Where To Get Help

Assistance available to individuals, families, small businesses and nonprofits

Facing financial hardship? Help is available now. The federal, state and local programs below are supported by the American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) and other funds.

I need Emergency Rental Assistance.

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Individuals, Families, Housing & Other Help

Select the help you need to learn more and apply.

I need help paying rent

Pinellas County Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Struggling to pay rent?

Financial help is available through the Pinellas County Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

UPDATE: As of September 2021, the Emergency Rental Assistance Program application process has been streamlined, and eligibility has been expanded to help more renters. Pinellas County residents who experienced a significant reduction in income or increase in costs during the pandemic may now qualify for assistance, even if their financial hardship was not a result of the pandemic.

You may qualify if:

  • You’ve experienced reduced income or increased costs during the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • You’re behind on rent payments or at risk of missing a rent payment  
  • You have a household income at or below 80% of the area median income (AMI). See the table below for household income limits.

Pinellas County 2021 Income Limits (effective April 1, 2021):

Number of
Household
Members
80% of
Area Median
Income (AMI)*
1$41,350
2$47,250
3$53,150
4$59,050
5$63,800
6$68,500
7$73,250
8$77,950

*Area Median Income (AMI) for households in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan area: $72,700

Learn More:

Emergency Rental Assistance Helpline:
855-379-3515 (Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
erap.pinellascounty.fl@tetratech.com 

I need help resolving an eviction

Pinellas Eviction Diversion Program

Overview: The Pinellas Eviction Diversion Program is a new service offered by Community Law Program (“CLP”) which provides no cost virtual mediation services to qualified tenants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and landlords involved in eviction related disputes.

Who is Eligible:

Tenants:

  • Must be a Pinellas County resident
  • Must have been economically impacted by COVID-19
  • Income and asset limitations apply

Landlords:

  • If an agreement is reached during mediation, the landlord must agree to a dismissal of any pending eviction action once the tenant does his/her part under the agreement.

Participation in virtual mediation is currently voluntary, so both parties must agree to participate.  The Program is open to tenants and landlords currently involved in a court case as well as to tenants and landlords who have a disagreement but neither party has filed anything with the Court.

Available Assistance: (1) Free legal help; (2) A neutral third party (mediator) to work with them and their landlord to try to resolve a dispute; (3) Help applying for money to pay past due, future rent, and utilities; (4) Referral for help locating a new place to live along with possible financial assistance relocating if unable to remain in current residence; (5) Referral for financial help with other basic needs.

How to Apply: To apply for help, please call (727) 582-7475 or reach out online at www.pinellasevictiondiversion.org

You will be directed to an Intake Specialist who will ask you questions to see if you qualify for this program.  If you qualify, they will contact the other party and ask them if they are willing to participate in a mediation.  Once everyone agrees to participate, they will schedule a date and time for the mediation.  At this point, you’ll receive additional instructions in writing to help you prepare for your mediation.

Funding Source: Community Law Program

Other Eviction Assistance Programs

I need to sign up for the Child Tax Credit

Child Tax Credit

Overview: The Child Tax Credit is a federal tax credit for parents with dependent children.

Who is Eligible: To be eligible for this benefit program, the child you are claiming the credit for must be under the age of 17.

Available Assistance: Each payment is up to $300 per month for each child under age 6 and up to $250 per month for each child ages 6 through 17.

How to Apply: No application is needed. You must file your taxes using the guidelines posted on the Schedule 8812 Form 1040 or 1040A, Child Tax Credit page. Based on the tax information you provided, the IRS will determine if you qualify and automatically enroll you for advance payments in 2021. You do not need to take any additional action to get advance payments. If you did not get the checks automatically, it’s likely because you do not traditionally file a tax return, but there’s a limited amount of time for families with eligible children to sign up. The IRS non-filer portal will be open through Oct. 15.

Funding Source: Internal Revenue Service

I need help paying for internet service

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

Overview: The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more.

Who is Eligible: A household is eligible if a member of the household meets one of the criteria below:

  • Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline;
  • Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, in the 2019-2020, 2020-2021, or 2021-2022 school year;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program

Available Assistance: The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.

How to Apply: Eligible households must both apply for the program and contact a participating provider to select a service plan.

There are three ways for eligible households to apply:

  1. Contact a participating broadband provider directly to learn about their application process. If you are unable to apply through them directly, you will have to apply using option 2 or 3 below, and then contact a participating provider to select an eligible plan.
  2. Go to GetEmergencyBroadband.org to apply online and to find participating providers near you. After you apply, you will have to contact a participating provider to select an eligible plan.
  3. Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application or print a copy, and return it along with copies of documents showing proof of eligibility to:

Emergency Broadband Support Center

P.O. BOX 7081

London, KY 40742

After you receive a notice that you have qualified for the program, households must contact a participating provider to select an Emergency Broadband Benefit eligible service plan.

