Pinellas County residents and businesses can now apply for one-time payments worth thousands of dollars to struggling families and small businesses suffering under the COVID-19 pandemic.
The payments of up to $4,000 will help stabilize low-income individuals and families. Likewise, small businesses with fewer than 25 employees could receive a one-time payment of $5,000 to cover employee wages, vendor bills and rent, according to the county. The county received $170 million from the CARES Act, a federal stimulus package.
County administrator Barry Burton told commissioners that none of the money is going to local governments.
The grants to help individuals and families, called the Pinellas CARES Financial Assistance Program, is being coordinated with 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares. Residents can apply here: https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/pinellascaresindividual/
If residents meet all the qualifications on the dedicated website, they can text COVIDCARES to 898211 to start the application process. You’ll be asked to send pictures or documentation to show you meet the qualifications. Applications will be processed from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For businesses, the CARES Small Business Grants will assist businesses that had to close or reduce operations during the pandemic. Grants are limited to businesses with a location in Pinellas County. Application details can be found here: https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/pinellascaresbusiness/
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