Available Programs

The CEP is partnering with Marion County to make available a number of strategic programs to assist businesses in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. These programs are made available thanks to an allocation of the County’s CARES Act funds. The available programs can be found below.

Bridge to Recovery Program

The Small Business Assistance Program seeks to assist businesses with 25 or fewer employees who have been experiencing continuing negative impacts as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The business will need to submit an online application demonstrating the negative impact of COVID-19 and will be able to receive up to $15,000.  The business will be expected to maintain the same number of employees.

Moving Forward Program

The Business Assistance Program seeks to assist businesses with 26-100 employees who have been experiencing continuing negative impacts as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The business will need to submit an online application demonstrating the negative impact of COVID-19 and will be able to receive up to $40,000.  The business will be expected to maintain the same number of employees.

Testing Capacity Enhancement Reimbursement Grant

Private labs, clinics, and physician offices can apply to be reimbursed for the purchase of equipment, testing supplies, additional space, etc. to expand their testing capabilities.

Project Operating Safely (PPE Reimbursement Program)

Project Operating Safely will provide up to $3,000 in reimbursements to local businesses with fewer than 100 employees and up to $10,000 for businesses with more than 100 employees for the purchase of necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) and other health and safety-related items and services.  Businesses may apply once for a reimbursement and funds will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

Moving Biz Forward Training Programs

Training for a safer, more efficient business during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can non-profits apply for any of these programs?
These programs are only for for-profit businesses. However, the Community Foundation will be offering similar programs for local non-profits.
What if the business is not registered in Sunbiz?

You can supply a bank statement or utility bill demonstrating the business as being located in Marion County. This statement or invoice can also be used to confirm that the business has met the requisite length of service if it is back dated (i.e. a utility bill from January 2019 would meet both the residency and years in business requirements).

What if the business is located in Marion County but the owner does not reside in Marion County?

The business cannot apply for either the Bridge to Recovery or Moving Forward programs but can apply for either of the reimbursement program if it meets the other requirements.

Can I purchase PPE for the upcoming months and still be reimbursed?

Yes. A business can purchase PPE and related products to insure their employees and customers are safe for the near future. The PPE reimbursement can only be submitted once so the business will want to insure it is maximizing its reimbursement before submitting.

Our physician’s office purchased COVID-19 testing equipment in May. Can we get reimbursed for this purchase?

No. Only purchases made after 1 July that expand or increase the testing capacity are eligible for reimbursement.

Our private lab is looking to expand into the adjacent office space. Can we get reimbursed for any of the expenses of retrofitting this space for a lab?

Yes, if you can demonstrate that this expansion will allow the lab to process more COVID-19 tests then this could be an allowable expense for reimbursement.

Can my business apply for more than one program?

Yes, if it meets the eligibility requirements. While a company can only choose between the Bridge to Recovery and Moving Forward programs based on its employment, it may apply for one of these programs and one or both of the reimbursement programs if it meets the requirements.