Safety First Small Business Grant Program


Applications that were submitted by Friday, July 24 at 5 p.m. are now being reviewed for eligibility and customers will be notified. 

Note: If additional funds are available, a second round of applications will be accepted. Eligibility requirements may change. Please monitor for details.

Program Information

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The purpose of the Safety First Small Business Grant Program is to provide assistance to small businesses that were severely impacted by the Governor’s Executive Orders (Safer at Home Act) to implement safety measures to re-open safely for their employees and customers.

Grants of up to $5,000 will be issued to eligible applicants. Funds can be used for re-opening sanitation and safety supplies, including personal protective equipment (PPE); signage; marketing; outdoor seating; inventory and materials; equipment and supplies; and software.

What businesses are eligible?

Business in the following industries are eligible: Retail, Personal Services, Medical/Dental Practice, Restaurant/Bar/Cafe, Hospitality/Tourism and Childcare Services.

Businesses must fit the following criteria:

  • Has recorded losses related to the Governor’s Safer at Home Order
  • Up to 15 full-time equivalent employees (FTE)
  • Located in Manatee County (all municipalities are included)
  • Not operating as a non-profit, or not-for-profit
  • Does not have code and/or regulation violations that have resulted in outstanding fines or liens
  • Does not have unpaid utility bill
  • Has not received any awards from the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and/or Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
  • Is registered with the State of Florida, or can provide Department of Revenue filing, or can provide IRS Forms 941, W3, or 1120
  • Not home-based, unless a home-based childcare business

What documentation will I be asked to provide?

During the application process, you will be required to upload the following to the online portal:

  • Current IRS Forms 941, W3, or 1120 
  • Active State of Florida Business registration (Sunbiz documents), license or other documentation (sole proprietor statement - save to your computer and fill out/sign)
  • Last paid utility bill 
  • Profit and Loss Statement or Affidavit of business loss (save PDF to your computer and fill out/sign) with two comparable bank statements
  • Completed W9 Form
  • Applicant Photo ID 

You will be required to provide the Parcel ID for your business. Search the address on our Resident Information Tool and the parcel ID number will be listed in the first box under the address.