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Back to Business Program

City of Clearwater has identified up to $4 million in emergency relief funds to support small businesses hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The city of Clearwater will provide emergency financial support through the Clearwater Back-to-Business Grant and Professional Services Program (“Back-to-Business Program”) for qualified small businesses that are negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic due to orders to close or limit operations.

This program is intended to: 1) help offset the significant, temporary loss of revenue to these qualified businesses during this pandemic; 2) assist businesses in retaining and paying employees; and 3) prepare businesses for recovery and resiliency post-pandemic.

Back-To-Business Program Guidelines

Will provide to qualifying “Brick-and-Mortar” Businesses:

a. $3,000 “quick pay” grant to be used for business expenses including, but not limited to commercial rent or mortgage and/or utilities, vendor payments, employee wages, other.

b. Access to and payment of certain Professional Services. Services will be procured by and through contractual relationship with non-profit organization(s). Services will be funded in an amount not to exceed $1,000 per qualifying applicant.

c. 2,000 grant upon completion of Professional Services obligations.

Will provide to qualifying Home-Based Businesses:

a. Access to and payment of certain Professional Services. Services will be procured by and through contractual relationship with non-profit organization(s). Services will be funded in an amount not to exceed $1,000 per qualifying applicant.

b. Grant equal to 1 month’s revenue, not to exceed $2,000, as evidence by appropriate financial records.

 Will provide to nonprofit organizations that provide, facilitate, and coordinate Professional Services

a. Payment of Professional Services Fees as evidenced by invoices for completed services.
b. An administrative fee equal to 10% of professional services rendered.

TO PRE-QUALIFY

 Currently, this portion of the process is closed. If you have been invited to complete a full application click the "Complete Remainder of Application" button below.

Click the "Contact Us" button below to request a representative contact you via e-mail regarding your application or for questions about the program. Due to a high volume of inquiries we will be responding Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m-5:00 p.m. 

Timeline
Eligibility
Eligible vs. Ineligible Business Types
Registration & Pre-Qualification
Application & Review Process
Partner Agency Responsibilities
Professional Service Provider Responsibilities
Presentation and Live Q&A