Business Resources (COVID-19)
What is the Collier Community Assistance Program (CCAP)?
Collier County is continuing to financially assist residents, small businesses, including agricultural and nonprofits affected by COVID-19. This new program opens March 29 through this fall or until funds are depleted, whichever one occurs first. Applications open on March 29 at 12 p.m. (noon).
Small Business Assistance
Small businesses, nonprofits, and agricultural operations may qualify for assistance with past-due water and electric bills and repayment of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). Your business(es) must be in Collier County, have a business tax license, hold a Sunbiz registration, and employ 100 or less full-time equivalent (FTE) staff. Applicants should select small business during the application process.
Business owners that own more than one business, with each business having its own employer identification number (EIN), and meets all other eligibility requirements, may apply for assistance for each business. An application must be submitted for each business. For past due water and electric bill assistance, the utility accounts must be in the name of each business. Each qualified applicant may receive a one-time grant of up to $25,000 toward EIDL repayment and utility assistance. Since this is a grant and not a loan, it does not need to be paid back.
Assistance for Small Businesses
The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing billions toward job retention and certain other expenses.
Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.
The recent passage of a new COVID-19 relief package has expanded allowable and forgivable uses of PPP funds to include certain technology expenses, property damage due to public disturbances that are not covered by insurance, certain expenditures to a business supplier, and costs of personal protective equipment required to comply with federal, state, or local safety guidelines. The package has also made modifications to other programs such as the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and microloans. For more information on the PPP program and other small business supports visit: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options
For assistance in completing these applications, contact your local Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) office at [email protected] or 239-745-3700.