Pinellas CARES
Small Business Grant

May 4, 2020 - Pinellas CARES Small Business Grants of $5,000

Small businesses in need of emergency funding can now apply online for the Pinellas CARES Small Business Grant . This program provides one-time $5,000 grants to help offset the significant, temporary loss of revenue to these qualified businesses during this pandemic, and to assist businesses in retaining and paying employees.

The County has initially identified up to $35 million in emergency relief funds to support the small businesses hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. This program is limited to businesses with a commercial location in the County. Funds are available as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act federal stimulus package.

Regardless of whether a business is eligible for this program, it may still qualify for other existing funding programs. Visit the Pinellas County Economic Development website for a list of municipal, federal and state programs assisting businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Program Overview
  • $5,000 for qualifying small businesses with a physical location in Pinellas County (1-25 full-time employees, or equivalent part-time employees, including the owner).
  • Restaurants, bars, short-term lodging and other non-essential businesses impacted by the local or state safer-at-home orders are eligible.
  • Larger businesses, non-profits and home-based businesses are not eligible.
  • Funds can only be used to reimburse the cost of business interruption caused by required closures provided those costs are not paid by insurance or by another federal program. Such costs may include employee wages, vendors, rent or other business expenses.
  • No reimbursement is required.

For detailed information about the program, including:
Pinellas County is under a Local State of Emergency. Citizens with questions or concerns can call the Citizen Information Center at (727) 464-4333 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Those with hearing impairment can chat online at