Pinellas County announced the release of their $35 million small business fund, now open for applications by eligible businesses.
Like the St. Petersburg Fighting Chance Fund, this county fund will award a one-time $5000 per eligible business to offset the temporary losses from the COVID pandemic. Importantly, businesses that have already received the Fighting Chance Fund or other local funds
may still be eligible for the county fund, as long as the funds are covering costs that are
not being covered by insurance or reimbursed under any federal program.
In addition, eligibility provisions include:
• the business must be physically located in a commercial space within Pinellas County and in operation at least since Oct. 1, 2019;
• the business must be one with no more than 25 full-time employees;
• the business can be a restaurant, bar, short-term lodging and other non-essential business impacted by the local or state safer-at-home orders;
• the business cannot be a non-profit or home-based business, or one publicly traded
For a full list of requirements and the application process, go to the Pinellas County CARES webpage (