Applications for Manatee CARES will continue to be reviewed until March 31

Applications for Manatee CARES will continue to be reviewed until March 31
Posted on 12/30/2020

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Dec. 30, 2020) – Following the recent approval of the federal spending package, pending applications for Manatee CARES Act funding for local residents, small businesses, nonprofit agencies and community organizations will continue to be reviewed through March 31. Nonprofits will have until that date to draw down on funds awarded through Manatee CARES programs.

The COVID-19 Relief & Omnibus Spending Package signed into law on Dec. 27 extended the deadline for counties to disburse CARES funding allocated through the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) until December 31, 2021. The extension does not include additional funding through the CARES Act.

In coming weeks, Manatee County Commissioners will consider the County's course of action for reviewing and distributing any unspent CARES dollars in our community and any funds available through the spending package that may be disbursed by local government.

With the extended deadline, pending applications will continue to be approved for the Manatee CARES Housing Assistance Program and Recover Manatee Safety First Small Business Grant Program. Nonprofits will have an opportunity to continue current CARES agreements through March 31 to allow them to continue to draw down already awarded dollars through the Community Health and Wellbeing Category.

To date, Manatee County has approved more than $6 million in CARES Act funding for programs promoting Community Health & Wellbeing and $27.5 million in CARES Act funding for Economic Recovery programs, including business recovery, rental and mortgage assistance for residents, and other local nonprofit programs for individuals. View the Manatee CARES Funding Dashboard for more funding data.

For more information on Manatee CARES programs and to apply, visit