Eligible Grant Uses
This is a grant program, so no payback is required. However, funds may be used for business related expenses during the months of March – December 2020. These funds may be considered taxable income, so please contact your tax professional for guidance.
The following documents are required to be considered for the Okeechobee CARES Act Business Grant.
There are limited funds that will be distributed on a first-submitted and eligible application basis. Please submit your application online in its entirety.
There is no deadline to apply. The Okeechobee CARES Act Business Grant has a limited amount of funds available and applications will be accepted until funds are exhausted.
If you do not comply with the requirements listed below and submit proper documentation you will be responsible for repaying the grant in full.
Grant recipients must submit supporting documentation that they have registered with Florida SBDC within one month of submission of application as part of the Grant compliance. You will be redirected to the SBDC registration page when you submit your application.
Grant recipients must submit receipts/documentation of expenditures and a summary of how all monies have been spent by September 15, 2020. These need to be submitted to OCEDC by mail, email or in person. Mailing address: P.O. Box 2505, Okeechobee, FL 34973. E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. If providing in person, please make an appointment with the OCEDC office by calling 863-357-2334. The office is located on the Indian River State College Campus at : 2229 NW 9th Ave, Okeechobee, FL, Building B, Room 141.
The applicant agrees that OCEDC assumes no responsibility for the success or failure of the applicants existing business.
The information in this application is provided for the purpose of applying for the Okeechobee CARES Act Business Grant. The information is accurate to the best of the applicant’s knowledge. The applicant understands that personal and/or business information may be requested pursuant to this application and hereby grants consent for such information to be provided to the County of Okeechobee and the Okeechobee County Economic Development Corporation (OCEDC).
I (we) understand that any willful misrepresentation on this Application could result in a fine and/or imprisonment under the provision of the United States Criminal Code U.S.C. Title 18, Section 1001, and shall entitle the County to receive a return of any funding provided hereunder, in addition to any other remedies it may have against the Applicant at law or in equity.
I (we) further understand that, pursuant to Section 92.525, Florida Statutes, a person who knowingly makes a false declaration thereunder is guilty of the crime of perjury by false written declaration, a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in Sections 775.082, 775.083 or 775.084, Florida Statutes.
The submitted Application, including attachments, is subject to disclosure under Florida’s public records law subject to limited applicable exemptions. Applicant acknowledges, understands, and agrees that, except as noted below, all information in its application and attachments will be disclosed, without any notice to the Applicant, if a public records request is made for such information, and none of the County Parties, as defined above, will be liable to Applicant for such disclosure.
Social Security numbers are collected, maintained and reported by the County to be in compliance with IRS 1099 reporting requirements and are exempt from public records pursuant to Florida Statutes 119.071.
If Applicant believes that information in its application, including attachments, contains information that is confidential and exempt from disclosure, Applicant must include a general description of the information and provide reference to the Florida statute or other law which exempts such designated information from disclosure in the event of a public records request. The County does not warrant or guarantee that information designated by Applicant as exempt from disclosure is in fact exempt, and if the county disagrees, it will make such disclosures in accordance with its sole determination as to the applicable law.
You are authorized to make all the inquiries you deem necessary to verify the accuracy of the information contained herein. Additionally, applicant agrees that in the event that money is provided pursuant to this application, the County or its agents shall be entitled to access and audit such records as may be necessary to prevent fraud in this process or ensure compliance with federal requirements, and applicant shall fully cooperate with the County or its agents and respond in a timely manner to any requests for such records. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Applicant specifically acknowledges and agrees that, if awarded funds pursuant to this Application, the County, and any duly authorized agents or representative of the County, including, without limitation, the Department documentation which concerns or relates to this Application at any and all times during normal business hours upon request. Under penalties of perjury, I declare that I have read the foregoing application and that the facts stated in it are true, I understand that knowingly making a false written declaration may be charged as a felony of the third degree.
CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund – Required Certification Regarding Lobbying
By submitting this application, the undersigned Applicant certifies, to the best of his or her knowledge that:
1. No Federal appropriated funds have been paid or will be paid, by or on behalf of the undersigned, to any person for influencing or attempting to influence an officer or employee of an agency, a Member of Congress, an officer or employee of Congress, or an employee of a Member of Congress in connection with the awarding of any Federal contract, the making of any Federal grant, the making of any Federal loan, the entering into of any cooperative agreement, and the extension, continuation, renewal, amendment, or modification of any Federal contract, grant, loan, or cooperative agreement.
2. If any funds other than Federal appropriated funds have been paid or will be paid to any person for influencing or attempting to influence any officer or employee of any agency, a Member of Congress, an officer or employee of Congress, or an employee of a Member of Congress in connection with this Federal contract, grant, loan or cooperative agreement, the undersigned shall complete and submit Standard Form – LLL, “Disclosure Form to Report Lobbying,” in accordance with its instructions.
3. The foregoing certification is a material representation of fact upon which reliance was placed when this transaction was made or entered into. Submission of this certification is a prerequisite for making or entering into this transaction imposed by 31 U.S.C. Sec. 1352 (as amended by the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 119). Any person who fails to file the required certification shall be subject to a civil penalty of not less than $10,000 and not more than $100,000 for each such failure.
4. Applicant is prohibited from expending the funds received pursuant to the grant contemplated herein for the purpose of lobbying the Legislature, the judicial branch, or a state agency. No funds or other resources received pursuant to the aforementioned grant may be used directly or indirectly to influence legislation or any other official action by the Florida Legislature or any state agency.
Completion and submission of the application by the applicant to OCEDC is merely a request for grant funds and shall not be construed as an approval nor commitment by Okeechobee County or OCEDC. By clicking the submit button, I agree to terms & conditions.
By typing your name in the blank you are acknowledging that you are signing this document electronically. First Name* Last Name* Date*