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COVID-19 Funding for Businesses

Pinellas County updated Social Distancing Guidance

More COVID-19 Information for businesses

Pinellas Municipal Programs

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


05/04/20: Pinellas CARES Small Business Grants will assist local businesses that had to close or significantly reduce operations due to the pandemic and the resulting statewide orders to curb the spread of the virus. Grants are limited to businesses with a commercial location in the county.  This program will offer $5,000 grants to small businesses to cover expenses such as employee wages, vendor bills and mortgage or rent costs. This program is strictly limited to businesses physically located in Pinellas County.

  • 1st: Visit to check if your business is eligible to read all of the eligibility requirements and gather the documentation needed to apply. The more quickly you submit an accurate and "complete" application with all questions answered and the documentation uploaded, the more quickly our team can assist you.
  • 2nd: If you still have questions or need help, please email or(727) 453-7200

Other Pinellas County Programs

Pinellas Municipal Grant 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. 


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