Economic Relief For Businesses

The Pharr EDC Cares Forgivable Loan – Now Closed.

In order to infuse local businesses with the cash they needed to begin their economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pharr EDC Board of Directors approved the Pharr EDC CARES program.

Nicknamed Pharr EDC CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Support), this program provided forgivable loans between $2,500 and $5,000 for local businesses suffering from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As Texas reopens its economy, these businesses face the uncertainty of how to rebound and thrive once again. Pharr EDC CARES provided the support needed to move forward. All loans were intended for working capital purposes in order to help businesses immediately begin recovering.

Awarded funds could be used for critical business costs such as personnel expenses, rent or commercial mortgage payments, utilities, and critical business equipment or supplies.

Pharr EDC Loan Forgiveness Application

What to Expect

The Requirements Are:


Completion of a Business Survey:

Go To Survey

For questions on the Survey, please contact Karina Lopez at or 956-402-4332 (ext. 1301).


Scheduling and attending a meeting with either AdventGX or UTRGV’s Small Business Development Center:

For questions, please contact Karina Lopez at or 956-402-4332 (ext. 1301).


Completion of Forgiveness Request form:

Download Here


Completion of the Expense, download here. This form is for you to document the expenses paid for with the Pharr CARES Loan Money.

Download Here

Support Documentation is also required, including but not limited to:
– Invoices (with Canceled Checks or Bank Statements
– Receipts
– Bank Statements
– Credit Card Statements

For Questions on the Expense Form, please contact me at or 956-402-4332 (ext. 1307).

Pharr EDC Moves Businesses Forward
Program Recipients

On The Grill Restaurant

1201 S Jackson Rd 7, Pharr, TX 78577
(956) 630-9752

El Manantial Fitness + Nutricion

1000 E Us Hwy 83, Suite B, Pharr, TX 78577
(956) 354-5826

Auto Diagnostic Center

801 S Cage Blvd, Pharr, TX 78577
(956) 702-2172

Carmen’s Catering

901 S Cage Blvd, Pharr, TX 78577
(956) 533-4752

Diaz Floors & Interiors

1205 W Polk Ave, Pharr, TX 78577
(956) 787-0056


1006 W State Ave, Pharr, TX 78577
(956) 207-4415

Junction Café

11 S Cage Blvd, Pharr, TX 78577
(956) 783-4885

Kona Ice of McAllen

297 Ferguson Street Pharr, TX 78577
(956) 313-5535

Sandy’s Treasure Box

1603 N Cage Blvd, Pharr, TX 78577
(956) 702-2323

Winner’s World

1000 US-83 BUS suite c, Pharr, TX 78577
(956) 783-2747

Genesis Trade Solutions

1100 E Military Hwy 281 Suite D-1, Pharr, TX 78577
(956) 223-9865

Gordita’s Doña Tere

614 S. Cage, Ste 10, Pharr, TX 78577
(956) 283-8103


620 W Ferguson, Ste. 10, Pharr, TX 78577
(956) 569-4890

Kids At Play Learning Center

128 W. State Avenue, Pharr, TX 78577
(956) 451-8580

Mariscos Del Golfo

518 N Cage Blvd. #1, Pharr, TX 78577-3931
(956) 831-2846

Meca Sportswear

602 W Sam Houston Road, Pharr, TX 78577
(956) 782-0348

Proglobal Lighting

5818 N Cage Blvd, Ste 68, Pharr, TX 78577
(956) 212-6466

Que Tacos

7728 S Cage Blvd, Pharr, TX 78577-3931
(956) 459-2411

City of Pharr Small Business Relief Assistance
Cares Act Funds – Still Available

The City of Pharr will utilize U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds in the amount of four-hundred and sixty-five thousand dollars ($465,000) to establish the Small Business Relief Assistance program (SBRA) as administered by the Grants Management and Community Development (GMCD) department. The grant assistance is designed to immediately support the financial needs of Small Business entities that have been adversely affected by the national COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act funds will not be amended or changed without prior written concurrence from the GMCD Office and the City of Pharr.

  • U.S Department of Housing & Urban Development
  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
  • Small Business Relief Assistance

Basis for Eligibility:

  • For-profit Micro-Enterprise businesses located in the City of Pharr with five (5) or less employees including the owner.
  • Must be in good standing as determined by the Texas Secretary of State’s office.
  • Must comply with the CDBG rules and regulations for Economic Development
  • Can provide financial evidence of economic loss because of COVID-19
  • Applicant will certify and attest to a Duplication of Benefits standard
  • Applicant must qualify under HUD’s Household Income guidelines.

Eligibility Costs:

Employee salaries, rental/leasing space, business utilities and COVID-19 related products.

For questions or to request guidance on the application and required documents, contact the city of Pharr Grants Management and Community Development Department at (956) 402-4190.

Application and supporting documents can be submitted with the city of Pharr Grants Management and Community Development Department located at 118 S. Cage Blvd., 2nd Floor, Pharr, Texas 78577.