Orange County has more $1,000 CARES Act grants to give families, individuals in need

Applications can be submitted on Nov. 4 at 8 a.m.

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Orange County still has more money to allocate from the pandemic funds distributed to local governments from the federal CARES Act.

The county received $243.2 million in CARES Act, or coronavirus relief, funding this spring and set aside $60 million to help families and $72.9 million to help businesses through grants.

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Families and individuals who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic can apply for $1,000 grants through the county website.

Since county workers began distributing $1,000 grants this summer, they have sent or are in the process of sending payments to 34,000 people or families, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said.

The county government will again open the application portal on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 8 a.m. and it will remain open for 15,000 users.

Demings stressed that people who apply do not have to be unemployed but do have to show they have been impacted by the pandemic in some way. The grants are also not just for low-income households.

Diane Arnold, a manager with Orange County government, said the county has sent the Comptroller’s Office $35 million for 35,000 payments. Checks have already been sent out totaling $34 million.