Due to the community’s overwhelming response, Hillsborough County’s Rapid Response Recovery (R3) Small Business and Individual Assistance programs have reached their funding limits. Hillsborough County is no longer accepting applications for these programs. Completed applications that have been submitted are currently being processed. Residents and businesses who submitted completed applications can continue to track the status of their applications through the online portal.

Applicants for Housing & Utilities assistance: please note that the County approved an expansion of the months of benefit and we are working on processing through the additional payments. Please be patient!

For questions about a submitted individual application, please call (866) 538-2926. The call center is open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For questions about a submitted small business assistance application, please call (888) 393-7509. The call center is open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Financial Assistance Programs Overview

Hillsborough County has received funds from the U.S. Department of the Treasury intended to drive the local economy and put citizens back to work. Our program places an emphasis on small businesses and disadvantaged areas that have been economically injured by COVID-19. The County-wide program covers unincorporated areas and all municipalities and is being rolled out in phases. More information about this program is located here.

To learn more about each funding stream, select from the drop-down menu below:

Housing & Utilities Financial Assistance

Overview

Hillsborough County has received funds from the U.S. Department of the Treasury intended to provide support and financial relief to residents impacted by a loss or reduction of employment income due to COVID-19, and the resulting economic environment. Funds should be used to cover the financial obligation of rent or mortgage. For those who qualify for utilities assistance, this benefit will be paid directly to the utility company.

This County-wide program covers unincorporated areas and all municipalities and will remain open as long as funds are available.

Qualifying Criteria

To qualify, you must:

  • Be a Hillsborough County resident
  • Have suffered loss or reduction of employment income due to COVID-19 (after March 1, 2020)
  • Be currently responsible for paying rent or mortgage
  • Have already filed your 2019 federal income tax return
  • Have 2019 reported income at or below 120% of the Area Median Income threshold for your household size (based on line 8b of your 2019 federal income tax return)

Award Details

The amount of housing assistance you receive is calculated based on the number of people in your household.

Household Size (2019 tax return) Max Annual Income (2019 AGI) Benefit Amount (per mo.)
1 Person Up to 59,160 $1,055
2 Persons Up to 67,650 $1,266
3 Persons Up to 75,960
4 Persons Up to 84,360 $1,462
5 Persons Up to 91,200
6 Persons Up to $97,920 $1,631
7 Persons Up to $104,640
8+ Persons Up to $111,360 $1,800

Based on the date when you suffered loss or reduction in employment income, you may be eligible for multiple months of financial assistance, up to a maximum of five (5) months.

Date of loss of income Months of assistance
March 1 – July 31, 2020 5
August 1 – August 31, 2020 4
September 1 – September 30, 2020 3
October 1 – October 31, 2020 2
November 1 – November 30, 2020 1

When we process your application, we will check your answers against your 2019 Form 1040:

  • Claimed number of household members
  • 2019 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI), found on row 8b:

If you are approved for housing financial assistance, we will make your check out to the name on your application and we will mail your check to the address associated with the lease or mortgage you submit. Please make sure all this information is correct.

For utility assistance, you’ll need to provide a copy of your latest past due TECO utility statement. The statement needs to have your name (or the name of someone from your 2019 tax return) on it. During application processing, we will confirm your past-due balance from March 1, 2020 to present. Once your application is approved, the County will issue payment directly to the utility company.

Application Requirements

You will need to attach the following documents to your application:

  • VALID driver’s license or ID card: scanned copy of the front of your Florida driver’s license or identification card
  • 2019 tax return: BOTH PAGES of your 2019 federal income tax return (Form 1040 – your name must be present on the form)
  • Lease or mortgage: copy of your lease (SIGNED by both tenant and landlord) or latest mortgage statement (all pages). Your name must be on the lease/mortgage statement, and the address must match your address on the application)
  • Paycheck: copy of your LAST full paycheck received, pre-COVID impact (pay stub, pay statement, check image, or bank statement page that shows the direct deposit)
  • Proof of loss of wages: copy of your FIRST reduced paycheck, furlough lay-off letter from employer, unemployment statement, or company-issued proof of loss statement after March 1, 2020.
  • (Utilities Only) Past due TECO utility statement: copy of a recent past due utility statement. Your name (or the name of someone who is listed on your 2019 tax return) must be on the utility statement to qualify. The service address on the statement must also match the address you provide on the application and your lease/mortgage statement.