Funding Source: Federal Communications Commission


Spectrum Internet Assistance Program

Overview: Qualified households can save on high-speed Internet at a special rate.

Who is Eligible: One or more members of your household must be a recipient of one of the following assistance programs:

  • National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
  • Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the NSLP
  • Supplemental Security Income (for applicants age 65+ only)

Available Assistance: Spectrum makes it simple for qualified households to sign up for low-income Internet assistance.

  • Free Internet modem
  • High-speed Internet at 30 Mbps (wireless speeds may vary)
  • No data caps
  • No contracts
  • Optional in-home WiFi service at $5/mo

How to Apply: You can apply at this link.

Funding Source: Spectrum

I need help paying for a COVID-related funeral

Overview: Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.

Who is Eligible: To be eligible for funeral assistance, you must meet these conditions:

  • You are a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses on or after Jan. 20, 2020.
  • The funeral expenses were for an individual whose death in the United States, including the U.S. territories or the District of Columbia, may have been caused by, or was likely the result of, COVID-19.
  • For deaths that occurred after May 16, 2020, the death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19.
  • For deaths that occurred from Jan. 20 to May 16, 2020, any death certificate that does not attribute the cause of death to COVID-19 must be accompanied by a signed statement listing COVID-19 as a cause or contributing cause of death.
  • The signed statement must be provided by the original certifier of the death certificate or the local medical examiner or coroner from the jurisdiction in which the death occurred.
  • The statement must provide an additional explanation, or causal pathway, linking the cause of death listed on the death certificate to COVID-19.

Available Assistance: COVID-19 Funeral Assistance is limited to a maximum of $9,000 per deceased individual and $35,500 per application, per state, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia, in cases where the applicant incurred funeral expenses for multiple deceased individuals.

How to Apply: There is no online application for this program.

  • Call FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline at 1-844-684-6333 (TTY: 800-462-7585) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET, Monday – Friday and begin the application process.
  • For the fastest service following your application, you can begin submitting documentation online through Disasterassistance.gov, by fax 855-261-3452.
  • Documents may also be mailed to:

    COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

P.O. Box 10001

                 Hyattsville, MD 20782

Funding Source: FEMA

I need help with my energy bills (electric/gas)

Florida Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Overview: The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally funded program that helps income-qualified families with home heating and cooling costs. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) administers LIHEAP and allocates funding directly to a network of community action agencies, also known as local agency providers, located throughout the state of Florida.

Who is Eligible: You may be eligible if you meet the following requirements:

  • Have a total household gross income of no more than 150% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines;
  • Be responsible for paying your home heating or cooling bills;
  • Be a resident of Florida; and
  • Be a U.S. Citizen, qualified alien or permanent resident of the U.S.

Available Assistance: Depending on the funds available in your county, you may be able to apply for assistance up to three times a year, but not every month. LIHEAP may help pay your natural gas or propane bill only in the winter, if you use gas or propane as your primary source to heat your home. If gas or propane is used only for purposes other than heating, such as hot water or cooking, the program cannot pay the bill. The program cannot pay for water, sewer or telephone services. Your local LIHEAP provider makes the payments directly to your utility company on your behalf.

How to Apply: You may apply online through your local LIHEAP provider’s website. Check to see if there is an online application that you can complete so that you can submit your application without needing to visit the office location. A PDF application may be made available by the agency for you to begin the application. If an online application is not available, please contact the local office at (727) 327-0977 or Info@pcul.org for the preferred method of receiving either PDF or paper applications, along with supporting documentation.

Funding Source: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

I lost my job and need health insurance

Extended Health Insurance (COBRA)

Overview: COBRA lets workers and their families remain in the employee’s group health insurance plan for a limited time after a change in eligibility. COBRA stands for “Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act.”

Who is Eligible: There are three basic requirements that must be met for you to elect COBRA continuation coverage:

  • Your group health plan must be covered by COBRA
  • A qualifying event must occur. This could be voluntary or involuntary job loss, reduction in the hours worked, transition between jobs, death, or divorce.
  • You must be a qualified beneficiary for that event
  • If you are entitled to COBRA continuation coverage, you must be given at least 60 days to decide whether to elect it.

Available Assistance: Qualified individuals may be required to pay the entire premium for coverage up to 102% of the cost to the plan.

How to Apply: Learn how to apply for COBRA coverage or call 1-866-444-3272.

