Small Business Grants Available for Manatee & Sarasota Small Businesses

Small Business Grants Available for Manatee County & Sarasota County Small Businesses

Manatee and Sarasota Area Business Owners –

If you have not yet checked your eligibility for the Small Business Grants available to businesses, now is the time to do that! Find helpful info and links below.

Your Manatee Chamber team is here to provide accurate, timely information from official sources. Check out our online calendar full of webinars, guest speaker events, and opportunities to network and connect. We’ve highlighted three special events below.


Manatee County Small Business, Non-Profit, and Housing Assistance Grants 

Manatee County has announced the next rounds of CARES Act grant applications will begin to open up next week. Manatee County will distribute up to $70 million in CARES Act funding to help our community cope with the financial impact of the pandemic and position us for recovery. 

  • Small Business Grants – Round 3 opens on Wednesday, October 21 - Small businesses in Manatee County may apply for grants of up to $5,000 to cover expenses related to PPE and other health and safety procedures necessary to reopen and/or operate safely. They may also apply for up to $45,000 to reimburse documented business losses brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligibility includes businesses that were able to access PPP and EIDL loans or grants and also includes home-based businesses.

·Non-Profit and Community Organization Grants -- Round 3 opens on Monday, October 19

·Housing Assistance Grants-- Round 4 opens on Wednesday, October 28


Sarasota County Small Business, Non-Profit, and Individual Assistance Grants 

Sarasota County is accepting applications for its CARES Act grant programs. Assistance is available for Sarasota County businesses, non-profits, and individuals. 

·Overview of Sarasota County Programs

·Business Assistance Site, including Link to Application

·Guide for Business Assistance


Chamber Webinar: PPP/EIDL/CARES Act Assistance Programs | Tuesday, October 27 

With federal and local relief disbursed to approved borrowers and applicants, now is the time to plan for PPP Forgiveness, ensure EIDL expenditures are allowable, or apply for reimbursement of Manatee CARES expenses. It’s critical that you properly document the spending of funds and avoid common mistakes so that you can receive the full forgiveness or reimbursement. Register for this event by using this link.

-------------------------------------- Continues to Provide Important Info for Our Community

We continue to add up-to-date info on, including links to a wide variety of help related to relief, restarting, and recovery. Highlights include a library of recorded webinars on topics geared towards businesses and their employees, links to official guidelines for a diverse list of industries, updates on Executive Orders and local ordinances, and more.

Small Business Grants Available for Manatee & Sarasota Small Businesses

Small Business Grants Available for Manatee & Sarasota Small Businesses