Gilchrist CARES – (Application process is NOW CLOSED)

Gilchrist County created the Gilchrist County CARES Program to distribute the majority of the County’s initial award of CARES Act funds. Awards through the initial funding of the Gilchrist County CARES Program will be used to assist Gilchrist County businesses whose principal address is located within the boundaries of Gilchrist County (unincorporated and incorporated areas), as reported to the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations (“Florida Division of Corporations”) or other credible source documentation, in recouping costs associated with business interruption caused by required closures or voluntary closures or decreased demand due to the COVID-19 public health emergency or related Executive Orders issued by Governor Ron DeSantis or other state agencies (“Executive Orders”). These funds must be allocated completely on or before December 30, 2020. Additional CARES Act funding may be distributed to Gilchrist County on a date yet to be determined.

As part of the CARES Act, the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners (“BOCC”), in partnership with the State of Florida Division of Emergency Management, is proud to provide direct funds through the Gilchrist County CARES Program to local businesses who have suffered from business interruptions, closures, reduced demand or increased expenditures, or other hardships resulting from the COVD-19 public health emergency or related Executive Orders.

The Gilchrist County CARES Program consists of a one-time fixed amount grant to qualifying Gilchrist County-based small businesses with up to 50 employees to aid in their recovery from the COVID-19 public health emergency and related business interruptions, closures, reduced demand or increased expenditures. The grants are targeted specifically to help local businesses with their principal address located in Gilchrist County, as reported to the Florida Division of Corporations or other credible source documentation.

The fixed amounts will be based on number of an applicant’s employees as of February 29, 2020. The definition of employee includes the owner of the business plus any person that is employed full-time, part-time, or on a seasonal basis by the grant applicant. The grant amounts, based on number of employees, are as follows:
• Self-Employed (1 employee): $2,000
• 2 to 20 employees: $10,000
• 21-50 employees: $12,500

Please note, under Chapter 119, Florida Statutes, information included in this application and any documentation submitted as part of the application or throughout the application process may be subject to public records requests.

Fill out the below application completely and attach all required documents. Gilchrist County staff may request additional supporting documents including, but not limited to, bank statements, financial statements or information, receipts, and other financial documents. Any additional documents requested must be provided. Failure to submit a complete application with required documents attached, or failure to submit any additional supporting documents requested may result in your application being delayed or denied.

Completed online applications and required documents must be emailed to or dropped off at 209 SE First Street Trenton, FL 32693. Questions about the application should be emailed to

You must read the document Gilchrist County CARES Program and Guidance prior to completing this application. There is important information and guidance that will be helpful to you.

Apply for Gilchrist CARES Funding




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