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Grants to Texas Businesses and Nonprofits in the Hospitality, Travel, and Tourism Industries for COVID-19 Recovery

Texas Travel Industry Recovery Grant Program


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Funding Source
Texas Economic Development Tourism (EDT) - American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Texas

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/15/23 - Deadline for Category 6 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $20,000 to Texas businesses and nonprofit organizations to support Coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery efforts. The purpose of this program is to assist entities in the hospitality, travel, and tourism industries that have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. Eligible industries include breweries, microbreweries, wineries, distilleries, travel arrangement and reservation services, convention and visitors bureaus, convention and trade show organizers, event and meeting planning services, RV parks and recreational camps, and campgrounds.

The Texas Travel Industry Recovery Grant Program (TTIR) was established by Senate Bill 8 and signed into law by the Governor following the 87th Legislature (Third Called Session) to administer funds received from the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The purpose of the TTIR Program is to provide grants for the recovery of Texas entities in the tourism, travel, and hospitality industry.

Type of Incentive

The TTIR Program was established to provide one-time reimbursement grants for the recovery of Texas businesses in the tourism, travel, and hospitality industries that were negatively impacted due to COVID-19. These one-time grants are to reimburse eligible costs to these qualifying businesses.

For eligible costs, see the FAQ document in Supporting Documents below. 

For Priority Groups, see


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Who Can Apply?
Applicants in the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries (as determined by eligible NAICS code) who were negatively impacted by COVID-19 are able to apply. Basic qualifying criteria for a prospective applicant includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- In operation prior to January 20, 2020
- Operate in the State of Texas
- Privately-owned for profit business or non-profit organization
- Open to the public or provide services for in-person events
- Business or organization in the eligible NAICS codes listed for the travel, tourism and hospitality industries (NAICS codes 71, 722, 7211, 7212, 5615, 561920, 312120, 312130, 312140)
- Suffered negative economic impact due to COVID-19
- Otherwise eligible to receive this grant funding and not barred from competing for federal awards, including the guidelines on government-wide suspension and debarment in 2 CFR part 180 or for any other reason.

Non-profits are eligible assuming they also satisfy all other requirements for the funds.

Only privately-owned for profit and non-profit entities which fall into the qualifying NAICS categories are eligible for TTIR Program funding.

No other categories of expenses will be allowed, including, but not necessarily limited to, the costs of acquiring real property, equipment, advertising or promotion costs, alcoholic beverages, debts and any related collection and legal costs, costs of donated property or space, fines, penalties, lobbying, or food.

In addition, grant funds may not be used for any program, service, or capital expenditure that (1) conflicts with or contravenes the statutory purpose of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 (Pub. L. No. 117-2), including a program, service, or capital expenditure that includes a term or condition that undermines efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19; (2) constitutes debt service (new or preexisting), a replenishment of any financial reserves, or satisfies any obligation arising under or pursuant to a settlement agreement, judgment, consent decree, or judicially confirmed debt restructuring plan in a judicial, administrative, or regulatory proceeding; (3) violates any federal or state conflict-of-interest requirements, including any self-dealing or ethics rules; or (4) violates any applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, including, but not limited to, environmental laws and federal civil rights and nondiscrimination requirements, which include prohibitions on discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, age, or familial status (having children under the age of 18).

Pre-Proposal Conference
For upcoming webinars, see the Full Grant Text RFP link.

Pre-Application Information
Due to the size of the industry and the high number of potential applicants, applications will be accepted in phases by industry sector identified by NAICS code. The application window for each phase will be no more than three weeks. Applications will open up at 9:00 AM CST on each respective start date for the relevant category.

The application that was submitted first will be given priority; the additional applications will potentially be eligible for later consideration, to the extent funds are available.

Category 1:
- Application Window: July 6 – August 7
- NAICS Code: 312120; 312130; 312140; 5615; 561920; 7212
- Industry:
- Breweries; microbreweries
- Wineries
- Distilleries
- Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services; Convention and Visitors Bureaus
- Convention and Trade Show Organizers, Event and Meeting Planning Services
- RV Parks and Recreational Camps; Campgrounds

Category 2:
- Application Window: September 1 - September 22
- NAICS Code: 71
- Industry:
- Arts, Entertainment and Recreation

Category 3:
- Application Window: October 1 - October 22
- NAICS Code: 7211
- Industry:
- Traveler Accommodation: Hotels and Motels, Bed and Breakfast

Category 4:
- Application Window: November 1 - November 22
- NAICS Code: 722
- Industry:
- Food Services and Drinking Places

Category 5:
If funds remain after the first four phases, a fifth phase will revisit any unfunded applications to award the remaining funds.

Category 6:
Application Window: September 1 - September 15, 2023
Funds will be awarded to eligible applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds are exhausted. For NAICS Code and Industry details, see:

Portal Instruction Video:
To view the prior webinars, see the Full Grant Text RFP link.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $20,000

Term of Contract
Payroll expenses (assuming the entity also satisfies all other requirements for the funds) must have been incurred in the period beginning November 8, 2021 through the time of the application (and in no event later than August 31, 2024).

Contact Information
TTIR Portal:

For questions contact the TTIR staff at or call 512-463-2111.

Texas Economic Development
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 936-0100

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