LEECARES APPLICATION:

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

Business Rehire Grant:

OPENS MONDAY JULY 6. Assistance is available to eligible businesses (and some nonprofits; see below) that are rehiring employees laid off or furloughed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grants of $5,000 are available for each full-time employee (or FTE equivalent) rehired. Funds can only be used for operating expenses not covered by other resources. Businesses receiving the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) may be eligible if their covered loan period has expired. Businesses must have 250 or fewer employees, and the business owner must be a Lee County resident.

The program will:

  • Provide grant funding to eligible small businesses for rehiring full-time equivalent (FTE) positions that were on the payroll as of March 1, 2020. Eligible positions must be rehired on or after July 6, 2020.
  • Provide grants of $5,000 per full-time equivalent positions rehired, up to $10,000 for businesses with 10 or fewer employees or up to $20,000 for larger qualified businesses with fewer than 250 employees. Note: all 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.
  • $2,000 of each job grant may be accessed once the FTE position is back on the payroll on July 6 or afterwards.  The other $3,000 of each job grant may be accessed once the FTE position has been retained for 60 days.

Applications and additional eligibility requirements will be available online at www.LeeFLCares.com or by calling 239-533-2273.

Childcare Assistance Program:

Funding for United Way childcare scholarships, and PPE supply for partnering childcare providers. Families can apply directly through a participating childcare provider. United Way staff will review the additional CARES questionnaire and, if the family qualifies, award scholarship funding directly to the childcare facility. FIND A PARTICIPATING CHILDCARE PROVIDER. Frequently asked questions. Application instructions also are available in Spanish by calling 239-533-2273 (or 239-LEE-CARES); applicants without internet access can also call the number. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Food Security Program:

Emergency support to assist local food security organizations with additional expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. $5,000 individual grants to eligible Lee County food pantries. Frequently asked questions. Online application.

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

Individual Assistance Program:

Rent, Mortgage, Utilities Assistance. Maximum assistance of $2,000 per household. Household income must be between $55,100 and $72,750/year at time of application, depending on household size. Applicant must have had a loss of employment or reduced work hours due to COVID-19. Frequently asked questions. Online application.

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

Small Business Relaunch Program:

Intended to help offset the unintended costs of reopening or relaunching a small business as a result of being directly affected by Governor DeSantis’ Safer at Home Act. Business must have 25 or fewer employees, and the business owner must be a Lee County resident.

Frequently asked questions.

APPLICATIONS RE-OPEN ON JUNE 22 AT 8:00AM.