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Polk CARES 2020

Senior and Disabled Resident CARES Program

The Board of County Commissioners allocated $12.5 million for this program. Qualifying households will receive $2,000 to help with additional expenses incurred as a result of COVID-19. Only one application per household will be accepted.

The application process is now closed.

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Polk CARES 2020 Assistance Dashboard

Senior and Disabled Resident CARES Program

Data verified through September 25, 2020 at 6 a.m.
Senior and Disabled Resident Grants$12.5 million
# of Applications Submitted for Review4,273
# of Applications Approved for Funding4,834
$ Allocated$9,668,000
$ Remaining to be Allocated$2,832,000

Mortgage and Rental Assistance Program

Data verified through September 24, 2020 at 5 p.m.
Mortgage and Rental Assistance Grants$3.0 million
# of Applications Awaiting Assignment659
# of Applications Under Review528
# of Applications Submitted Waiting for Review27
# of Applications Approved for Funding141
$ Allocated$634,325
$ Remaining to be Allocated$2,365,675

Small Business Grants

Data verified through September 25, 2020 at 6 p.m.
Small Business Grants$20 million
# of Applications In Progress with Applicants0
# of Applications Submitted59
# of Applications Approved for Funding5,859
$ Allocated$19,371,000
$ Remaining to be Allocated$629,000

Mortgage and Rental Assistance Program

The final day to submit an application for the Mortgage and Rental Assistance Program was Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020.

The Polk County Board of County Commissioners accepted nearly $2 million in additional CARES Act Funds. These funds were made available to Polk residents to pay delinquent rent and mortgage payments due to layoffs and furloughs caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Questions regarding the status of your application may be emailed to HNDRequests@polk-county.net. You may also log on to check on the status of your application; however, no new applications are being accepted at this time.

Online Application: Mortgage and Rental Assistance Program

Individuals/Households

The final day to submit an application for individual/household assistance was Friday, July 10, 2020. Applications that were started, but not completed and submitted with proper documentation before the deadline, will not be considered.

Questions regarding the status of your individual/household application may be emailed to PolkCARES_Individuals@polk-county.net.

If you need financial assistance, and did not receive Polk CARES funds through this program, please call United Way of Central Florida at 2-1-1. They have agencies that may be able to help you.

Small Business

Small business applications closed at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, July 17, 2020. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

You may log in to check on the status of your application or to add documents if your application is under review. No new applications are being accepted.

Online Application: Small Business