What is CollierCARES?

CollierCARES is the program through which Collier County is rolling out the more than $67 million in recently allocated coronavirus relief funds. This funding is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act federal stimulus package.

The funds include six broad initiatives:

healthcare icon $20 million for community health and services initiatives. This includes nonprofits, community health and public safety providers as well as 501(c)(19) veterans organizations.
food icon $5 million food pantries/food banks administered through the Community Foundation of Collier County.
individual assistance icon $15 million for individual assistance. These funds will be distributed to qualified residents for assistance with past due rent, mortgage, childcare, and utility payments.
small business icon $10 million for small business relaunch and rehire grants. This includes hospitality marketing efforts for those in the hospitality sector.
ppe icon $5 million for personal protective equipment (PPE). This involves providing kits to small businesses, health and public safety and nonprofits in Collier County that are heavily involved with public interaction.
child care icon $5 million for childcare facilities.
reserve icon $7 million in community reserve and replenishment.

How can the money be spent?

Relief funding must be used on incurred expenses related to COVID-19 between March 1 and December 30, 2020. Some examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical Expenses – Emergency medical response expenses;
  • Public Health – Communication and enforcement, medical and protective supplies, and disinfection;
  • Payroll Expenses for Public Safety and Public Health Services – Employees whose job duties are substantially committed to the COVID-19 response; and,
  • Actions to Facilitate Compliance with Public Health Measures – Sanitation measures, food stability and unforeseen teleworking costs; and,
  • Past due rent, mortgage, utility, and childcare – Open to Collier County residents at-large.
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For more information about the CollierCARES program, call (239) 252-8999 or dial 311 within Collier County.

Applications Page
Frequently Asked Questions
CollierCARES Funding Allocations Presentation to the Board

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