Pinellas CARES phase one assistance deadline is June 30
June 29, 2020 - There’s still time for businesses and individuals to apply for Pinellas CARES financial assistance under the program’s first phase, but the deadline is rapidly approaching. Online applications for both programs will be accepted through Tuesday, June 30. The funds are designed to help those who’ve been financially impacted by COVID-19 and are part of the $170 million awarded from the federal CARES act. As of June 29, Pinellas County has received 4,917 completed applications and has issued 2,329 checks totaling $11.645 million to eligible businesses. The program provides one-time $5,000 grants to help offset the temporary loss of revenue and to help businesses retain and pay employees. Applications are available on the Pinellas County website. Individuals who’ve lost jobs or income related to COVID-19 are eligible to receive up to $4,000 in one-time assistance to help them cover rent, mortgage and utility bills. For the fastest response, applicants should text COVIDCARES to 898211 and be prepared to provide photos and other documentation to verify eligibility.