Funding Source: U.S. Department of Labor

I need food assistance

Food Pantry/Distribution Sites

Food distribution sites across Pinellas County are offering prepared meals, groceries, and other resources for adults and children in need. Visit Feeding Tampa Bay’s Online Map of Local Food Pantries to find a site near you.

Home Meal Delivery for Kids & Seniors

Meals on Wheels for Kids

Neighborly Care Network/Meals on Wheels for Seniors: Drive-thru and delivery options available for older adults 60+ with safe social distancing – Call 727-573-9444

Apply for Food & Nutrition Assistance

For food assistance, apply online for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or call 866-762-2237 or 850-300-4323 (TTY 1-800-955-8771).

Coming Soon: Florida Homeowner Assistance

Homeowners who experienced financial hardship related to the COVID-19 pandemic may soon be eligible for help through the State of Florida’s Homeowner Assistance Fund.

This $676 million fund will be managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).

More information will be published by the DEO soon at this website.

Other Help

Mental Health & Emotional Support

The following crisis hotlines provide free, confidential support:

Counseling for First Responders

PEMHS’s Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT) is providing crisis intervention services for Pinellas County residents of all ages. Their mobile team is available 24/7 on demand and consists of licensed behavioral health therapists and psychiatrists who are available to assist via telehealth or in person while practicing social distancing. A team can be dispatched to the location of the crisis with a target response time of 60 minutes from the time of the call. Call 727-362-4424 to reach the MCRT.

Services include:

  • Evaluation and assessment
    • Development of safety or crisis plans
    • Providing or facilitating stabilization services
    • Supportive Crisis Counseling
    • Education: development of coping skills
    • Linkage to appropriate resources
    • Tele-health services for psychiatric care as available through partnering agencies
    • Peer Support Services: involve a range of activities and interactions between people who share similar experiences of being diagnosed with behavioral health conditions.

Resources for Pregnant Women & New Parents

The Healthy Start Coalition of Pinellas County is offering resources to help pregnant women and parents of babies younger than one year old during the COVID-19 outbreak. For questions about prenatal care, counseling, and other services, contact the Healthy Start Coalition using the contact information below: 

Phone: 727-507-4260 (Leave a voicemail with your name and number) 
Email: info@healthystartpinellas.org 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Healthystartofpinellascounty

Transportation

Transportation services for those who need it are available through Find a Ride Florida.

Resources for Pets

Pinellas County Animal Services
Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
12450 Ulmerton Rd.
Largo, FL 33774
Phone: (727) 582-2600
Details: An employee will meet you at the entrance or you may call from the parking lot and an employee will come out to assist. Each citizen is limited to two bags or six cans of food per visit.

Humane Society of Pinellas
Wednesdays, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Thursday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
3040 State R
oad 590
Clearwater, FL 33759
Phone: (727) 797-7722
Details: To pick up food while the shelter is under construction, visit the third POD in the parking lot of their facility, and a representative will assist you.

SPCA of Tampa Bay
Tuesdays from 1-4:30 p.m.
9099 130th Avenue North
Largo, FL 33773
Phone: (727) 586-3591, ext. 121
Details: Call ahead to ensure the food pantry has adequate food stocks to meet your needs. If you are planning to pick up canned food, bring p
lastic grocery bags to transport the food home. When you arrive for your appointment, be sure to have a valid photo ID.


Workers & Businesses

I lost my job and need help

Dislocated Workers Grants

Overview: The Dislocated Workers Grants (DWG) project will establish disaster-relief jobs assisting individuals impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Who is Eligible: Workers laid off due to quarantine orders or business closures related to disruptions caused by the outbreak are eligible participants, including those who:

  • Are temporarily or permanently laid off as a consequence of COVID-19; or
  • Are self-employed individuals who became unemployed or significantly underemployed due to COVID-19; or
  • Are long-term unemployed workers who have been unemployed 6 out of the past 13 weeks; or
  • Meet any other dislocated worker criteria as specified in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) statute.

Available Assistance: $12 million has been allocated to this program. The proposed funds will employ individuals in positions addressing food distribution, home services for homebound individuals, and intake at medical and satellite quarantine facilities. The State’s application indicated the intention to provide employment and training services to grant participants.

How to Apply: https://www.careersourcepinellas.com/dwg/

Funding Source: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

State Unemployment & Income Assistance

If you are currently out of work, the State of Florida’s Reemployment Assistance Program may be able to provide financial assistance. For information about eligibility and the application process, read the State Department of Economic Opportunity’s Frequently Asked Questions.

Apply for Reemployment Assistance

En Español: Asistencia de Reempleo Información

Paper Applications

My small business needs help retaining employees

Short Time Compensation Program for Employers: helps employers retain their workforce in times of temporary slowdown by encouraging work sharing as an alternative to layoff.  

