New Emergency Grants

Thousands of individuals and local business owners have already received emergency financial relief through the Pinellas CARES program, but more help is available.


For individuals, families and workforce: Financial assistance for overdue rent, mortgage and utility bills up to $5,000 per household for those who lost a job or significant income due to COVID-19.  Learn more

Help for nonprofits and child care providers: Nonprofits that have seen a rise in demand for services and programs due to COVID-19 can apply for assistance through the Pinellas Community Foundation, while licensed child care providers can receive a one-time grant up to $10,000 through the Early Learning Coalition. Learn more

For businesses: New emergency grants now available for Pinellas-based businesses most impacted by the pandemic. Learn more

Qualifying business owners who apply online will be considered for one of the following grants

  • Sliding Scale Grants: $2,500 to $10,000 grants for businesses making between $17,000 and $3 million in gross annual revenue.
  • Health & Safety Matching Grants: up to $10,000 to assist Target Industry businesses in implementing COVID-19-related upgrades and safety precautions.
  • Business Diversity and Arts Micro-Grants: business owners with barriers to participation in other grant programs may be eligible for direct financial assistance and professional services, including business planning and document prep for grant applications.
  • Find Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) here:

CARES Funds can only be used to reimburse losses caused by COVID-19 that are not paid by insurance or by another federal grant or program. These costs may include employee wages, vendors, rent or other business expenses.

Businesses that have already applied for or received funding from local city grant programs are still eligible for this program, and businesses that apply for this program may also apply for current or future local city grants.

Review details and apply online


Here’s how community organizations can help get this information
and assistance to more people: