Small Business Assistance Grant Program

Business grant applications are available for the community to access Sarasota County's Coronavirus Relief Fund allocations of $18.9 million.

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Business assistance applications will be available starting noon Wednesday, Sept. 16, for the community to access Sarasota County’s Coronavirus Relief Fund allocations of $18.9 million. Sign up to receive email updates regarding this and other business assistance programs.


Coronavirus Relief Fund Alerts Available

Individuals and businesses are now able to opt-in to receive updates and information on assistance provided through the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund through text, landline, email, TDD/TTY or through the Alert Sarasota County mobile app. CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund assistance notifications may include dates when applications go live, the need for additional documentation and updates on fund distributions. Alert notifications will encourage subscribers to visit scgov.net/CARES for additional accompanying information. Click here for information about this program.

For business assistance, text SRQCARESBiz to 888777 to opt in for text alerts
For individual assistance, text SRQCARESInd to 888777 to opt in for text alerts


Small Business Assistance Grant Program


The Small Business Assistance Grant Program will provide grants up to $20,000 to small businesses and nonprofits for eligible expenditures. Eligible types of expenditures incurred due to COVID-19 (if not covered by another federal/state funding source) include:

  • Rent/mortgage costs
  • Non-county utilities
  • Payroll
  • PPE and COVID-19 testing
  • Marketing related to reopening
  • Inventory related to reopening
  • Restart costs

Step 1: Check Eligibility Requirements and Review FAQs

Review the County Eligibility Guidelines to find out if your business is qualified to apply for the CARES Act for the Small Business Assistance Grant Program.

Review Eligibility Terms – CLICK HERE

Review FAQs for Small Business Assistance Grant Program – CLICK HERE

Tips for Applicants

  •  Collect your documents first and then visit www.scgov.net/CARES.
  • Don’t rush to submit – the fastest way to get approved is to make sure your application and all documents are accurate and complete.
  • Double-check that your documents are scanned and ready to upload with document signatures where applicable.
  • If your application needs additional information or corrections, you will be contacted. But remember that a complete and accurate application will speed review and approval.
  • Track your progress within the approval process using the case number that is assigned to you by the Neighborly portal.
  • TAKE YOUR TIME. Submit a full application, including all required documentation, for the quickest response. Grant awards will be based on the submittal of complete and eligible applications, not based on how early an application is submitted – submitting an incomplete application will delay the review process.

Step 2: Get your documents in order

Review the document checklist

Gather the necessary documents, scan, save the documents and assign clear document titles (ex. Ocean Breeze 2018 W9).

Step 3: Log onto the Neighborly software portal and create an account to start the application

Applicants may apply online at www.scgov.net/CARES and by selecting the “Business Assistance” icon. You will be required to register on the Neighborly software portal. Confirm your email and sign in to access the business assistance application.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You do NOT need to complete the application in one sitting. You can log in, register, complete sections and come back later to finish.

Step 4: Complete the application and check for status updates

Once the applicant submits an application, it will be reviewed for completeness during an initial review. If the application is determined to be complete, with all required documentation, then it will be sent for a second review for accuracy. If the information provided is verified and validated to be accurate, it will be sent for a final review for payment to be issued. The approval process may take several weeks; however, applicants will be notified as the status of their application changes. This notification will be sent via email, but applicants may also login to the Neighborly portal to check the status of their application. Final approval or denial email notifications will be sent to the applicant after several thorough and comprehensive reviews have been completed.

Applicants are encouraged to use the online portal to check the status of their application. Once an application is approved and processed for payment, the business owner will receive a check via U.S. mail to the principal business address provided in the application that must match the address on the business registration.

Get Prepared

Review the checklist of required documents for business assistance.

Have questions?

Call 941-861-2273, Monday-Saturday 8am-7pm

COVID-19 Resources

Explore business and employee resources that will help you navigate these uncertain times.

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