My business needs capital to rebuild

Rebuild Florida Business Loan Fund

Overview: The purpose of the Rebuild Florida Business Loan fund is to encourage economic diversification, resiliency and stability, as well as job creation and retention. The Rebuild Florida Business Loan Fund provides access to affordable capital through financing loans for new business start-up or expansion. Allowable lending includes Working Capital Needs, Fixed Assets, or a combination of the two.

Who is Eligible: According to the Rebuild Florida Business Loan Fund FAQ, applicants must:

  • Have a business located in the state of Florida:
    •  Be authorized to work in the state of Florida; and
    •  Operates primarily in the state of Florida.
  • Have a business owned and controlled by persons who are lawfully in the U.S. and have an appropriate work Visa.
    • Be legally able to contract debt

Available Assistance: The State has allocated $40 million to helping businesses with economic development and resiliency. The minimum loan size is $25,000. Two types of loans are available through this fund: (1) Express – $350,000 maximum and (2) Standard – $500,000 maximum. Express loans have 3-5 year terms while Standard loans have 5-10 year terms.

How to Apply: The application to the Rebuild Florida Business Loan Fund can be found here. You can check your application status by logging into your account at this link. For further information, You may also call 1-833-989-2763 or emailFloridaBusinessLoanFund@deo.myflorida.com.

Funding Source: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

I need help repaying my SBA loan

SBA is offering debt relief to existing SBA loan borrowers whose businesses have been impacted by COVID-19. Learn more about the SBA Debt Relief Program.

I need help covering business expenses after COVID

COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan

Overview: Low-interest, fixed-rate, long-term loan (thirty years) to help overcome the effects of the pandemic by providing working capital to meet operating expenses.

Who is Eligible: Applicants must be physically located in the United States or designated territory and must have suffered working capital losses due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In addition to other eligibility requirements, businesses must meet SBA COVID EIDL size standards.

Available Assistance: Maximum loan amount is $2 million.

How to Apply:

  • Documents required:
    • 2019 Federal Income Taxes, including all schedules, for the applicant business (required)
    • 2020 Federal Income Taxes, including all schedules, for the applicant business (if available)
    • If the most recent Federal income tax return has not been filed, a year-end profit-and-loss statement and balance sheet for that tax year
    • For nonprofit organizations, a complete copy of the organization’s IRS tax-exempt certifications and complete copies of the three most recent years of “Statement of Activities”
    • IRS Form 4506-T (You will complete this online when you apply)
  • Fees
    • For loans $25,000 or less: No fees if applying directly through SBA
    • For loans greater than $25,000: One-time $100 fee for filing a lien on borrower’s business assets plus costs to file lien on real estate when applicable         
    • For loans greater than $500,000 where SBA is taking real estate as collateral: One-time $100 fee for filing a lien on borrower’s business assets. Additionally, the borrower will be responsible for recording the real estate lien and paying the associated fees.

Apply online.

Funding Source: Small Business Administration

Targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan

Overview: Applicants for the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) may be eligible to receive up to $15,000 in funding from SBA that does not need to be repaid. These “advances” are similar to a grant, but without the typical requirements that come with a U.S. government grant.

Who is Eligible:

Small Businesses who:

  1. Are in a low-income community.
  2. Can demonstrate more than 30% reduction in revenue during an eight-week period beginning on March 2, 2020, or later.
  3. Have 300 or fewer employees.

Business entities normally eligible for the EIDL program are eligible to apply. This includes sole proprietors, independent contractors, and private, nonprofit organizations. Agricultural enterprises are not eligible.

Available Assistance: The Targeted EIDL Advance provides funds of up to $10,000 to applicants.

How to Apply: To receive an advance, you must first apply for a COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan.

Funding Source: Small Business Administration

I need help paying back my Paycheck Protection Plan Loan

PPP Loan Forgiveness  

Overview: Borrowers may be eligible for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness.

Who is Eligible: First Draw PPP loans made to eligible borrowers qualify for full loan forgiveness if during the 8- to 24-week covered period following loan disbursement:

  • Employee and compensation levels are maintained,
  • The loan proceeds are spent on payroll costs and other eligible expenses, and
  • At least 60% of the proceeds are spent on payroll costs.

Second Draw PPP loans made to eligible borrowers qualify for full loan forgiveness if during the 8- to 24-week covered period following loan disbursement:

  • Employee and compensation levels are maintained in the same manner as required for the First Draw PPP loan,
  • The loan proceeds are spent on payroll costs and other eligible expenses, and
  • At least 60% of the proceeds are spent on payroll costs.

