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Qualified Highlands County residents and small business owners may now apply online for financial assistance through the Highlands County portion of the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) act grant. The online application process will require residents and business owners to fill out a form and attach verifying documentation with the application.

A call center to assist residents with questions regarding Highlands county’s cares act financial assistance is available in English and Spanish from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Call Center: (863) 402-----


 Online Application: Individual

Individuals and/or households may apply for financial assistance. Individuals who have lost their job or income due to the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible for $1,500 assistance.

Only one application per household will be accepted. Please do not submit multiple applications.

The online application process will require residents and business owners to fill out a form and attach verifying documentation with the application. Residents who do not have technology access to complete the online process may contact United Way of Central Florida at 2-1-1 to apply for assistance from Highlands County.

On your application, you must confirm that you:

  • Have not received other COVID-19 assistance for rent, mortgage or utility payments

Required Documents

  • Valid Florida ID or Florida Driver License
  • Proof of loss of income related to COVID-19 impacts (furlough, lay-off letter from employer, unemployment statement, copy of your professional license, if you were in a personal services industry deemed non-essential, etc.)
  • W2

Highlands CARES FAQ’s 

Small Business / Non-Profit

Online Application: Small Business / Non-Profit  

Small businesses that can show they were impacted by COVID-19 include funding levels of $2,000 for business with 0-5 employees  $5,000 for businesses with 6 – 15 employees, $7,000.00 for business with 16-25 employees and $10,000 for businesses with 17 – 75 employees.

To be eligible, businesses must have its principle location in Highlands County.

Small business applicants must attest they:

  • Were negatively impacted by COVID-19
  • Have the authority to apply for this grant on behalf of the business
  • Will use the grant funds for authorized business expenses only
  • Will apply for a Highlands County Business Tax Receipt if not registered with the Highlands County Tax Collector
  • Plan to resume normal operations after emergency guidelines are lifted
  • Shall cooperate with Highlands County or appropriate officials for grant auditing purposes

Required Business Documents

• Completed and signed W-9
• Valid state issued photo ID
• Copy of active state business registration from Florida Division of Corporations or a Highlands County Business Tax Receipt or a city issued business tax receipt
• For businesses with 2 to 50 employees, W3 Summary or IRS Form 941 prior to Feb. 15, 2020
• Information to estimate your company’s average monthly business expenses before Feb. 15, 2020

Highlands CARES Business FAQ's

Community Initiatives

Online Application: Community Initiative



All funds will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis until the allocation is gone. The county has until Dec. 30, 2020 to use this grant. The allocated funds to small businesses, individuals and community initiative do not have to be paid back.