Businesses Damaged During Civil Unrest Eligible For $50,000 Grant

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL — A new grants program will help small businesses recover from damage incurred during last weekend’s civil unrest in Hillsborough County.

Already experiencing challenges from the coronavirus pandemic and unprecedented unemployment, many businesses were damaged, looted and, in some cases, destroyed in Tampa’s Innovation District next to the University of South Florida and other areas of Tampa.

Available funds will be awarded to qualifying applicants to reimburse approved expenses in an amount up to $50,000. The grants do not require matching funds. Business owners will be able to apply for the grants online in the coming days.

In the meantime, business owners can connect with the Entrepreneur Collaborative Center at 813-204-9267 to begin discussions with a business consultant who can put them in touch with the right resources.

Expenses must be incurred on or after May 30, and must be directly related to repairing, restocking and reopening a business that was damaged by civil unrest. Eligible expenses may include damaged and stolen inventory replacement (verified by police report), physical repairs, signage and painting, and must be actual cash expenses. In-kind services are not eligible for reimbursement.

Approved applicants will be required to attest that the expenses being reimbursed are not already paid, or expected to be paid, by insurance.

Eligible businesses:

  • Must be a privately held small business or sole proprietor located in Hillsborough County (no publicly traded businesses)

  • Must have less than 25 full-time employees or equivalent FTEs during the most recent pay period prior to

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