Available Assistance: A borrower can apply for forgiveness once all loan proceeds for which the borrower is requesting forgiveness have been used. Borrowers can apply for forgiveness any time up to the maturity date of the loan. If borrowers do not apply for forgiveness within 10 months after the last day of the covered period, then PPP loan payments are no longer deferred, and borrowers will begin making loan payments to their PPP lender.

How to Apply:

  • Determine if your lender is participating in direct forgiveness through SBA and complete the correct form:
  • Compile your documentation:
    • Payroll (provide documentation for all payroll periods that overlapped with the Covered Period)
    • Nonpayroll (for expenses that were incurred or paid during the Covered Period and showing that obligations or services existed prior to February 15, 2020, for the first three listed obligations/services)
  • Submit the forgiveness form and documentation to SBA or your PPP lender:
    • Depending on whether your lender is participating in direct forgiveness, complete your loan forgiveness application and submit it via the SBA direct forgiveness portal or via your lender with the re­quired supporting documents. Your lender may follow up to request additional documentation.
  • Continue to monitor your application for forgiveness

Funding Source: Small Business Administration

My business was impacted by COVID and needs financial/technical help

State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI)

Overview: The State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) provides funding to small business financing programs and technical assistance to small businesses facing repercussions of negative economic impact due to the public health emergency. With equity at ARP’s core, it enables small business owners in disadvantaged communities access to credit and further assistance.

Who is Eligible: States, Territories, and Tribal governments.

Available Assistance: The Award is granted based on an allocation methodology, of which $324,191,122 has been allocated to the State of Florida and specifically, $23,879,723 to very small businesses. Previous eligible jurisdictions include Capital Access Programs, loan participation, loan guarantee, collateral support, and State-run Venture Capital Funds.

How to Apply: The U.S.Treasury notes in the SSCBI General Information document that eligibility criteria, rules, and application is pending. For past reference, see the previous application for what it may look like once available.

Funding Source: U.S. Treasury

I’m a food producer that was impacted by COVID

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP)

Overview: USDA will begin providing additional financial assistance to farmers, ranchers and producers impacted by COVID-19 market disruptions through the Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative.

Who is Eligible:  To be eligible for payments, a person or legal entity must either:

  • Have an average adjusted gross income of less than $900,000 for tax years 2016, 2017, and 2018; or
  • Derive at least 75 percent of their adjusted gross income from farming, ranching or forestry-related activities.

Persons and legal entities also must:

  • Commercially produce the eligible commodities;
  • Be in the business of farming at the time of application; with the exception of contract producers.
  • Comply with the provisions of the “Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation” regulations, often called the conservation compliance provisions;
  • If a foreign person, provides land, capital, and a substantial amount of active personal labor to the farming operation; and
  • Not have a controlled substance violation.

Available Assistance: CFAP 2 payments will be split into four categories of Commodities: (1) Price trigger commodities; (2) Flat-rate crops; (3) Sales commodities (4) Contract livestock and poultry.

How to Apply: See the CFAP 2 Application. Additionally, producers interested in one-on-one support with the CFAP 2 application can contact the call center at 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance.

Funding Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture


Non-Profit Support

ARP Child Care Stabilization Grant

Overview: The Child Care Stabilization Grant provides financial relief to child care providers to help cover unexpected business costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, and to help stabilize their operations so they may continue to provide care.

Who is Eligible: Qualified child care providers.

Available Assistance: Child care providers can use stabilization subgrants to cover: Wages and benefits, including increases in compensation for any staff; Rent, utilities, facilities maintenance and minor renovations, and insurance; Personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies, and other health and safety measures, including background checks and health and safety training for certain providers; Equipment and supplies used to respond to COVID-19; Material goods (i.e., to facilitate play or safe sleep) or services (i.e., food or transportation) used for the operation of the program; and Mental health services for children and employees.

How to Apply: Qualified childcare providers can apply online.

Funding Source: Administration for Children and Families (ACF)

Economic Recovery Programs (Economic Development Administration)

The Build Back Better Regional Challenge

Overview: The Build Back Better Regional Challenge is designed to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to build back better by accelerating the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and building local economies that will be resilient to future economic shocks.

Who is Eligible:

  • Public or private non-profit organization or association acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State
  • District Organization of an EDA-designated Economic Development District
  • Tribe or a consortium of Tribes
  • State, county, city, or other political subdivision of a State, including a special purpose unit of a State or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions
  • Institution of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education

Available Assistance: In phase one, 50-60 regional coalitions of partnering entities will be awarded approximately $500,000 in technical assistance funds to develop and support three to eight projects to grow a regional growth cluster. In phase 2: EDA will award 20-30 regional coalitions $25 million to $75 million, and up to $100 million, to implement those projects. These regions will have the opportunity to grow new regional industry clusters or scale existing ones through planning, infrastructure, innovation and entrepreneurship, workforce development, access to capital, and more.

