COVID-19 Business Disaster Recovery Assistance

Private Sector Support

Businesses impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to look into private sector funding opportunities and resources that may be available to you and your business to help you stay afloat and meet short-term business needs during this pandemic. Additional resources will be added as they become available, so please check back.

General Grants

Restaurant Strong Fund

Samuel Adams and the Greg Hill Foundation announced they are bringing the Restaurant Strong Fund to 20 total states (including Florida) to aid the restaurant workers impacted by the COVID-19 closures. For more information and to apply, visit www.restaurantstrong.org.

Booz Allen Foundation

The Booz Allen Foundation has established a $1 million Innovation Fund to help nonprofits, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, innovators at colleges and universities, and startups and small businesses harness the power of data, technology, and diverse intellectual capital to improve COVID-19 relief efforts and make a difference. We want to surface the most innovative solutions and empower the individuals and organizations behind those solutions to drive their development and implementation. The Foundation is accepting applications from April 30 through June 5, 2020. Nonprofits can apply for grants of up to $100,000. Individuals, teams of individuals, and eligible for-profit organizations can apply for microgrants of up to $10,000. Certain eligibility requirements apply. Through the Innovation Fund, the Foundation is specifically targeting solutions and projects that will build lasting community resilience through protecting vulnerable populations and frontline workers or providing for the safe return to work. For more information and to apply, click here.

Local Grants and Loan Programs

Polk CARES: Small Business Relief Fund

Polk County’s Board of County Commissioners has approved a plan that will help small business owners left struggling financially from COVID-19 pandemic business closures. Small businesses that can show they were impacted by COVID-19 are eligible to apply for assistance. Funding levels are $1,000 for those who are self-employed, $2,500 for businesses with 2 – 9 employees, and $5,000 for businesses with 10 – 25 employees. The online application via the Neighborly online portal is the quickest way to apply and will be available starting Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Please click here to access a printable application that may be returned via postal mail. It is estimated that applications completed this way may take an additional 5 to 10 business days to receive and process. For full details of the program click here.

SOBEWFF® & FIU Chaplin School Hospitality Relief Fund

The SOBEWFF® & FIU Chaplin School Hospitality Relief Fund awards grants of up to $15,000 per business ($500 per employee) to independently owned restaurants and bars in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.  For more information and to apply, click here.  

Jacksonville Businesses Small Business Relief and Employee Retention Grant Program

In partnership with VyStar Credit Union, the City of Jacksonville’s COVID-19 Small Business Relief and Employee Retention Grant program will provide low-cost loans with less stringent underwriting requirements and flexible repayment terms. Maximum loan amounts are $100,000 with a fixed interest rate of 5.99%. Loan approval and funding should take place in 3-5 days.  To apply, interested businesses and nonprofits should visit VyStarCU.org/CoronaVirus and fill out the application.

St. Johns County Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program

Beginning Wednesday, May 13, St. Johns County-based businesses may apply to the program for up to $5,000 in emergency grant funding. Funds may only be used for rent, mortgage, utilities, or payroll through June 2020. Funds are limited and will be awarded on a first-submitted, eligible, and approved application basis. Non-profit organizations or businesses not located in St. Johns County, engaged in any illegal activity, or based within a home are not eligible for the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program. For more information, please email eag@sjcfl.us or call 904.209.6050.

St. Johns County Back to Business Grant Program

St. Johns County is committed to supporting local businesses that have suffered economic damage from the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to assist local businesses with employee retention and recovery efforts, St. Johns County is now offering the St. Johns County Back to Business Grant Program. The program offers up to $10,000 in grant funding for eligible businesses to assist with expenses related to rent or mortgage, utilities, and payroll. The program application will be available on www.sjcfl.us beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26. For more information on the St. Johns County Back to Business Grant Program and eligibility requirements, please email btb@sjcfl.us or call 904.209.1278.

Orange County’s Small Business Grant Program

Orange County’s Small Business Grant Program will invest $72.9 million into Orange County small businesses. The Program will allow approximately 6,500 qualifying small businesses access to $10,000 in grant money to cover normal business expenses, including employee wages, vendor bills, and rent to help offset the temporary loss of revenue due to COVID-19. Federal Cares Act provides the funding for this County program. The application period opens June 8, 2020. For a full list of criteria and required documents, click here.

Seminole County Small Business Grant Program

Understanding the impacts of COVID-19 on our economy, particularly on small businesses, the Seminole County Office of Economic Development is administering an emergency grant program for Seminole County-based small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the current COVID-19 crisis. The pre-application process begins Monday, June 1, 2020, 8:00 AM EST and closes Friday, June 19 at 12:00 PM EST.  For complete details, click here.