COVID-19 continues to impact small business with cautious consumers and continued emergency orders to protect public health and safety. While you continue to protect your customers by promoting facial coverings, proper hygiene and safe social distancing, the City of Hollywood is here to support you.
Additional CARES Relief Funds are available for Hollywood businesses who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grant funding to pay eligible utility expenses, lease and mortgage payments, as well as expenses related to COVID-19, is available for small businesses of 20 employees or less. Reimbursement is not required.
Just over one million dollars in federal funding is available for specifically for Hollywood small businesses through this program administered by the Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development.
The target date for the application window to open is Monday, November 9th. The County will be launching a program website where you will be able to learn more about the grant program, including eligibility, the application process, and how to request technical assistance to complete your application. Interested small businesses and non-profit businesses that plan to apply be prepared in advance. As soon as the website is available, you are encouraged to:
- Check to see if you are eligible
- Become familiar with the application process
- Schedule your future technical assistance appointment
- View the "How Do I Apply" Video Tutorial
- Gather your business documents
- Be ready to apply
Although the application period is not yet open, if you visit the website when it launches you will be ready for when it goes live.
The City of Hollywood is also distributing federal funding to help businesses with 5 of fewer employees. The Micro-Enterprise Small Business Assistance Program was established specifically to assist micro-enterprises negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. During the first funding cycle launched this summer, more than 45 Hollywood businesses qualified to receive assistance. The target date for the 2nd funding cycle is early December. For more information on business relief programs or other economic development needs, please contact the City’s Economic Development team at 954.921.3620.