Levy County was initially provided $1.9 million in emergency relief funds to support the small businesses hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds are available as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act federal stimulus package.
The Levy County CARES Program will offer one-time fixed-amount grants to qualifying Levy County based small businesses with up to 50 employees to aid in their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and related business interruptions, closures, suspensions, reduced customer demand or increased expenditures. The grants are targeted specifically to help local for-profit businesses with their principal address located within the boundaries of Levy County, as reported tot he Florida Division of Corporations or other credible source documentation.
The fixed grant amounts will be based on number of applicant's employees as of February 29, 2020. The definition of employee includes the owner of the business, plus any person that is employed full-time, part-time, or on a seasonal basis by the grant applicant. The grant amounts, based on number of employees, are as follows:
- Self-Employed: $1,500
- 2-10 Employees: $5,000
- 11-25 Employees: $10,000
- 26-50 Employees: $15,000