COLLIER CARES RELIEF FUNDING PROGRAM

Collier County is dispersing funds received from the Coronavirus Relief portion of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act federal stimulus package. Please call (239) 252-8999 or dial 311 within Collier County, for more information.

Application deadlines:

  • Nonprofits, Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Community Health Care and Public Safety Assistance
    Applications are closed.
  • Licensed Childcare Facilities
    Applications are closed.
  • Individual Assistance with Past Due Rent, Mortgage, Utilities and Childcare
    Applications are closed.
  • Small Business Relaunch and Rehire
    Applications are closed.

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Applications are closed. Below is a snapshot of the funding status. Please note this information is updated frequently.

Non Profit funding available $20,000,000

Who is eligible to apply?

  • 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(19) nonprofit organizations;
  • Collier County hospitals;
  • Nursing homes;
  • Community health providers;
  • Public safety providers, such as municipal police departments, Collier County Sheriff’s Office, fire departments; and,
  • Non-Collier County Board of Collier County Commissioners’ public safety providers.

What is needed to apply?

A comprehensive list of documentation is listed on the application, but all the necessary business financials, tax ID, policies relating to fiscal management, fraud, procurement, audit, organizational chart – these are just a sample of the items requested.

If I am a for-profit, is our agency still eligible?

Yes, so long as your agency is a nursing home or hospital.

Are there any types of expenditures not eligible under this program?

  • Donor reimbursements;
  • Bonuses or raises;
  • Hazard pay;
  • Severance pay for laid off employees;
  • Legal settlements;
  • Any expenditures that do not have a direct tie to COVID-19;
  • Expenses prior to March 1, 2020; and,

Any expenses that do not have proper documentation to substantiate the expense(s).

When will I hear back?

The review and approval process can take up to 60 days.  It is imperative that all the required documentation be submitted timely to help in expediting this process.

How can I spend the funds?

Funds can be used for essential COVID-19 related expenses, so long as insurance or another federal assistance program has not already paid for these expenses. Examples include:

  • Expand funding for Collier County nonprofits to provide services to residents seeking assistance with homelessness, counseling and health services;
  • Reimbursement of increased operating expenses associated with response to the public health emergency;
  • Community education campaigns related to COVID-19 best practices;
  • Public safety medical expenses;
  • Provide support to nonprofit facilities for sanitation and improvement of social distancing measures to enable compliance with COVID-19 public health precautions; and,
  • Safe-at-work mitigation.

Specific assistance for hospitals, nursing homes and community health providers includes, but is not limited to:

  • Medical transportation;
  • Rapid test kits;
  • Establishing and operating a telemedicine platform; and,
  • Enhanced contact tracing and data collection.

Applications are closed. Below is a snapshot of the funding status. Please note this information is updated frequently.

Child Care funding available $2,902,338

Which childcare programs are included in the assistance program?

All licensed child daycare facilities and Collier County Parks programs are eligible.

What type of documentation is needed in order to apply?

Invoices and documentation supporting funding request, tax ID number, Sunbiz registration, copy of operating license, proof of residency, Current year operating budget, business financials, including IRS tax return and bank statements, DUNS number and SAM.gov registration. Please see the online application for additional documents required.

Is there a limit?

No, there is not a limit; however, the Collier County Board of County Commissioners has set aside up to $5 million in assistance and it is available on a first-come, first-qualified basis. This allocation is to serve facilities and individuals.

How can I use these funds?

  • Facility change to accommodate social distancing requirements
  • Rehire of personnel
  • Additional personnel
  • Marketing – notifications that you are open and in compliance with CDC guidelines
  • PPE
  • Sanitization/Cleaning

Applications are closed. Below is a snapshot of the funding status. Please note this information is updated frequently.

Individual Assistance funding available $14,257,111

Who can apply?

Individuals and families who have lost jobs, been furloughed or have experienced a reduction of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and need one-time financial assistance paying past due rent, mortgage payments, utility payments, and/or childcare expenses.

Is there a limit?

