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Emergency Economic Relief Grant Program

Grants to Florida Businesses and Nonprofits to
Mitigate Financial Losses Related to COVID-19

Agency Type:

Local

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Osceola County Economic Development

Deadline Date:

07/31/20 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Florida small businesses and nonprofit entities in eligible locations to offset revenue losses due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Grant funds may be used for business operating expenses, including payroll, mortgage or rent, utilities, as well as equipment and materials necessary for reopening or operating during social distancing mandates such as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and barriers. Applicants must be located in Osceola County, including businesses within city limits of Kissimmee and St. Cloud. Priority may be given to owners that are also Osceola County residents.

Understanding the impacts of COVID-19 on the economy, particularly on small businesses, Osceola County Economic Development is administering an emergency grant program for locally owned and independently operated small businesses within the county that have been negatively impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

This one-time grant will provide critical support to help offset a portion of lost revenue during this global pandemic, as well as, costs incurred in resuming operations while ensuring guest and staff safety. Eligible businesses will receive emergency funding on a reimbursement basis.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 190499

Estimated Size of Grant:

Eligible businesses may receive emergency funding on a reimbursement basis, based on the following tiers:
- $2,500 for home based businesses
- $5,000 for all businesses with 2-25 employees
- $10,000 for businesses with 26 or more employees

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Small businesses must meet the following criteria to be considered for the Osceola County Emergency Economic Relief Grant Program:
- Locally owned and independently operated, including Non-profit entities and Home-based businesses physically located in Osceola County, including businesses within city limits of Kissimmee and St. Cloud.
- Independently owned and operated franchises (not corporate owned stores) are eligible.
- Business must be at least 51% owned by a Florida resident in accordance with CARES Act guidelines.
- Priority will be given to businesses that did not receive PPP or other emergency funding or loans. However, receiving - PPP or other loans does not disqualify applicants.
- Owners with multiple businesses may only apply for a maximum of one
- Home based businesses (including multiple short term rental units) may only apply for one
- Applicants must complete the Economic Damage Assessment Survey (https://floridadisaster.biz/businessdamageassessments)
- Applicants must register the business through We’ve Opened Safely website (https://www.weveopenedsafely.com/), and commit to adhere to safety best practices.
- Applicants must be current on all County taxes, assessments and fees;
- Applicants must have no outstanding Code Enforcement violations.

Funds may not be utilized to pay bonuses, commissions, dividends or salary increases to owner(s) or investor(s).

Pre-Application Information:

The application process for the CARES Act funded grants begins Monday, June 29, 2020 at 8:00 AM. The application process, and opportunity to provide all supporting documents, is scheduled to close on Friday, July 31st, 2020 at 5:00 PM. Osceola County Government will evaluate the application process periodically to determine whether it will temporarily close, reopen and/or extend.

Timeline:
- Monday, June 29, 2020, 8:00 AM: Updated application process begins. Applications and all supporting documentation shall be submitted and uploaded via the County’s website.
- Applications will be reviewed for completeness by staff as they are received.
- Eligible businesses will be notified via email within two business days of receipt of the application, confirming receipt of the application and all supporting documents, and whether or not the application is considered complete.
- If the application is not completed in its entirety and/or documentation is missing, staff will notify the applicant via email, and application will not processed until such time as it is completed.
- Monday, July 27th at 5:00 PM: Application deadline with all supporting documents.
- Applicants will be notified of grant approval status via email no later than Monday, August 10th.
- Funds will be disbursed upon approval. The County reserves the right to disburse funds after August 10th to owners that have received Federal and/or State dollars in support of these initiatives.
- Applications under this program will be processed in the order they are received while funds last. Priority in processing and/or disbursement may be given to owners that have not received Federal and/or State dollars in support of these initiatives and to owners that are also Osceola County residents.

FAQ: https://www.weveopenedsafely.com/grant-program-faq/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application: https://zoomgrants.com/gprop.asp?donorid=2304&limited=2431

For questions, email economicdevelopment@osceola.org.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida: Osceola County, including the cities of Kissimmee and St. Cloud

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