Business Update for those Facing the Impact of COVID-19
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
We continue to provide our business community with the latest updates and tools from the City of Miami Beach during this pandemic.
SOBEWFF & FIU Chaplin School Hospitality Industry Relief Fund
On August 4, as part of the Miami-Dade County Business Grant Program, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez provided the Fund with a $5 million grant to be earmarked and distributed to eligible hospitality employees who work in Miami-Dade County. As a result, this next round of funding will specifically support employees of independently owned and operated restaurants, hotel restaurants, bars and caterers in Miami-Dade County whose businesses have been significantly impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Grants will be provided to eligible establishments that have had to temporarily cease operations, lay off employees or whose businesses have been severely diminished due to locally mandated closure orders. Financial support will enable those owners to provide continuity of compensation to employees who have been furloughed, laid off or whose incomes have been significantly reduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The disbursement of funds from this new grant will be processed by United Way of Miami-Dade. Eligibility criteria can be found here. Applications will be accepted beginning today, Wednesday, August 12 at 12 p.m. EST and can be found here along with Miami-Dade County eligibility requirements.
Miami-Dade County's Hospitality Industry Grant (HIG) Program
Local, independently-owned and operated restaurants and non-home-based caterers impacted by COVID-19 are eligible to apply for relief monies through the Miami-Dade County Hospitality Industry Grant Program.

The $30 million HIG program will be calculated based on individual percentages of eligible costs incurred, with a maximum award of $25,000 per establishment. The program will award grants to a maximum of two (2) establishments per restaurant/hospitality group. Priority will be given to applicants that have a single establishment. If an applicant has two or more establishments and requests assistance for both, then a single application must be submitted. Learn more and apply here.
RISE Loan Program
The RISE Loan program is now open to Miami-Dade County businesses impacted by COVID-19. The maximum loan amount a business can receive is $30,000. 
To be eligible, a business must operate within Miami-Dade County, be in operation for a minimum of 2-years, have gross sales of less than $2 Million and have 25 or fewer employees or independent contractors. Complete details on this program are available here.
Career Source South Florida COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund
Are you a small business and/or Community Base Organization (CBO) in need of assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic? CareerSource South Florida is here to help!

CareerSource South Florida (CSSF) announces the COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund, which is designed to provide support to small businesses within Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, facing financial impacts and potential layoffs from the coronavirus pandemic. The fund will provide grants to small businesses and/or CBO’s experiencing economic distress with the goal of preventing potential layoffs or minimizing the duration of unemployment resulting from COVID-19 layoffs.
Eligible businesses and/or CBOs may receive up to $10,000.00 in COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund grant funds. CSSF will utilize the following scale to award grants:
  • 3–10 employees up to $5,000.00
  • 11–25 employees up to $7,500.00
  • 26–50 employees up to $10,000.00

Please see the CSSF COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund Policy for eligibility requirements here. Applications must be submitted through your local chamber. Select an entity from the list below to be directed to the application:

  • Greater Key West Chamber of Commerce, click here.
  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, click here.
  • Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce, click here.
  • CAMACOL-Latin Chamber of Commerce of U.S.A, click here.
  • Miami-Dade Beacon Council, click here.
  • Tools for Change, click here.
To request assistance as an impacted business or employee, please email with your contact information and needs. All inquiries will be responded to via phone or email by a Resource Agent.

For a full listing of resources and information visit
View our frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19 or email