How to Apply: You can apply online. Please send email inquiries about the American Rescue Plan Build Back Better Regional Challenge to BuildBackBetter@eda.gov.  For additional questions, particularly region-specific questions, contact your state’s Economic Development Representative. Visit www.eda.gov/contact to find contact information for your Economic Development Representative.

Funding Source: U.S. Economic Development Administration

Economic Adjustment Assistance

Overview: The Economic Adjustment Assistance program is the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s most flexible program, and grants made under this program will help hundreds of communities across the nation plan, build, innovate, and put people back to work through construction or non-construction projects designed to meet local needs.

Who is Eligible:

  • District Organization of an EDA-designated Economic Development District
  • Tribe or a consortium of Tribes
  • State, county, city, or other political subdivision of a State, including a special purpose unit of a State or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions
  • Institution of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education
  • Public or private non-profit organization or association acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State

Available Assistance: A wide range of technical, planning, workforce development, entrepreneurship, and public works and infrastructure projects are eligible for funding under this program. EDA’s American Rescue Plan Economic Adjustment Assistance program makes $500 million in Economic Adjustment Assistance grants available to American communities.

How to Apply: You can apply online. Please visit www.eda.gov/contact to find contact information for your Economic Development Representative.

Funding Source: U.S. Economic Development Administration

Statewide Planning, Research, & Networks Program

Overview: The program will allocate $31 million for Research and Networks Grants to invest in research that assesses the effectiveness of EDA’s programs, and provides support for stakeholder communities around key EDA initiatives.

Who is Eligible:

  • Public or private non-profit organization or association acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State
  • District Organization of an EDA-designated Economic Development District
  • Tribe or a consortium of Tribes
  • State, county, city, or other political subdivision of a State, including a special purpose unit of a State or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions
  • Institution of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education

Available Assistance: EDA anticipates awarding $200,000 to $600,000 each for projects that support research and evaluation into economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

How to Apply: You can apply online. Please email your questions about the American Rescue Plan Research program to research@eda.gov. Please email your questions about the American Rescue Plan Networks program to networks@eda.gov. For Statewide Planning inquiries, please visit www.eda.gov/contact to find contact information for your Economic Development Representative.

Funding Source: U.S. Economic Development Administration

Workforce Training/Economic Development Assistance

Florida Job Growth Grant-Public Infrastructure Proposal

Overview: Florida Job Growth Grant Fund was created to promote economic opportunity by improving public infrastructure.

Who is Eligible: Eligible entities that wish to access this grant fund must submit public infrastructure proposals that:

  • Promote economic recovery in specific regions of the state, economic diversification or economic enhancement in a targeted industry. (View Florida’s Targeted Industries here.)
  • Are not for the exclusive benefit of any single company, corporation or business entity.
  • Are for infrastructure that is owned by the public and is for public use or predominately benefits the Public.

Available Assistance: Funding for proposed public infrastructure projects.

How to Apply: You can apply online.

Funding Source: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

Florida Job Growth Grant – Workforce Training Grant Program

Overview: The Florida Job Growth Grant Fund was created to promote economic opportunity by enhancing workforce training.

Who is Eligible: Eligible entities must submit proposals that:

  • Support programs and associated equipment at state colleges and state technical centers.
  • Provide participants with transferable and sustainable workforce skills applicable to more than a single employer.
  • Are offered to the public.
  • Are based on criteria established by the state colleges and state technical centers.
  • Prohibit the exclusion of applicants who are unemployed or underemployed.

Available Assistance: Funding for proposed workforce training programs.

How to Apply: You can apply online.

Funding Source: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

Travel, Tourism & Outdoor Recreation Program Assistance

Overview: EDA is focused on accelerating the recovery of communities that rely on the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation sectors.

Who is Eligible:

  • Public or private non-profit organization or association acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State
  • District Organization of an EDA-designated Economic Development District
  • Tribe or a consortium of Tribes
  • State, county, city, or other political subdivision of a State, including a special purpose unit of a State or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions
  • Institution of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education

Available Assistance: $240 million to help communities that have been hardest hit by challenges facing the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation sectors to invest in infrastructure, workforce or other projects to support the recovery of the industry and economic resilience of the community in the future.