Individuals will be awarded one-time assistance up to $11,250 per household based on their specific documented needs, such as past due utility (electric only) bills or overdue rent, mortgage payments, or childcare payments, that have accumulated due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. You will be required to provide documentation of these needs as described below.  The maximum for housing and utility is $10,000. Childcare assistance has a separate maximum award of $1,250.

What is needed to apply?

A comprehensive list of documentation is listed on the application, but all the necessary income documentation, acknowledgement forms, lease or mortgage statement, child care bill are just a few of the required documents.

What can the funds be used for?

Funds can be used for essential household expenses, such as rent, mortgage, utility bills, and childcare so long as these expenses have not already been paid for by another federal assistance program.

How do I qualify?

  • You must prove loss of income directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • You must prove you meet the income guidelines of less than $75,000/year (single person household) or less than $150,000/year (2+ person household).
  • You must be a Collier County and legal U.S. resident.

When will I hear back?

The review process will take as long as necessary to review all documents. Incomplete applications will take significantly longer.

Applications are closed. Below is a snapshot of the funding status. Please note this information is updated frequently.

Small Business funding available $9,750,000

Which businesses qualify for this funding?

Small businesses (50 full-time equivalent (FTE) or fewer  employees) in Collier County that have suffered significant temporary loss of revenue or job losses directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly businesses that have been directly affected by state business closure orders, are eligible. A sample of eligible businesses include hair salons, nail salons, gyms, restaurants, and boutique retail stores.  Sole proprietors with a commercial space may qualify.

Is the money I receive taxable?

Yes. The money is taxable, and your business will receive a 1099.

Is there a stipulation on how I can spend the grant funds?

Funds should cover the cost of business interruption such as normal business expenses, employee wages, vendor bills and rent to help offset the significant temporary loss of revenue to qualified small businesses.

Is my application a public record?

Yes, all documentation is subject to Florida Public Records Law.

What is needed to apply?

A comprehensive list of documentation is listed on the application, but profit and loss statement, acknowledgement forms, are just a few of the required documents.

How can I use these funds?

Funds can be used to reimburse the costs of business interruption caused by required closures, so long as these expenses have not already been paid for by insurance or  another federal assistance program.

Is there a limit?

Eligible small businesses may receive a one-time grant up to $25,000.

What businesses are excluded?

  • Home-based businesses are not eligible.
  • If you receive a 1099, you are considered an employee, not a business owner, and are not eligible. But, there are other federal and state programs that can help you.
  • Wholesalers who sell goods or services to retailers or other businesses.

When will I hear back?

So long as all the required documents are provided in a timely manner and everything is included that has been requested, applications will be processed on a first-come, first-qualified basis and will be processed as quickly as possible.

This is not a separate application, but rather a part of applications as described below.

Who can apply for PPE?

This is part of any non-profit organization, small business, healthcare facilities, public safety agency, childcare and food banks/pantry application.

Is there a limit on how many kits you can request?

Yes, this funding is limited and will need to meet the demands across the County.

What comes in the PPE kits the County is offering?

Each kit may contain 500 masks, 50 face shields, 10 goggles, two-gallon hand sanitizers, two container wipes, 300 gloves and two infrared thermometers.

Applications will be available through the Community Foundation of Collier County. Deadline: Friday, August 7.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Food banks or pantries must have a physical location in Collier County.
  • Food banks or pantries must be operating as a 501 (c)(3) and have a certificate of good standing with the State of Florida Secretary of State.
  • Religious organizations are eligible to apply so long as the food bank or pantry is open to the general public and is free from religious proselytizing.

Is there a limit on how much we can apply for?

Collier County Board of County Commissioners has set aside up to $5 million in emergency food assistance and it is available on a first-come, first-qualified basis.

What can the funding be utilized for?

Storage, food, personnel, marketing, technology sanitization and cleaning, as well as, transportation.

What is needed to apply?

There are several items that may be needed to apply, including a tax ID, proof of 501(c)3 status, Sunbiz registration, and Sam.gov registration, audit or tax forms may be requested as well as your 990 unless not available from Guidestar. For a comprehensive list, please reference the application online.