The City of St. Petersburg announced a small business grant package totaling $2,536,000 in funds for business owners struggling at the hand of the COVID-19 crisis.
Dubbed the St. Pete Small Business Resilience + Retention Incentive Package, this program is funded by the City’s Fighting Chance Funds and a portion of CARES Act Funding received by Pinellas County.
“In response to the drastic change in the business environment stemming from the pandemic, the City of St. Petersburg has developed a new non-profit and small business incentive package in support of the sustained success of St. Pete’s health, local economy and cultural landscape,” the city announced in a recent press release.
Organizations can apply for a grant from $2,500 to $20,000 and must choose one of the four available programs.
Applications for the grants are open until the funds are exhausted, the city confirmed.
- Business Support Organizations Program, launches August 4, 8 a.m. Provides a one time grant to organizations that provided support to businesses affected by the Coronavirus.
- Non-Profit Event Host Organizations Program, launches August 4, 8 a.m. Varying monetary support for large-scale, signature arts and cultural events that were postponed, down-sized or canceled amid COVID-19 restrictions.
- Small Business Retention and Restoration Microfund Program, launches August 4, 8 a.m. A single $10,000 grant to reimburse general pandemic-related business expenses.
- Arts and Culture Business and Performance Program, launches September 1. Support for independent galleries and art spaces in the St. Petersburg community.