The Levy County CARES grant Program opens today. Funded by an allocation to Levy County from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES ACT”), through the State of Florida Division of Emergency Management, is to be used in assisting local governments in the recovery process from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Levy County created the Levy County CARES Program to distribute the majority of the County’s initial award of CARES Act funds. Awards through the initial funding of the Levy County CARES Program will be used to assist businesses whose principal address is located within the boundaries of Levy County (unincorporated and incorporated areas), as reported to the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations (“Florida Division of Corporations”) or other credible source documentation, in recouping costs associated with business interruption or expenses caused by required closures, suspensions of business, voluntary closures or decreased customer demand due to the COVID-19 public health emergency or related Executive Orders issued by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis or other federal, state or local agencies (“Executive Orders”). These funds must be allocated completely on or before December 30, 2020. A small portion of the initial award of CARES Act funds to the County may be used to fund County costs for administration of the Levy County CARES Program and other COVID-19 related County costs. Additional CARES Act funding may be distributed to Levy County at a future date.
As part of the CARES Act, the Levy County Board of County Commissioners (“BOCC”), in partnership with the State of Florida Division of Emergency Management, is proud to provide direct funds through the Levy County CARES Program to local businesses who have suffered from business interruptions, closures, suspensions, reduced customer demand, or increased expenditures or other hardships resulting from the COVD-19 public health emergency or related Executive Orders.
The Levy County CARES Program consists of one-time fixed-amount grants to qualifying Levy County based small businesses with up to 50 employees to aid in their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and related business interruptions, closures, suspensions, reduced customer demand or increased expenditures. The grants are targeted specifically to help local for-profit businesses with their principal address located within the boundaries of Levy County, as reported to the Florida Division of Corporations or other credible source documentation.
The fixed grant amounts will be based on number of an applicant’s employees as of February 29, 2020. The definition of employee includes the owner of the business, plus any person that is employed full-time, part-time, or on a seasonal basis by the grant applicant. The grant amounts, based on number of employees, are as follows:
- Self-Employed: $1,500
- 2 to 10 employees: $5,000
- 11-25 employees: $10,000
- 26-50 employees: $15,000