If you are unsure about whether your documentation is acceptable, please call us for assistance at (866) 538-2926.

For both your housing benefit and your utility benefit, you will receive confirmation of your final eligible benefit in your payment notification.

Additional Disclosures

Additional Terms and Conditions for all applications are located here. When you submit an application, you agree to these Terms & Conditions, so please make sure you read them before you apply. Here are some additional details about the funding source for this program:

  • Federal award identification: Coronavirus Relief Fund
  • FAIN number: SLT0153
  • Federal award date: April 22, 2020
  • Federal award project description: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act") established the $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund ("the Fund"). Payments must be used for necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19) between March 1, 2020, to December 30, 2020. Payments must be used to cover costs that were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020. Governments otherwise have broad discretion to utilize payments for expenditures ranging from COVID-19 testing to reimbursing small businesses for the costs of business interruption caused by required closures.
  • Federal awarding agency: U.S. Dept. of the Treasury
  • Pass-through entity: Hillsborough County, FL
  • CFDA Number: 21.019
  • CFDA name: Coronavirus Relief Fund
  • R&D designation: Non R&D

Economic Recovery Financial Assistance

Overview

This funding stream is designed to support Hillsborough County’s small businesses by providing a rapid infusion of capital. Funds are intended to be used to cover operational/working capital expenses.

Qualifying Criteria:

To qualify, your business must:

  • Business must have had more than $40,000 and less than $20 million in revenue (2019, or 2018 if not yet filed for 2019)
    • For businesses formed during 2019, gross business revenue can be prorated over the number of months since the establishment of the business as evidenced by the business's documentation filed with the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations, and used to create an estimated annual amount.
  • Be a for-profit business
  • NOT be publicly traded
  • Have been in operation since before January 1, 2020
  • Be currently open for business
  • Be legally registered, fully licensed (as required by applicable law), and up to date on tax payments/filings
  • Have been forced to close (deemed non-essential, or a public food service establishment as defined by Chapter 509, Florida Statutes) by the government and/or suffered a demonstrable economic injury due to COVID-19
  • Be primarily based in Hillsborough County (physical location)

Award Value:

The amount of money you receive is dependent on the size of your business, based on the number of employees noted on your January-March 2020 (Q1) Form 941:

  • Businesses with 2 or fewer employees (and sole proprietors): $10,000
  • Businesses with 3-10 employees: $20,000
  • Businesses with 11-20 employees: $30,000
  • Businesses with 21+ employees: $40,000

To determine whether your business was forced to close or restricted/forced to reduce capacity as ordered by a local or state order, refer to the following resources:

Application Requirements:

Depending on your business type, you will need to attach the following documents to your application:

  • Individual (Sole Proprietorship, Single Owner LLC): 2019 Schedule C (Form 1040) OR if no 2019 Schedule C is available, provide 2018 Schedule C (Form 1040)
  • Corporation (C-Corp, S-Corp, LLC): 2019 Corporation Income Tax Return (Form 1120 or Form 1120-S OR if no 2019 tax return is available, provide 2018 tax return)
  • Partnership: 2019 Return of Partnership Income (Form 1065) OR if no 2019 tax return is available, provide 2018 tax return

And all applicants for any funding stream need to submit the following:

  • Scanned copy of the front of the applicant's driver’s license
  • W-9 form (you can download a copy of the form here)
  • [3+ employees only] Most recent Form 941 (from FY20 Q1, or if you didn’t file then, FY19 Q4)

Additional Disclosures:

Additional Terms and Conditions for all applications are located here. When you submit an application, you agree to these Terms & Conditions, so please make sure you read them before you apply. Here are some additional details about the funding source for this program:

  • Federal award identification: Coronavirus Relief Fund
  • FAIN number: SLT0153
  • Federal award date: April 22, 2020
  • Federal award project description: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act") established the $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund ("the Fund"). Payments must be used for necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19) between March 1, 2020, to December 30, 2020. Payments must be used to cover costs that were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020. Governments otherwise have broad discretion to utilize payments for expenditures ranging from COVID-19 testing to reimbursing small businesses for the costs of business interruption caused by required closures.
  • Federal awarding agency: U.S. Dept. of the Treasury
  • Pass-through entity: Hillsborough County, FL
  • CFDA Number: 21.019
  • CFDA name: Coronavirus Relief Fund
  • R&D designation: Non R&D