How to Apply: You can apply online. Email your questions about the American Rescue Plan Travel, Tourism & Outdoor Recreation program to TravelandTourism@eda.gov. Visit www.eda.gov/contact to find contact information for your Economic Development Representative

Funding Source: U.S. Economic Development Administration

Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program

Overview: The purpose of the Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program is to provide federal funding to eligible recipients in anchor communities: for the purchase of broadband internet access service or any eligible equipment, or to hire and train information technology personnel; to facilitate educational instruction and learning, including through remote instruction; to operate an MBE; or to operate a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.

Who is Eligible:

  • A historically Black college or university (HBCU)
  • A Tribal College or University (TCU)
  • A Minority-serving institution (MSI)
  • A consortium that is led by a historically Black college or university, a Tribal College or University, or a Minority-serving institution and that also includes:
    • An MBE; or
    • An organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such Code.

Additionally, an eligible recipient must be in an “anchor community,” defined in part as having an estimated median annual household income of not more than two hundred and fifty percent (250%) of the poverty line. A consortium is eligible for a grant under the Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program if it is led by an eligible institution as defined above.

Available Assistance: NTIA will make up to $268,000,000 available for federal assistance under the Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program.

How to Apply: You can apply online

Funding Source: U.S. Department of Commerce: National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Head Start

Overview: Head Start is a program of the United States Department of Health and Human Services that provides comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and families.

Who is Eligible: All Head Start, Early Head Start, and EHS-CC Partnership grantees are eligible to receive additional funds. Each grantee may apply for a proportionate amount of the $1 billion based on their total funded enrollment.

Available Assistance: Grantees do have flexibility to determine which one-time investments best support the needs of staff, children, and families, while adhering to federal, state, and local guidance. In making these determinations, grantees should consider how the use of the one-time funds could meet both short- and long-term needs and determine whether purchasing, leasing, or contracting for services is more prudent.

How to Apply: Additional instructions will be forthcoming. For more info, refer to the grant website.

Funding Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Cultural Facilities & Recreation

Florida Cultural Endowment

Overview: The purpose of the Cultural Endowment Program (CEP) is to create an endowment matching funds program that will provide programming resources from interest earned to participating cultural organizations.

Who is Eligible: Organizations eligible to be designated a Cultural Sponsoring Organization under this program must meet the requirements in both of the following subsections:

  • Administrative and Legal. Be a not-for-profit, tax exempt Florida Corporation according to these definitions:
    • Incorporated or authorized as a not-for-profit corporation, in good standing, pursuant to Chapter 617, Florida Statutes;
    • Designated as a tax exempt organization as defined in Section 501(c)(3) or (4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954;
    • Designated as in compliance with S. 170 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.

Available Assistance: An organization must be designated as a Cultural Sponsoring Organization (CSO) and raise $360,000 to be held in an endowment account in order to be eligible for a $240,000 State Matching Share (SMS). Each individual endowment in this program must be maintained in a single account at a total value of at least $600,000 per SMS. Interest earned on the endowment corpus must be used for programming expenses of the organization or reinvestment to expand the principal fund.

How to Apply: An application for designation as a Cultural Sponsoring Organization may be submitted at any time and is a criterion for eligibility to receive a State Matching Share. Designation must be recommended by the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and approved by the Secretary of State before an organization can be considered eligible to receive a State Matching Share. Submit a complete application online at www.dosgrants.com to the Division that consists of the following documents and information:

  • A letter from the chairman of the board or president of the organization formally requesting designation as a Cultural Sponsoring Organization;
  • A copy of the organization’s determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service confirming tax exempt status, pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) or (4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954;
  • The description and documentation of a program that qualifies the organization as a sponsoring organization within a cultural discipline. The description and documentation shall include printed performance or printed exhibition material such as brochures, programs, or catalogues.

Funding Source: Florida Department of State

Cultural Facilities Program

Overview: The Cultural Facilities Program coordinates and guides the State of Florida’s support and funding of renovation, new construction, or acquisition of cultural facilities.

Who is Eligible: A Florida local government, entity of state government, school district, community college, college, or university. Private schools, private community colleges, private colleges, and private universities are not public entities and must be nonprofit and tax-exempt to meet the legal status requirement.

Available Assistance: The Division offers two levels of funding within the Cultural Facilities Program. These levels are determined by the specific use of the facility:

  • A purpose-built or single use facility that will solely be used for the programming, production, presentation, exhibition of any of the arts and cultural disciplines (Section 265.283(7), Florida Statutes) AT LEAST 85% of the time. This type of facility includes theatres, performance centers, museums (including, aquariums, botanical gardens, history centers, zoos, etc.) and art centers. The maximum request amount for this type of facility is $500,000.
  • A multi-purpose facility that will be used for the programming, production, presentation, exhibition of any of the arts and cultural disciplines (Section 265.283(7), Florida Statutes) LESS than 85% of the time. This type of building includes community centers, recreation centers, civic centers and municipal buildings. The maximum request amount for this type of facility is $200,000. Project costs must be directly related to the arts and cultural portion of the facility.

