Largo Business Continuity Program Application Now Available Online

The Largo City Commission established the Business Continuity Grant on April 21 to assist small businesses that have experienced economic injury resulting from the Florida Governor’s Executive Orders, and Pinellas County’s order mandating closure or partial closure due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic. Applications will be accepted online through the City’s application portal starting the morning of Friday, May 1. The program provides a $1,000 grant, on a first-come, first-served basis, for eligible businesses to assist with commercial rent or commercial mortgage assistance. The program will be funded in part by fines collected under the Community Standards program and will be used for applicants City-wide, and the West Bay Drive Fund will provide the grants only for businesses within the West Bay Drive Community Redevelopment District. The goal of the program is to aid in business continuity, community recovery, and to prevent business closures and the loss of jobs.

To qualify, applicants must employ between 2 to 50 full-time equivalents (or contracted equivalents), and have a physical brick-and-mortar establishment physically located within incorporated Largo. Mobile businesses and home-based businesses do not qualify. Businesses must have had a City of Largo Business Tax Receipt that is current, as of March 31, 2020 and cannot have any outstanding code enforcement violations. Only independently-owned and operated businesses can apply. Businesses that are part of franchises with business franchises in states other than Florida will not qualify. Businesses that own their properties must be current on their 2018 property taxes.

Restaurants, bars, and eligible non-essential businesses are invited to apply. For more information on the list of eligible non-essential businesses, and to find out documentation requirements and how to apply, visit Largo.com/COVID19 and visit the Business Resources page.