Polk County’s Board of County Commissioners has approved a plan that will help small business owners left struggling financially from COVID-19 pandemic business closures.

In late April, the county received funds from the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grant meant to provide relief to small businesses and residents who were either furloughed or laid off from their jobs.  Assistance will help small businesses to remain open or reopen.

Funding levels are as follows:

  • $2,000 for those who are self-employed or 1 employee
  • $5,000 for businesses with 2 – 9 employees
  • $10,000 for businesses with 10 – 50 employees.

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The fastest way to apply is online. 

Please click here to access a printable application that may be returned via postal mail. It is estimated that applications completed this way may take an additional 5 to 10 business days to receive and process.

A call center available to answer questions regarding Polk County’s CARES Program will be available from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Friday.

The call center telephone number is (863) 298-7500.

Click here for a listing of grant recipients.