Apply now: St. Pete giving $5,000 grants to businesses affected by coronavirus


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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – St. Petersburg has launched a $6.8 million fund to help businesses survive during the coronavirus pandemic.

The fund is expected to help about 1,000 restaurant, bar, retail, and service-based businesses and their more than 3,000 eligible employees.

The program provides $5,000 grants to local businesses and $500 to impacted eligible individuals. 

In order to qualify, businesses/applicants must:

  • Be independently-owned and operated
  • Be a restaurant, bar, or retail store or service
  • Have 25 or fewer employees
  • Be physically located in St. Petersburg
  • Be at least 50% locally owned by residents of St. Petersburg
  • Be employees who reside in St. Pete that were terminated, furloughed or whose
  • salary has been reduced at least 50% from an eligible business

Business owners seeking financial assistance can now apply for grants by visiting


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