Tampa launches relief fund
April 14, 2020 - The city of Tampa has established the One Tampa Relief Now, Rise Together Fund to provide financial relief to eligible small businesses, families, and individuals negatively impacted by local Covid-19 orders. The relief program is an emergency grant focused on the most basic needs — rent and essential utilities, the city said in a news release. The program will provide direct payments for up to one month’s rent or mortgage plus one or more essential utility costs — water, gas, electric. Payments will be remitted directly to landlords, mortgagors, or to TECO, the city said. Click here for details about eligibility and other program information. The Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have each made $100,000 contributions to the fund, Mayor Jane Castor said in announcing the fund.