The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is a federal aid program with funds distributed to each state based on overall population. States are guaranteed a minimum of $1.25 billion regardless of population and funds must be spent in calendar year 2020. Local governments receiving aid must have more than 500,000 residents. As such, Florida’s 12 largest counties are eligible—including Broward County which will receive the State’s second largest allotment following Miami-Dade County.
Distribution of these funds locally is in the form of one-time payments [made directly to the recipient’s mortgage company] for qualifying residents delinquent in mortgage payments due to the Coronavirus. In both cases, monies are dispersed in the form of a grant—meaning the money does not have to be repaid.
On Friday, October 23, 2020, Broward County announced it will soon launch the Broward County CARES Act Small Business and Non-Profit Assistance Grant Program to aid businesses with 20 employees or fewer and non-profits with 25 employees or fewer. These funds can be used to reimburse small businesses and non-profits for costs of business interruption-related expenditures due to required closures and/or operating restrictions caused by COVID-19.
The State of Florida has a broad public records law. Therefore, applications for CARES Act grants that are submitted to the City of Parkland (City), and the supporting documents that accompany them, are public records subject to disclosure in response to a public records request. By submitting an application, you acknowledge that you understand and agree that the City may disclose information in response to a public records request, pursuant to chapter 119, Florida Statutes, subject to redaction of exempt information including but not limited to bank account numbers and social security numbers.