Applications Open This Week For Over $7 Million In Escambia CARES Personal, Business Grants

September 13, 2020

The application period will open Friday for the Escambia CARES Family Emergency Financial Assistance Grant for individuals and families and the Escambia CARES Business Emergency Financial Assistance Grant, each in the total amount of $3,580,331.

Escambia CARES Family Emergency Financial Assistance Grant

Funding for the Escambia CARES Family Emergency Financial Assistance Grant will be available in amounts of $2,000 per household, and will be awarded to approximately 1,790 households in the county. CARES Family Emergency Financial Assistance Grants will be dispersed on a first-qualified, first-served basis.

General Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be residents of Escambia County
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent legal resident
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old
  • Have a household income of $45,000 or less
  • Have been negatively impacted by COVID-19

The application window for the Escambia CARES Family Emergency Financial Assistance Grant will be open from Friday, Sept. 18, through Tuesday, Sept. 22. The application will be available online at beginning Friday, Sept. 18, at 8 a.m. and will be open until 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22.

To apply for the Escambia CARES Family Emergency Financial Assistance Grant, applicants will need to provide:

  • Certification of COVID-19 impact
  • Copy of a valid, state-issued ID
  • Copy of Social Security card or other proof of a Social Security number
  • Tax-Filers: Copy of the first page of their 2019 federal tax return (IRS form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ)
  • Non-Tax Filers: Self-Certification letter stating the reason why you did not file a 2019 Federal Income Tax Return and/or the type of income you received – Social Security Benefits (SSA, SSI/SSD), Railroad Retirement, Veterans Affairs Pension, Disability Benefits, etc.
  • A completed W-9 form. Click here for the fillable W-9 Form.

Those needing assistance or who do not have access to the internet and wish to apply with paper forms instead of online can visit  one of the 12 fully-staffed application assistance centers located throughout the county, with at least one location available in each district.

These locations will be staffed for in-person application assistance during the grant application window, Friday, Sept. 18, through Tuesday, Sept. 22, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and from noon to 5 p.m. weekends.

  • Beulah Senior Citizens Center, 7425 Woodside Dr.
  • Brownsville Community Center, 3200 W. DeSoto St.
  • Carver Park Resource Center, 208 Webb St.
  • Century Branch Library, 7991 N. Century Blvd.
  • Dorrie Miller Community Center, 2819 N. Miller St.
  • Escambia County Extension Services, 3740 Stefani Road
  • Gull Point Community Center, 7000 Spanish Trail
  • Lexington Terrace Community Center, 700 S. Old Corry Field Road
  • Marie K. Young Wedgewood Community Center, 6405 Wagner Rd.
  • Molino Community Center, 6450 Highway 95-A North
  • Pensacola Downtown Library, 239 N. Spring St.
  • Walnut Hill Community Center, 7850 Highway 97 North

Escambia CARES Business Emergency Financial Assistance Grant

Funding for the Escambia CARES Business Emergency Financial Assistance Grant will be available in amounts of $7,500 for small businesses with up to 25 employees and $15,000 for small businesses with 26-50 employees.

The application process for the Escambia CARES Business Emergency Financial Assistance Grant will open Friday, Sept. 25, and continue through Tuesday, Sept. 29.  The application will be available online at and will be available in select in-person locations. Those locations will be determined at the next Board of County Commissioners’ meeting on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Businesses wishing to apply for this grant will need to supply:

  • A current W-9 form
  • Financial documents including a 2019 tax return, IRS form 941 from the first quarter of 2020 or a sole proprietor statement
  • Documentation of the amount of loans received from the Paycheck Protection Program
  • An active state business registration, license or other documentation of the businesses’ ability to operate in Florida

These grants are part of a larger funding allocation to Escambia County by the federal CARES Act via the State of Florida. Escambia County has been initially allocated more than $14.32 million in funding. The Board of Commissioners has committed half of this funding will go directly to the county’s residents and businesses in the form of direct payments.


13 Responses to “Applications Open This Week For Over $7 Million In Escambia CARES Personal, Business Grants”

  1. Christopher Wong on September 21st, 2020 4:49 pm

    I just hope this pandemic passes over soon I lost my job and I need money to pay bills

  2. Marilou Acoba on September 19th, 2020 7:52 pm

    Im just hoping this pandemic is gone we need help To support are needed everyday food in pay some bills

  3. Janelle Matthews on September 19th, 2020 2:30 am

    What if I don’t have my w2 and I can’t get it

  4. Lyneth Kent on September 17th, 2020 1:08 pm

    I’m praying this covid 19 pandemic virus will be over soon so that everything will be go back to normal

  5. Lynette McCants on September 16th, 2020 5:49 am

    I am in need of everything for his food help with bills I just started back working and I am trying to catch up the bills that has been delivered to my house in the last four months due to this COVID-19 that I haven’t been able to pay please help in anyway thank you

  6. Tracey Knight Brandon on September 15th, 2020 9:56 am

    I am in need of everything

  7. Tina Washington on September 15th, 2020 2:48 am

    I have definitely been affected by Covid 19, there were 18 members at my job with Covid. 3 in the kitchen that I worked with daily! Very afraid of my life for my family! I have a new born grand child and 7 year that I try to protect. So I feel like I’m surrounded by Covid 19

  8. Carolyn GILKES on September 14th, 2020 8:25 pm

    I am Interested I have been effected by the Pandemic. I Certify childcare professionals in the Early Childhood field.Schools have been Closed and are starting to reopen slowly.My Business an 2 employees have suffered greatly. Because this is Our Livelihood .I Took out a loan to pay but we are still suffering due to Pandemic. We are definitely looking for funding so we can continue to help our Childcare providers an Community Families.

  9. Kendra walton on September 14th, 2020 1:49 pm

    Hey I have two kids a girl and a boy I’ve been in the Hud list for 5years now.
    When I finally received the call that my Hud Voucher came through, COVID-19 hits. All business closed down. 2months later I then received a email with HUD company finding away for everyone to receive they voucher. But due to covid business being closed and the no eviction policy it’s been very hard to find a place . The location my children and I have been staying in has placed a eviction notice After the 2nd I paid my rent $800 now we’re about to be homeless without any funds. I found a Hud location property filed out my RTA but now have to wait for the next process to be moved in. I’ve been having a lovely friend that’s a veteran helping but she’s reached a personal PTSD complications which has been hard for her to help us anymore. At this point I don’t know which way to turn I just know I’m a mother first that’s truly been trying to provide but honestly just don’t which way to turn now.

  10. Debbie Gusick on September 14th, 2020 12:55 pm

    What form is accepted for certification of being effected by Covid 19? Thank You for your help in this matter.

  11. Tom on September 14th, 2020 12:49 pm

    Certification of COVID-19 impact? I to am confused what this is or means. Could it mean proof of receiving unemployment benefits related to covid-19. If anyone has any ideas I am all ears, because everything else I understand.

  12. Darin haynes on September 14th, 2020 12:00 pm

    documents such as

  13. Nicole Saxon on September 14th, 2020 8:50 am

    How can I obtain certification of being effected by COVID 19, for u? What do u need?

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