The Alachua County CARES Act Online Business Grants are now available for submission. Individual Assistance Grant applications continue to be open to residents who require assistance.
At their special meeting on August 3, 2020, the Alachua County Commission approved the Alachua County Care Law process for the distribution of these federal dollars. Alachua County will receive an allocation of approximately $46.9 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”). These funds can be used for necessary expenses incurred for the COVID-19 emergency response. This program is for Alachua County residents and businesses only.
“Many people and businesses in our community are in dire straits,” said Alachua County Commission Chairman Robert Hutchinson. “As our community continues to come together to do what is necessary to fight this insidious virus, the county is doing everything in its power to get this money into the hands of those who need it most to survive. ensure they can pay their rent, mortgage, utilities and other expenses.
The website and application form are mobile-friendly. We strongly recommend that you read the Frequently Asked Questions page before completing your applications. The site offers:
- Application Instructions
- A section of frequently asked questions
- A link to the app
The application process will be opened in phases as follows:
- Individual Aid Scholarships open August 4, 2020 ($21.1 million)
- Grants for small and medium-sized businesses opened August 10, 2020 ($15 million)
- Grants to intergovernmental organizations started August 17, 2020 ($8.3 million)
If you need help, particularly if you are not comfortable with the online application, there is a live chat facility on the website and a Cares Act helpline on (352 ) 309-2505. The live chat and helpline are open 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. At first, we expect a very high call volume and ask for your patience if the line is busy.