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Program Details

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Small Business

Individual Assistance

Small Business Assistance Program

Overview

Seminole County has received funds from the U.S. Department of the Treasury intended to drive the local economy and put citizens back to work. Our program places an emphasis on small businesses that have been economically injured by COVID-19. The County-wide program covers unincorporated areas and all municipalities.

Qualifying Criteria

To qualify, your business must:

  • Be primarily based in Seminole County (physical location)
  • Be a for-profit business
  • NOT be publicly traded
  • Have been in operation since before January 1, 2020
  • Be currently open for business
  • Be legally registered, fully licensed (as required by applicable law), and up to date on tax payments/filings
  • Have been forced to close (deemed non-essential) by the government, OR experienced economic injury due to COVID-19
  • Have NOT received more than $100,000 of assistance through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
  • NOT employ more than 50 employees
  • NOT be associated with gambling, CBD/medical marijuana, or adult entertainment industries
  • NOT have received assistance through Phase 1 of Seminole CARES COVID-19 Relief for Small Businesses

To determine whether your business was forced to close, refer to the list here.

Award Value

The amount of money you receive is dependent on the size of your business:

  • Home-based businesses: $5,000
  • Mobile businesses: $5,000
  • Commercially zoned businesses with up to one W-2 employee (e.g. hair salons): $5,000
  • Commercially zoned businesses with 2 to 25 W-2 employees (full-time employees or part-time equivalent): $10,000
  • Commercially zoned businesses with 26 to 50 W-2 employees (full-time employees or part-time equivalent): $15,000

Businesses with 51+ employees are NOT eligible for this program.

Application Requirements

Depending on your business type, you will need to attach the following to your application:

  • Signed W-9: the name of the business on the W-9 must match the business name in Sunbiz, on this application, and on the 2019 Seminole County tax receipt.
  • Florida ID: a scanned copy of the front of your Florida driver’s license or identification card. The name must match the applicant name for this application, as well as one of the names associated with the business in Sunbiz.
  • Proof of economic injury: evidence of economic injury due to COVID-19. This can be:
    • Your quarterly Profit & Loss (P&L) statements from both January-March 2020 and April-June 2020; OR
    • Your quarterly Form 941s from both January-March 2020 and April-June 2020 (Taxpayer ID on these forms must match both W-9 and Sunbiz).
  • Proof of employee count (for businesses of 2-50 employees ONLY): Please provide a Form W-3 or quarterly Form 941 from January-March 2020. Taxpayer ID on these documents must match both W-9 and Sunbiz.
  • Seminole County 2019 tax receipt: you must show you are up to date with your County taxes to receive funding through this program (click here to download a copy of your receipt).

Businesses with 0-1 employee (including the applicant) do not need to provide proof of employee count.

If you are unsure about whether your documentation is acceptable, please call us for assistance at 877-298-3539.

Additional Disclosures

Additional Terms & Conditions for all applications are located here. When you submit an application, you agree to these Terms & Conditions, so please make sure you read them before you apply. Here are some additional details about the funding source for this program:

  • Federal award identification: Coronavirus Relief Fund
  • FAIN number: SLT0050
  • Federal award date: April 22, 2020
  • Federal award project description: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act") established the $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund ("the Fund"). Payments must be used for necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19) between March 1, 2020, to December 30, 2020. Payments must be used to cover costs that were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020. Governments otherwise have broad discretion to utilize payments for expenditures ranging from COVID-19 testing to reimbursing small businesses for the costs of business interruption caused by required closures.
  • Federal awarding agency: U.S. Dept. of the Treasury
  • Pass-through entity: Seminole County, Florida
  • CFDA number: 21.019
  • CFDA name: Coronavirus Relief Fund
  • R&D designation: Non-R&D

Individual Assistance Program

Overview

Seminole County has received funds from the U.S. Department of the Treasury intended to provide support and financial relief to residents impacted by a loss or reduction of employment income due to COVID-19, and the resulting economic environment. Funds should be used to cover the financial obligation of rent or mortgage. This County-wide program covers unincorporated areas and all municipalities and will remain open as long as funds are available.

Qualifying Criteria

To qualify, you must:

  • Be a Seminole County resident
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Have experienced a loss or reduction of employment income due to COVID-19 (after March 1, 2020)
  • Be currently responsible for paying rent or mortgage on your primary residence
  • Be currently responsible for paying utilities for your primary residence
  • Have NOT received rent, mortgage, or utility assistance from Seminole County since March 1, 2020

Award Details

If you have experienced a loss or reduction in employment income, you may be eligible for up to three (3) months of rent/mortgage and utilities assistance. The maximum total award amount through this program is $5,000, subject to availability of funds.

Application Requirements

If there is a discrepancy between the answers you provide and the documents you attach, processing may be delayed, or you may not qualify for financial assistance at all.

You will need to attach the following documents to your application:

  • Valid Florida driver’s license or ID card: scanned copy of the front of your valid Florida driver’s license or identification card
  • Full lease or mortgage (in your name): copy of your lease (all pages) or latest mortgage statement (all pages) (must show your name or the name of someone in your household)
  • Latest utility bills: Copy of your latest utility bills from each of your electric, water, and/or gas providers (must have your name or the name of someone in household on them)
  • Signed Duke Energy release form (blank version here)
  • Proof of loss of wages: choose an option below (any evidence you provide must have YOUR name on it)
    • Copy of last full paycheck (pre-COVID impact) AND copy of a reduced paycheck after March 1, 2020
    • Furlough or lay-off letter from employer
    • Unemployment statement
    • Company-issued proof of loss statement
    • Profit & Loss statement for self-employed individuals (click here for an example)

If you are unsure about whether your documentation is acceptable, please call us for assistance at 877-330-1818.

If you are approved for financial assistance, payment will be made directly to the landlord or mortgage company and/or utility provider on your behalf. Please make sure all of this information is correct or your application may be rejected.

Additional Disclosures

Here are some additional details about the funding source for this program:

When you submit an application, you agree to these Terms & Conditions, so please make sure you read them before you apply. Here are some additional details about the funding source for this program:

  • Federal award identification: Coronavirus Relief Fund
  • FAIN number: SLT0050
  • Federal award date: April 22, 2020
  • Federal award project description: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act") established the $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund ("the Fund"). Payments must be used for necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19) between March 1, 2020, to December 30, 2020. Payments must be used to cover costs that were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020. Governments otherwise have broad discretion to utilize payments for expenditures ranging from COVID-19 testing to reimbursing small businesses for the costs of business interruption caused by required closures.
  • Federal awarding agency: U.S. Dept. of the Treasury
  • Pass-through entity: Seminole County, FL
  • CFDA number: 21.019
  • CFDA name: Coronavirus Relief Fund
  • R&D designation: Non-R&D