Small Businesses

Nassau CARES Logo-SMALLTake a minute and answer the following questions:

  • Do you own a small business in Nassau County that has been negatively affected by COVID-19? 
  • Are you a Nassau County resident? 
  • Does your business have 9 or fewer employees and 2019 revenues of less than $1 million?

Then you may be eligible for assistance. 

Nassau County’s Small Business Assistance Grant Program will invest at least $2.2 million in the County’s small businesses. The Small Business Assistance Grant Program will allow up to 440 qualifying small businesses access to a maximum of $5,000 per applicant in grant money to cover normal business expenses, including employee wages, vendor bills, rent, utilities and employee/customer safety costs to help offset the temporary loss of revenue due to COVID-19. The Federal Cares Act has provided the funding for this County program.

Businesses financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic may apply for a one-time cash payment through the County’s Small Business Assistance Grant Program which is designed to assist small businesses in need of short-term assistance due to disruption of business operations and loss of revenue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. To be eligible for the County’s Small Business Assistance Grant Program, businesses must meet the requirements listed in the Eligibility section.

Business ClosedEligible for-profit businesses will be required to provide the documentation listed in the Application to verify their eligibility.

Eligible business will be required to pledge in good faith to make all efforts to remain operational after applicable local and state emergency guidelines are removed and commit to following the COVID-19 Prevention Measures recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Application packets can be picked up at the following locations during the normal business hours: 

  • Nassau County, James S. Page Governmental Complex, 96135 Nassau Place, Yulee, FL 32097
  • Callahan Town Hall, 542300 US Highway 1, Callahan, FL 32011
  • Fernandina Beach City Hall, 204 Ash Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
  • Hilliard Town Hall, 15859 West County Road 108, Hilliard, FL  32046
  • Nassau County Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101-G, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Downloadable applications will be available HERE starting at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2020. To request application packets by email, send your request to cares@nassaucountyfl.com. To request application packets by U.S. Mail, please contact the Nassau CARES hotline between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at (904) 530-6800 beginning on Monday, August 3, 2020.

INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE WITH YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE AVAILABLE BY CONTACTING THE NASSAU CARES HOTLINE BETWEEN 8:00 A.M. AND 5:00 P.M., MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AT (904) 530-6800 BEGINNING ON MONDAY, AUGUST 3, 2020 OR BY E-MAILING cares@nassaucountyfl.com 

In-person assistance may be arranged by scheduling an appointment with a Nassau CARES representative by contacting (904) 530-6800 or cares@nassaucountyfl.com .

For your application to be considered, it must be received by the Nassau CARES office not later than the 5:00 p.m. on August 17, 2020.

Paper applications and documentation will be accepted at the drop box located at the front entrance of the James S. Page Governmental Complex, 96135 Nassau Place, Yulee, FL 32097 beginning Monday, August 3, 2020 or if mailed or FedExed to: Nassau CARES Application, 96135 Nassau Place, Yulee, FL 32097 and delivered by 5:00 p.m. on August 17, 2020.

pdf-upload-2619CLICK HERE TO UPLOAD FORMS AND DOCUMENTATION 

pdf-download-2617 Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions on required documentation to receive a Small Business Assistance Grant.

Electronic submission can be conducted through the CARES Documentation and Upload Form link within this Small Business section of the website.  Nassau County recommends applicants use the encrypted CARES Documentation and Upload Form to submit applications and required documentation as the information may contain Personally Identifiable Information (PII).  The use of email to transmit PII is discouraged and not recommended. If any documentation is missing in your electronic submission, you will need to resubmit all documentation again. Only the most recent electronic submission will be reviewed for eligibility and must still meet submittal deadlines.

Eligible applicants that submit complete applications will be selected for an award by an independent contractor.  Incomplete applications or missing documentation will be deemed ineligible.  Applications will be automatically rejected if documents are missing, falsified or illegible.

The process for selection will be to sequentially number all submittals on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 (but not in date/time order of submittal).  After all applications have been numbered, the contractor will use a Random Sequence Generator to establish a review sequence.  The applications will be reviewed based on random sequence until the maximum number of eligible applications are processed.

 Applicants will be notified of their award beginning the week of August 31, 2020.

Awards will be disbursed by the Clerk’s Office via Direct Deposit (which may require bank deposit information) or by checks.

pdf-download-2617Click Here to Download the Application and Eligibility Certification Form

Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions