The Lake County Board of County Commissioners has approved increasing grant award amounts for all qualified for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations impacted by COVID-19.

The $16 million grants program – known as the Lake CARES Business Assistance Grant Program – will continue accepting applications until Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. Applications received before the deadline will be considered for the new award levels, as well as any additional awards that could be retroactively made if the initial funding is not immediately expended. The federal funding is being made available to Lake County through the State of Florida.

Awards to qualified businesses and organizations will range from $4,000 to $20,000 as follows:
• Self-employed/sole proprietor: $4,000
• Businesses with 2-9 employees: $10,000
• Businesses with 10-25 employees: $15,000
• Businesses with more than 25 employees: $20,000
• Non-profits and Chambers of Commerce (no employee requirement): $10,000

The new award amounts will be retroactive to all applicants previously approved and included in the first two rounds of payments, as well as all new applicants. Those that have already submitted an application do not have to re-submit.

Step-by-step instructions, frequently asked questions, and detailed eligibility criteria are available at https://www.elevatelake.com/reopen#cares to help guide applicants through the process. Additionally, the CARES Act program helpline is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (352) 268-9299. Applicants may also email grant@elevatelake.com with questions about the program and someone from the Grant Administrative Team will respond in a timely manner.

If our team can assist you in any other way, please call (352) 343-9647 or email us at info@elevatelake.com or visitlake@lakecountyfl.gov.

Stay safe and healthy,
Your Elevate Lake & Visit Lake Team

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