How to Apply: You must complete an online application form at https://dosgrants.com/ by the application deadline. The grant guidance provides a list of all required documents needed to apply.

Funding Source: Florida Department of State

Florida’s Recreational Trails Program

Overview: The federally funded Recreational Trails Program provides competitive, matching-grant funds to renovate, develop, or maintain recreational motorized, non-motorized, and mixed-use trails and trailside facilities.

Who is Eligible: Municipal, county, state, or federal governmental agencies, recognized state and federal tribal governments, and organizations registered as active Florida nonprofit corporations, which have an agreement with a governmental agency to develop public lands and the project.

Available Assistance: The maximum permissible request for non-motorized single-use is $400,000. The maximum permissible request for nonmotorized mixed-use projects is $500,000. The maximum permissible request for motorized single-use projects is $1,000,000. Match requirements apply.

How to Apply: You can apply at the RTP Assistance website.

Funding Source: U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration

AmeriCorps: Seniors & Public Health Programs

AmeriCorps Seniors – American Rescue Plan Senior Demonstration Program

Overview: The “AmeriCorps Seniors American Rescue Plan Demonstration Program” programs will be focused on supporting communities as they reopen after the COVID-19 pandemic. Through American Rescue SDP funding opportunities, applicants must demonstrate how they will engage adults age 55 and over to address one or more of the American Rescue SDP priorities. Those priorities are:

  • Establish and support programs in hard-to-reach communities and/or those disproportionately impacted by COVID-19;
  • Support communities historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely impacted by persistent poverty and inequality, such as African American, Hispanic, and Tribal communities;
  • Support program models that focus on:
    •  Education (children’s learning loss, summer programs, etc.) and
    •  Health and wellness (mental and physical health);
  •  Serve veterans and military families; and
  • Expand opportunities for senior volunteers in communities that have not previously received AmeriCorps Seniors resources.

Who is Eligible: Eligible non-federal entities are Tribal communities, Institutions of higher education, Local governments, Nonprofit organizations, and States governments.

Available Assistance: AmeriCorps Seniors anticipates approximately $10,000,000 for FY 2022 American Rescue SDP awards. Estimated Award Amount Award amounts will vary, as determined by the scope of the projects. AmeriCorps Seniors expects to make awards in the range of $100,000 to $500,000.

How to Apply: Applications are due Monday, October 18, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.Complete applications must include the following elements:

  • Standard Form 424 (SF-424) Cover Sheet: This is automatically generated when applicants complete the data elements in the eGrants system.
  • Narrative Sections:
    • Executive Summary: This is a brief description of the proposed program. The text provided of all compliant applications will be made available to the public following grant awards.
    • Program Design
    •  Organizational Capability
    • Other (see NOFO)
    • Cost-Effectiveness & Budget Adequacy
  • Standard Form 424A Budget
  • Performance Measures
  • Authorization, Assurances, and Certifications

Apply online.

Funding Source: Americorps

FY 2022 AmeriCorps State and National Public Health AmeriCorps

Overview: The goal of this program is to enable the recruitment, training, and development of a new generation of public health leaders who are ready to respond to the public health needs of the nation by providing public health service in communities. AmeriCorps members will serve primarily in state, local, Tribal, and territorial public health departments or in service to public health departments. It is strongly recommended that AmeriCorps members serve in at least teams of two. AmeriCorps has found that placing at least two members at a service site location provides economies of scale and aids in retention of members.

Who is Eligible: Eligible non-federal entities are Indian Tribes, Institutions of higher education, Local governments, Nonprofit organizations, and States governments.

Available Assistance:  AmeriCorps expects a highly competitive AmeriCorps FY 2022 Public Health grant competition. Estimated Award Amount Award amounts will vary as determined by the scope of the projects.

How to Apply: Applications are due Monday, November 8, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.Complete applications must include the following elements:

  • Standard Form 424 (SF-424) Cover Sheet: This is automatically generated when applicants complete the data elements in the eGrants system.
  • Narrative Sections:
    • Executive Summary: This is a brief description of the proposed program. The text provided of all compliant applications will be made available to the public following grant awards.
    • Program Design
    • Organizational Capability
    • Cost-Effectiveness & Budget Adequacy
    • Evaluation Summary Plan
  • Logic Model
  • Standard Form 424A Budget
  • Continuation Changes
  • Clarification
  • Performance Measures
  • Authorization, Assurances, and Certifications

Apply online.

Funding Source: Americorps

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