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Business Improvement Grant Program

Gonzales Main Street in partnership with the Gonzales Economic Development Corporation seeks to improve the image of downtown Gonzales through the historic restoration and rehabilitation of commercial building facades located in the Downtown Redevelopment Area. Funded by GEDC as an economic incentive, in cooperation with GEDC, Gonzales Main Street has designed the small business improvement grant program.

Program Details

  • The Gonzales Main Street Business Improvement Grant Program is set up as a single payment reimbursement to property owners per building/business. Grants are available on a 80/20 matching funds basis with a cap of $15,000.00 per grant.
  • Grants will be reviewed and awarded on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Building owners are limited to one grant per building.
  • Grant funds focus on exterior work on storefronts (visible to the traveling public), on commercial buildings located in the Downtown Redevelopment Area.
  • Grants are available beginning October 1 of each year, on a first come, first serve basis until funds are depleted.
  • No grants will be awarded for work that has already been started, in progress, or completed.
  • All submitted work will be reviewed based on the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and approved by the Gonzales Main Street Advisory Board before any eligible work may begin.
  • If awarded a business improvement grant, any deviation from the approved grant project may result in the total or partial withdrawal of the grant.
  • Facades must be maintained after project completion. Improper or incorrect maintenance will affect all future grant eligibility.
  • If you have any questions, please contact the Gonzales Main Street Administrator at 830-672-2815.
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Utility Relocation Grant Program

Gonzales Main Street in partnership with the Gonzales Economic Development Corporation seeks to improve the image of downtown Gonzales through the historic restoration and rehabilitation of commercial building facades located in the Downtown Redevelopment Area. Funded by GEDC as an economic incentive, in cooperation with GEDC, Gonzales Main Street has designed the following utility relocation grant program.

Program Details

  • The Gonzales Main Street Utility Relocation Grant Program is set up as a single payment reimbursement to property owners per building/business. Grants are available for utility relocation to the rear of the property in the amount of $2,500.00 per grant.
  • Grants will be reviewed and awarded on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Building owners are limited to one grant per building.
  • Grant funds focus on commercial buildings located in the Downtown Redevelopment Area.
  • Grants are available beginning October 1 of each year, on a first come, first serve basis until funds are depleted.
  • No grants will be awarded for work that has already been started, in progress, or completed.
  • If awarded a utility relocation grant, any deviation from the approved grant project may result in the total or partial withdrawal of the grant.
  • If you have any questions, please contact the Gonzales Main Street Administrator at 830-672-2815.
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Application for Hotel Occupancy Tax

State Law: By law of the State of Texas, the City of Gonzales collects a Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) from hotels, motels, and bed & breakfasts and inns. Under state law, the revenue from the HOT may be used only to directly promote tourism and the convention and hotel industry.

Chapter 351 of the Tax Code states that the use of HOT funds is limited to:

i) Convention Centers and Visitor Information Centers: the acquisition of sites for and the construction, improvement, enlarging, equipping, repairing operation and maintenance of convention facilities or visitor information centers, or both;

ii) Registration of Convention Delegates: the furnishing of facilities, personnel, and materials for the registration of convention delegates or registrants;

iii) Advertising, Solicitations and Promotions that Directly Promote Tourism and the Hotel and Convention Industry: advertising and conducting solicitations and promotional programs to attract tourists and convention delegates or registrants to the municipality or its vicinity;

iv) Promotions of the Arts that Directly Promote Tourism and the Hotel and Convention Industry: that the encouragement, promotion, improvement, and application of the arts, including instrumental and vocal music, dance, drama, folk art, creative writing, architecture, design and allied fields, painting, sculpture photography, graphic and craft arts, motion picture, radio, television, tape and sound recording, and other arts related to the presentation, performance, execution, and exhibition of these major art forms, and

v) Historical Restoration and Preservation Activities that Directly Promote Tourism and the Hotel and Convention Industry: historical restoration and preservation projects or activities or advertising and conducting solicitation and promotional programs to encourage tourists and convention delegates to visit preserved historic sites or museums.

vi) Sporting Event Expenses that Substantially Increase Economic

Activity at Hotels: Expenses including promotional expenses directly related to a sporting event in which the majority of participants are tourists who substantially increase economic activity at hotels and motels within the city or it vicinity.

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