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LeeCARES Business Relaunch grants to deadline next week

By Staff | Jun 19, 2020

Businesses have a final opportunity to apply for help through the LeeCARES Business Relaunch grant program from June 22 to June 26. The county then will move to its next phase of assistance to businesses.

Under the program, aid is available to businesses with one to 25 employees as of March 1 that were closed by Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Safer at Home Order. The application period will close at 8 p.m. June 26.

The one-time $5,000 grants are to help offset the unintended costs of reopening or relaunching, such as sanitation, signage or marketing. Funds can only be used to reimburse the costs of business interruption caused by the required closures that are not covered by insurance or another federal program.

Business owners must be Lee County residents.

On July 6, Lee County will launch its COVID-19 business assistance program for job creation. Referred to as “Business Rehire,” the program will:

– Provide grant funding to small businesses for rehiring full-time equivalent (FTE) positions that were on the payroll as of March 1. Eligible positions must be rehired on or after July 6.

– Provide grants of $5,000 per full-time equivalent positions rehired, up to $10,000 for businesses with 10 or fewer employees or up $20,000 for larger qualified businesses with fewer than 250 employees. Also, 501(c)3 and 501(c)19 organizations are eligible.

– Allows grants to be used for operating expenses not covered by other resources, including working capital, professional services or employee training.

For more information, visit www.LeeFLCares.com or call 239-533-2273 for an appointment.

Application instructions are available in Spanish by calling 239-533-2273 (or 239-LEE-CARES); applicants without Internet access can call the number. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.