Doral, FL – Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez and City Council have approved Doral CARES grant programs to small businesses who have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and residents who can demonstrate a pressing financial need due to the pandemic.
Beginning on October 1st at 8:00 a.m., the City will begin accepting applications online for two separate grant programs: the Doral CARES Emergency Rental Assistance Program and Doral CARES Business Recovery Assistance Grant. Funding for these assistance programs is made possible through funding allocated from federal Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) monies provided through Miami- Dade County.
“These programs will provide much needed relief to our community during this difficult time, “said Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez. “It’s our priority that these funds reach our small businesses and residents that have been most affected, aiding in the recovery of our City.”
The Doral CARES Small Business Assistance Grant provides eligible businesses with a one-time assistance grant of up to $10,000.00 for allowable specified COVID-19 relief.
The reimbursement grant program is intended to help small businesses with 3 to 25 employees and not a part of a national chain or franchise to recoup COVID-related operational expenses incurred between March 12, 2020 and September 30, 2020, including rent, employee salaries, inventory, insurance, communications, technological upgrades, training, cleaning, and COVID prevention supplies related to the pandemic.
Grants will be considered on a first-come first-served basis and will be awarded to eligible businesses until funds are expended. The amount of the grant will be based on the expenses submitted, and the amount of funding available.
The Doral CARES Emergency Rental Assistance Program provides a one-time assistance grant of up to $2,500.00 to help residents cover unpaid rental payments. For qualifying residents, rental assistance will be based on one month’s rent up to the maximum grant amount.
Grant funds will be disbursed first come, first served directly to landlords until funds are exhausted. Funds will be paid directly to approved landlords in the form of a grant which must be used solely to provide rent forgiveness in the same amount to eligible tenants.
Full eligibility details and application can be found on the City’s website. Residents and businesses must submit a completed application online at http://www.CityofDoral.com/DoralCARES and provide all required materials to be considered eligible.
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