by the CDC and maintain social distancing when possible. The City will continue to update residents regularly about future closures and impacts to the community through the City’s website and social media pages.

Clear Lake Shores is resilient, we will get through this together.

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