Pasco County is raising the cap on COVID-related grant funding to small businesses to $1,500.

The funding comes from the Pasco CARES Small Business Personal Protective Equipment Reimbursement Program. The previous cap was $1,000.

The program was launched in May and reimburses small businesses in Pasco County for the cost of already-purchased PPE related to operating safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Businesses that have already received funding through this grant are able to reapply to be reimbursed for additional eligible expenses. The total amount of reimbursements cannot exceed $1,500.

The financial assistance is available on a first-come, first-served basis through Dec. 4, or until funds are exhausted. Monies originated from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Business eligibility is based on the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program for COVID-19 requirements. To qualify a business must be:

  • A for-profit, privately held small business that maintains a place of business in Pasco County established prior to March 1, 2020.
  • A small business with 2 to 50 employees.
  • A small business with the majority of its employees residing in Pasco County.

To learn more about the program, visit bit.ly/PPE_reimbursement or call Pasco County Customer Service at 727-847-2411.