Calhoun CARES

Calhoun CARES Business Grant Program is funded by an allocation to Calhoun County from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES ACT”), through the State of Florida Division of Emergency Management.

As part of the CARES Act, the Calhoun County Board of County Commissioners is allocating $497,163 in grant funds to businesses located in Calhoun County who have suffered from business interruptions, closures, suspensions, reduced customer demand, increased expenditures or other hardships resulting from the COVID-19 public health emergency.

If your business is located within the boundaries of Calhoun County and you have been impacted by COVID-19, you MAY be eligible to receive UP TO $7,500 through Calhoun County’s CARES Business Grant Program to sustain your business operations.

All applications will be evaluated and approved by an independent third party. In order to meet the deadline set forth by the State of Florida, all applications MUST be submitted no later than December 11, 2020.

Program Eligibility
  • Be a small business that was established on or before March 1, 2020
  • Have a physical location in Calhoun County
  • Have a demonstrated reduction in sales revenue of 5% or greater due to the loss of business income related to COVID-19
  • Have suffered negative financial impacts from the COVID-19 emergency due to business closure, business interruption, reduced demand from business’ customers, or increased expenditures
  • Not be delinquent on any local, state, or federal taxes, code enforcement liens, or active code enforcement cases
  • Submit a completed application along with required backup documents
Eligible Business Expenses

Grant funds can be used for the following Eligible Business Expenses listed below:

  • Rent payments
  • Mortgage payments
  • Utilities (water, sewer, electric, phone, internet)
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); supplies and equipment for facilitating social distancing or otherwise adapting the business to COVID-19 (i.e. installation of plexiglass barriers, etc.), payroll expenses, inventory
Grant Application Link
  • Click on the Grant Application link for details on the application requirements, eligibility, documentation required, the application and certification for the Calhoun CARES program.
  • You can also obtain a hard copy of the application at the Calhoun County Courthouse, 20859 Central Avenue East, Room G-40, Blountstown, FL.

If you have questions or need assistance with your application preparation, please email Traci Buzbee at or call 850-528-0785.

All Grants are subject to the availability of funds and based on the requirements set forth by Department of Treasury for businesses impacted by COVID-19.