Caring for Lives and Livelihoods
Leon CARES assists Leon County small businesses with COVID-19 expenses such as employee wages, vendor bills, rent, utilities, promotion, and safety costs. Photo courtesy of Leon County.

On Monday, Aug. 17, Leon County Government will open its Leon CARES online portal to distribute millions of dollars in direct assistance to those in our community impacted by COVID-19. If you have experienced a loss of income as a small business owner, you may be eligible for up to $8,500 in direct assistance through Leon CARES. In addition, if your employees are behind on rent, mortgage and utility bills, they may be eligible for up to $3,000 in direct assistance through Leon CARES.

Applying is easy, and certain eligibility criteria apply. You can begin with Leon County’s one-stop portal at LeonCountyCARES.com to:

  • Apply for direct assistance
  • Verify your program eligibility
  • Receive assistance from other Leon CARES-supported community programs


Small Business Assistance

The Leon CARES Small Business Grant Program seeks to drive economic recovery and put citizens back to work by investing $7.5 million in the restart, re-launch and re-opening of local businesses impacted by COVID-19. The Small Business Grant Program will provide financial support to approximately 3,100 qualifying small businesses located in Leon County (including businesses within the City of Tallahassee) to cover business expenses directly related to COVID-19, including business relaunch costs and COVID-19 safety costs.


Leon CARES provides federal funds to meet critical community needs related to COVID-19. Photo courtesy of Leon County.

Individual Assistance

The Leon CARES Individual Assistance Program will provide assistance to Leon County house­holds (including within the City of Tallahassee) that are experiencing financial difficulty due to COVID-19. Eligi­ble households may receive up to $3,000 in one-time assistance to support past-due rent, mortgage and utility bills. The funds will be provided directly to the landlord, property manager, mortgage company or utility com­pany on behalf of eligible applicants. For mortgage assistance, the applicant’s home must be homesteaded.

Leon County CARES also provides local human service agency assistance and funds the following community programs:

  • Public health
  • Food Insecurity and Homelessness
  • Childcare Support

Approved by the Leon County Board of County Commissioners in July 2020, the Leon CARES expenditure plan uses federal dollars to fund essential public health and safety expenditures related to COVID-19 including enhanced testing and contract tracing, direct assistance to individuals experiencing financial hardship, a variety of human service needs, critical economic relief to the local business community, and direct COVID-related costs incurred by the county, constitutional and judicial offices, and the City of Tallahassee.

Leon CARES assists Leon County households with past-due rent, mortgage and utility bills. Photo courtesy of Leon County.

So again, if you or your employees have been impacted by COVID-19, you may be eligible for direct assistance. Visit LeonCountyCARES.com to learn more. Applications open Monday, August 17!


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