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LeeCARES Human Services Grant Program

Support to human service agencies to address unanticipated expenses incurred in response to the COVID‐19 pandemic. Up to $50,000 in grant assistance to eligible human services agencies


  • Eligible 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(19) human service agencies may receive up to $50,000 of one‐time grant assistance for expenses incurred in the agencies’ response to the COVID‐19 pandemic.
  • Eligible expenses may include program enhancements to address increased service needs from county residents due to COVID-19 including legal services, temporary shelter and computer and technology equipment. Eligible expenses may also include the purchase and/or reimbursement of personal protective equipment, personnel costs, facility retrofit expenditures and other unanticipated administrative expenses directly related to COVID-19.
  • Eligible agencies may also apply for grants for planned response actions.
  • Funding in this program includes $1.55 million to the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, $425,000 to the Midwest Food Bank, $225,000 to Community Cooperative, $500,000 to Lee County food pantries through $5,000 individual grants, $300,000 to reserves