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Posted on: May 18, 2020

POLK CARES 2020 FUND

BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS CAN APPLY FOR COVID-19 ASSISTANCE FROM POLK CARES 2020 FUND

Polk County’s newly approved “Polk Cares 2020” fund will make money available to both businesses and individuals effected by the Coronavirus outbreak.

Applications can be made starting Tuesday, May 19 for up to $5,000 in money for local small businesses, and up to $2,000 for individuals whose work situation has been impacted by the pandemic.

Individuals and/or households may apply for rent, mortgage and utility assistance. Individuals who have lost their job or income due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and reside in a household with combined income of less than $75,000 will be eligible for $2,000 assistance.

On your application, you must confirm that you: Have not received other COVID-19 assistance for rent, mortgage or utility payments and provide documentation, including a valid Florida ID or Florida Driver License, 2019 Income Tax return, or your 2018 tax return and the most recent pay stubs for the past 60 days, proof of loss of income related to COVID-19 impacts due to loss of employment (furlough, lay-off letter from employer, unemployment statement, etc. and a utility invoice, and/or mortgage or rent bill.

Small businesses that can show they were impacted by COVID-19 include funding levels of $1,000 for those who are self-employed, $2,500 for businesses with 2 – 9 employees, and $5,000 for businesses with 10 – 25 employees.

Small business applicants must attest they: Were negatively impacted by COVID-19, have the authority to apply for this grant on behalf of the business, have not received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP); Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL); or benefited from the SBA Debt Relief Program as provided under the CARES Act, will use the grant funds for authorized business expenses only, ill apply for a Polk County Business Tax Receipt if not registered with the Polk County Tax Collector, plan to resume normal operations after emergency guidelines are lifted and shall cooperate with Polk County or appropriate officials for grant auditing purposes.

Complete information about the program can be found www.polk-county.net/polk-cares-2020.

The program is being funded from $126 million in pandemic relief money that came from the federal government to Polk County. Both funds will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis until the allocation is gone. The county has until December 30, 2020 to use this grant. The allocated funds to both small businesses and individuals do not have to be paid back.

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