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COVID-19 Funding for Businesses

Pinellas County updated Social Distancing Guidance


More COVID-19 Information for businesses

Pinellas Municipal Programs

  • Largo, application open 

Federal & SBA Funding Options - Contact your bank/lender directly or SBA at  (800) 659-2955

State of Florida Funding Options - 

Local Resources for Business in Pinellas

Resources for Employers/Employees

Other Resources


Pinellas CARES Local Small Business Grants: 

Pinellas CARES is now offering expanded grant funding for Pinellas-based businesses most affected by the pandemic: those that were required to shut down or whose customers were required to shut down or stop doing business.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to take their time to submit a full application, including all required documentation, for the quickest response. Grant awards will be made based on complete and eligible applications, not based on how early a partial application is submitted – submitting an incomplete application will delay the review process.


Businesses that make $3 million or less in gross annual revenue may qualify for up to $10,000 in grant assistance based on a sliding scale. A detailed list of all program qualifications and the online application can be found at:


Other Pinellas County Programs

Federal funding options for businesses. Information/Questions: Please contact your local lender or SBAs Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955

Assistance for Individuals and Families

Pinellas Cares for Individuals and Families
Individuals, families and small businesses hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for emergency financial assistance through the County with the new Pinellas CARES fund. Pinellas CARES Financial Assistance supports eligible individuals and families who have lost their jobs or significant income due to COVID-19 with one-time assistance paying overdue rent, mortgage and utility bills. Payments will be disbursed directly to the utility, mortgage or other eligible agency to which the individual bills are due. Individuals can apply for one-time assistance by contacting 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares: Text COVIDCARES to 898211. Applicants will be asked to send proof of Pinellas residency, job loss and other information to qualify. This fund aims to help those in the greatest need, so income restrictions apply.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (even if you did not qualify before, you may qualify now)
Unemployment Benefits Assistance at The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program provides unemployment benefits to those that may not otherwise be eligible under Florida’s state Reemployment Assistance program, including independent contractors and individuals who are self-employed. Individuals who have been impacted by COVID-19 and believe they may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, can visit and select "File a Claim" to apply and be considered for PUA. 


State of Florida funding options for Business: 

Resources for Employers/Employees

Report economic damages at the COVID-19 survey: The survey, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement economic relief programs for businesses can begin. 


Due to COVID-19, our staff is working remotely and face-to-face meetings have been suspended. The health and safety of our staff and clients is our priority.

Please call (727) 464-7332 for business services. We hope to resume our in-person services very soon.  Thank you for your understanding.


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