Tarpon Springs authorizes grants to help small businesses

The Tarpon Springs City Commission has authorized Small Business Endurance Grants to assist local small businesses with the economic challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant will provide a one-time payment of $1,000 to eligible small businesses in the City of Tarpon Springs experiencing hardships due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

The grant application period will run from Thursday, April 9, 2020, until Thursday, April 23, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. The application involves a simple online application on the City’s website. Applicants without Internet access can obtain a hard copy at the drive-through window at the City Clerk’s Office, 410 N. Ring Street

Funding will be on a first-come, first-served basis until the funding is exhausted or through the application deadline. The City Commission authorized the use of $100,000 from the City emergency reserve funds.

In order to be eligible, businesses must meet the following criteria (see website for complete instructions and eligibility):

  • Be public-facing
  • Be directly impacted by the public health requirements of COVID-19
  • Principal place of business must be within the incorporated city limits
  • Have 50 or fewer employees prior to March 1, 2020
  • Must demonstrate a loss in revenue and be in need of working capital to continue operations.
  • Business mush have no outstanding code enforcement fines and must have a current business tax license
  • Owners of multiple businesses are eligible for only one grant. If additional funding is made available, the City may make additional grants available in the future.
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