Bridge to Recovery Program

1-25 Employees

The goal of the Bridge to Recovery Program is to prevent small businesses from closing and to retain employees during the COVID-19 pandemic by offering funds for operations to include rent/mortgage, salaries, utilities, supplies, and working capital.

Target Market

  • Business physically located in Marion County
  • Owner and business must both reside in Marion County
  • In business for a minimum of 1-year (November 1st, 2019)
  • Must be licensed to do business in Marion County/Florida
  • The following types of businesses are not eligible: chain or franchise business, real estate investment, multi-level marketing, adult entertainment, or firearms
  • Businesses with past due tax liabilities or tax liens, and businesses currently in bankruptcy are not eligible
  • Must submit P&L and balance sheet for 2018, 2019 & year to date
  • Must submit a plan for how these funds will help sustain them to recovery

Mandatory Financial Review Program

To receive funds, a recipient must complete a 1-hour financial overview class which will be available online

** Please watch the video below before submitting an application for the Bridge to Recovery Program

Program Guidelines

  • Business must be operational at the time of funding
  • Business must provide sufficient information documenting that the jobs would have been lost without these funds
  • Business must provide all the required documentation

Use of Funds

  • Working capital to enable retention of jobs
  • Rent/mortgage
  • Utilities
  • Supplies

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • CEP staff will monitor progress on a quarterly basis for a period of one year

Application Process

  • All of the application process will be completed online
  • Requests will be evaluated by a Review Committee

Applications Closed - Thank You


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Tyler LeCompte