Volusia County hosts panel discussions to provide information to the community about financial assistance that’s available to businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
The County of Volusia is allocating up to $10 million in emergency relief to support local businesses with a commercial presence within the County who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds are available as part of the Coronavirus Aids, Relief, and Economic Security ("CARES") Act federal stimulus package. As a part of that relief, the County is offering emergency financial support through the Relaunch Volusia: Small Business Reopening Grant Program on a first come first serve basis.
On May 26, the Volusia County Council approved a $2.5 million grant program to assist nonprofit agencies in the county that have sustained financial impacts from the coronavirus crisis. Qualifying nonprofits may apply for a one-time assistance grant. Qualifying nonprofits that have up to 25 full-time employees or the part-time equivalent may be eligible to receive a one-time grant of $3,000. Qualifying nonprofits with 26 or more full-time employees or the part-time equivalent may be eligible for a one-time grant of $5,000. Assistance will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.
The grant application window is now open. The application, along with a complete list of the eligibility criteria, is posted at https://www.volusiabusinessresources.com.
$3 million in emergency financial support has been allocated to help home-based businesses. Businesses must:
Home-based businesses that meet the eligibility criteria can qualify for a one-time grant of $1,500 that can be used to offset the negative financial impact they experienced and to help defray the cost of reopening or relaunching their business.
Owners of home-based businesses in Volusia County that have or are in the process of receiving a COVID-19 rent or mortgage assistance grant from the county don’t qualify for the home-based business grant program.
$1 million has been allocated to purchase protective equipment for local businesses. The county purchased the protective equipment in bulk quantities and the local chambers of commerce will assemble approximately 7,000 supply kits. The distribution plan is being coordinated through the Volusia County Chamber Alliance. The money for the aid is coming from the federal coronavirus relief funds that the county has received through the CARES Act.
PPE kits will be distributed through the Volusia County Chamber Alliance from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on dates and locations as follows:
Businesses may receive up to two kits and must prove eligibility with a business card indicating they represent a Volusia County business, as well as sign that they received the product. Businesses may visit any site.