Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo

Tribal Business

Interruption & Employee Assistance Grant

The Ysleta del Sur Pueblo (YDSP) has established the “COVID-19 YDSP Tribal Business Interruption & Employee Assistance Grant” program to help YDSP Tribal business owners (18 years of age and older and living anywhere in the United States or U.S. Territories) and any Tribal business owners from another federally recognized Indian tribe (18 years of age and older and living in the El Paso or Hudspeth counties, Texas) who has experienced a business interruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic. YDSP can financially assist qualified American Indian and Alaska Native businesses who are directly affected by the COVID-19 mandatory closures and associated safety measures. In other words, YDSP can grant financial relief to businesses to help pay for rent, utilities, payroll, and other essential items between March 2020 and December 2020.

What qualifies as a Tribal business?

If your business has active ownership interest by a YDSP enrolled Tribal member or a member of a federally recognized Indian Tribe residing in El Paso or Hudspeth County, Texas operating as one or more of the following, you could be eligible to receive funding:

Sole Proprietorships



S Corporations

Limited Liability Company (LLC)

Independent Contractors

Online platform workers (such as Uber, Amazon Mechanical Turk, DoorDash, GrubHub, etc.)

Contract Firm Workers

On-call Workers

Temporary Workers

IMPORTANT NOTE - This funding can only be used to help with business costs and expenses. Funding awarded cannot be used to supplement revenue lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What types of financial assistance can I receive from this grant program?

Qualified Tribal business owners can ask for assistance to support one or more of the following categories:

  1. Payroll expenses
  2. Rent, lease or mortgage interest obligations
  3. Utility payments
  4. Insurance
  5. Telephone and internet
  6. Marketing and advertising (e.g., website or social media platforms)
  7. Safety equipment and supplies to create a safe environment and mitigate the spread of COVID-19
  8. Technology and software to encourage e-commerce, telework and social distancing
  9. Start-up costs, if you were starting your business, incurred before the COVID-19 closures

You may receive assistance from March 2020 to December 2020 as long as you can provide documentation that you have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Does my Tribal business qualify for assistance?

Yes, if your business meets the following:

  • One of the business owners is currently enrolled as a YDSP Tribal member and residing anywhere in the United States or U.S. Territories, or
    • One of the business owners is currently an enrolled Tribal member with another federally recognized Indian tribe and whose primary residence is in El Paso or Hudspeth counties, Texas
  • Your business was closed and/or reduced due to COVID-19 or affected by mandatory “stay-at-home” orders (state or local ordinances) required to slow the spread of the disease
  • You started a new business, but did not open due to COVID-19, then you might be eligible for funding to cover the costs associated with rent, utilities, insurance, etc.
  • Must submit a statement explaining how your business was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Must submit documentation demonstrating that your business has experienced a financial interruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Your business has not already received economic assistance from another source, such as the Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program

Does your business need new technology and/or safety equipment to keep its environment safe from spreading COVID-19?

Applicants can also apply for funding to pay for new technology and safety equipment to maintain social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Imagine you have a restaurant, and your local or state government has imposed a “stay-at-home” order. Your customers cannot come to your restaurant, so you want to focus on take-out to generate revenue. You can apply for technology funding to set-up a website to take online orders as well as any advertising costs to promote your new site and services. Funding can also help pay for computers (for employees to work from home), cleaning supplies, plexiglass barriers, and other safety equipment to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at your place of business. In order words, your business can qualify for funding to keep your doors open while reducing the threat of COVID-19.

Is there anything that I should do before starting the application?

Yes! We are asking to start the application using our online tool—a link is provided below. As part of the application, you will be asked to submit documentation to show that your business has been affected by the pandemic. These documents may include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Bank statements
  • Payroll registers
  • Form 941 for impacted quarter(s) of 2020
  • Form 1099 for independent contractors
  • 2019 business tax return. If you have not filed for 2019, you may submit you 2018 business tax return
    • For sole proprietors, you may provide your 2018 or 2019 individual tax return
  • Photos, if appropriate
  • Other documents, as requested by your assigned business specialist

We strongly recommend that you scan (or take photos) of your respective documents before starting the application. At certain points in the application, these documents will be required to be submitted. Along with these documents, you will also need to complete and submit the following Microsoft Excel worksheet.

If you need additional help with the worksheet, please contact the YDSP Department of Economic Development at 915-859-8151.

How do I apply for assistance?

To apply for assistance, please complete the following application:

Apply now!

By completing this application, you will start the process. A business specialist will be assigned to you and will contact you about the status of your application. If necessary, the business specialist may ask you for clarification and/or request additional documents.

If you wish to complete a form by hand, please download it from here and print this form at your convenience. If you do not have a printer, please call the YDSP Department of Economic Development at 915-859-8151, and a staff member will mail a form to your preferred address.

Do you need help completing the application?

Sometimes filling out forms and applications can be challenging. YDSP Economic Development staff can assist you. Please call them at 915-859-8151 and an expert staff member will guide you through the process.

Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo