CollierCARES announces they’re reopening applications starting Monday

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CollierCARES webpage

A second chance at funds and assistance that so many families and small businesses need.

For individuals to qualify for the funds, they must be full-time Collier County residents and behind on basic payments such as rent or mortgage. For businesses, they must be located within Collier County and employ 50 people or fewer. Those employees are not required to be residents of the county for businesses to qualify.

For families, a short-term household assistance payment could total up to $11,250 per household. Childcare assistance is separate and could be as much as $1,250. Income qualifications are under $75,000 for individuals and under $150,000 per household.

For small businesses, you could receive up to $25,000 in funding and an extra $5,000 for businesses forced to close during Governor DeSantis’ safer at home order.

Eligibility for small business applications will be determined by some of the following criteria:

  • 50 or fewer full-time employees
  • Business located within Collier County
  • Active business tax license and state registration
  • Business has suffered economic damages exceeding the amount awarded from business interruption due to State Executive Order since March 1, 2020, excluding those covered by federal assistance and insurance
  • Signed waiver certifying no duplication of benefits
  • Extensive copies of business financials to support expenditures
  • Bank statements for March 1, 2020, through September 30, 2020, and 2019
  • Profit and loss statements for March 1, 2020, through September 30, 2020, and 2019
  • Proof of commercial leases – to validate it’s not a home-based business

Payments for individuals will be made directly to the childcare provider, landlord, etc. For those who have received funding previously, you may be eligible for additional funding. To check, send an email along with the required documentation to this address:

Applications open Monday, Oct. 19 at 8 a.m. and close Monday, Nov. 2 at noon. To check the required documentation or to see if you qualify, follow this link.

Collier County received more than $67 million in CARES Act funding.

Correction: A previous version of this story showed employees of businesses applying for assistance must be county residents, which is not the case. The current version correctly shows employees of businesses in Collier County are not required to be county residents; however, the business owners applying must be. 

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