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

In late April 2020, 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.

The Polk CARES Small Business Relief Grant Program application is now closed. The final day to submit an application for small business assistance was 11:59 p.m. on Friday, July 17, 2020. 

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A call center is 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.