Coronavirus, a new virus prevailing from December 2019

From Seminole County 

The State of Florida has allocated $82 million to Seminole County in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds, which are intended to address the economic consequences due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Seminole County Board of County Commissioners has approved Seminole CARES, a comprehensive relief package supporting County businesses, residents, not-for-profits, and local government entities.

Seminole CARES proposes 100% of the initial disbursement of CARES Act funds from the State of Florida be allocated towards the County businesses, residents, and not-for-profits hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The County Commission has allocated $10 million towards Seminole CARES Small Business Grants, $7 million towards Seminole CARES Individual Grants, and up to $3 million towards Seminole CARES Not-For-Profit Grants.

Seminole CARES Small Business Grant FAQ 7_31

Seminole County will invest $10 million into small businesses as part of Seminole CARES, a broad relief program supporting the needs of business owners, residents, not-for-profits, and municipal and community partners.

This one-time grant places emphasis on small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the global pandemic. Funding for this program is made available through the Federal CARES Act.

County staff and community partners are making every effort to disburse grants in a timely manner while following U.S. Department of Treasury funding requirements. The online application portal for Seminole CARES Small Business Grants is scheduled to launch on Wednesday, August 19 at 10AM. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to prepare for the application process by compiling required documents and application content prior to the portal launch in order to expedite the process. Grants for both programs will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.  Additional details regarding the launch of the online application portal, the application process, and funding timeline will be posted to this site. Please visit SeminoleCares.com and follow Seminole County social media platforms (FacebookTwitter) for further updates.

To sign up for email notifications regarding the launch of the application portal, visit www.seminolecountyfl.gov, click BUSINESS, then click SIGN UP FOR NOTIFICATIONS.

Grants will be based upon the number of employees:

$5,000:

•    Home-based

•    Mobile businesses

•    Commercially zoned businesses with up to one W-2 employee

$10,000:

•     Commercially zoned businesses with 2 – 25 employees

$15,000

•     Commercially zoned businesses with 26 – 50 employees

For additional information go to www.SeminoleCares.com.

Seminole CARES Individual Grants FAQs_7_31

In addition to the $10M dedicated to small businesses, Seminole County will invest $7 million towards individual assistance as part of the Seminole CARES program, a broad relief program supporting the needs of business owners, residents, not-for-profits, and municipal and community partners.

This one-time grant places emphasis on Seminole County residents that have been negatively impacted by the global pandemic. Funding for this program is made available through the Federal CARES Act.

The online application portal for Seminole CARES Individual Assistance Grants is scheduled to launch on Wednesday, August 26. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to prepare for the application process by compiling required documents and application content prior to the portal launch in order to expedite the process. Grants for both programs will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Additional details regarding the launch of the online application portal, the application process, and funding timeline will be posted to this site. Please continue to visit SeminoleCares.com and follow Seminole County social media platforms (FacebookTwitter) for further updates.

The maximum amount of assistance provided per household is $5,000. This includes rent or mortgage assistance, utility assistance (gas, electric, and water utilities only) and up to $200 in gift cards for food or basic needs. Only one individual per household may apply.

For more information on both programs and FAQ visit: www.SeminoleCares.com

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