LeeCARES Eligibility Requirements | Frequently Asked Questions 

Small Business Relaunch Program – Apply Online

Eligible Business affected by the “Safer at Home Act” – $5,000 Relaunch Grant

  • Intended to help offset the unintended costs of reopening or relaunching a small business as a result of being directly affected by Governor DeSantis’ Safer at Home Act.
  • Funds can only be used to reimburse the costs of business interruption caused by required closures that are not covered by insurance or another federal program.
  • Business must have 25 or fewer employees, and the business owner must be a Lee County resident.

PPE for Small Businesses Program – Apply Online

Industry sectors with high-intensity personal contact – Mask, hand sanitizer, glove distribution

  • The following business segments (with less than 25 employees) are eligible for PPE Kits: Medical and dental practices, childcare services and youth camps, museums and historical sites, amusement and recreation centers, independant restaurants, barber shops, beauty salons, nail salons and personal care services.
  • Each kit will contain a predetermined quantity of surgical masks, rubber gloves and hand sanitizer (while supplies last).
  • Approved applicants will be emailed a confirmation receipt and directions for pick up.

Individual Assistance Program – Apply Online

Rent, Mortgage, Utilities Assistance – Maximum assistance of $2,000 per household

  • Payments will be made directly to landlord, mortgage company and/or utility company.
  • Household income must be less than $55,000/year at time of application.
  • Applicant must have had a loss of employment or reduced work hours due to COVID-19.

Apply Online or Call (239) 533-CARE