Small Business Grant Program (CARES)

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Flagler County will invest a total of $10 million into the Small Business Grant Program to provide emergency financial support for qualified small businesses. The program will target small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic due to orders to close or limit operations. Funds are available as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act federal stimulus package.

The Program will allow small businesses access to grant money to help cover business expenses, including employee wages, mortgage, rent, vendor invoices, utility bills, payroll and other costs to help offset the financial impact due to business interruption or closures as a result of COVID-19. An applicant may be asked to provide additional documentation to demonstrate a loss of revenue upon further review. Any application from a business that was forced to shut down due to a Governors Executive Order, will be processed first. Funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis until the funds are depleted.

Funding will be made available to a limited number of small businesses that meet specific requirements set by the Flagler County CARES Small Business Grant Program. Applicants that received funding from any other program such as PPP and EIDL, may still apply however any funds received cannot be duplicated. A qualified small businesses that can attest that they were negatively impacted by COVID-19 include funding levels for those as follows:

  • Tier I: Sole Proprietor $3,000
  • Tier II: Businesses with 2-12 Full Time Equivalent Employees $7,500
  • Tier III: Businesses with 13-25 Full Time Equivalent Employees $15,000
  • Tier IV: Businesses with 26-50 Full Time Equivalent Employees $35,000
  • Tier V: Businesses with 51-100 Full Time Equivalent Employees $50,000

The grant is targeted specifically to help local small businesses with a principal location in Flagler County established prior to March 1, 2020. All applicants will be required to affirm and upload relevant business documents to be considered for the program including a signed affidavit. A copy of the affidavit can be found HERE.
Home-based businesses and 501(c)(3) non-profits with required documentation are included in the program.


How to Apply: Step-by-Step