NEW: Assistance for Local Businesses and Individuals
From the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation:
The Save Small Business Fundopens at 3 PM today! It will provide $5,000 grants to bushiness that employ 3-20 people, are located in an economically vulnerable community, and have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Grab your W-9 and apply herein about 10 minutes!
From St. Petersburg:
The criteria for the Fighting Chance Fund was expanded. If you previously applied and were ineligible, prepare to now to resubmit your application when the new guidelines take effect on April 30th. Those newly eligible include:
Businesses located in St. Petersburg and their employees, even if the owner does not live in St. Petersburg
Businesses that have been in operation for 6 months
Travel agencies and tour operators
From Pinellas County:
Although the City did not qualify for funding through the CARES Act, Pinellas County was just approved! The County Commission is developing a program for businesses and individuals, much like the city’s Fighting Chance Fund. Eligibility requirements will be much more broad because there will be significantly more money available. Stay tuned for more details!
Phase One - Once states see a decline in cases for 14 days, Governors may choose to reopen restaurants, gyms, and places of worship as long as they follow social distancing guidelines.
Phase Two - Once states see a decrease in cases for a month, schools can reopen and nonessential travel can resume.
Phase Three- Once states see a decrease of cases for six weeks, people may visit loved ones in hospitals and assisted living facilities.
On Thursday last week, the Pinellas County Board of Commissioners said only 1% of the local population has been tested. They may reinstate or modify the Safer at Home Ordinance, even after the state Stay at Home Order is lifted, if local conditions warrant it.