CARES Act Small Business Assistance Program

Broward County Small Businesses CARES Grant Application Portal is Open Now through Monday, December 14th from 6:00 a.m. to midnight, daily. 

Home-based businesses are now eligible to apply. Home-based businesses that have previously applied do not need to apply again.   


COVID-19 continues to impact small business with cautious consumers and continued emergency orders to protect public health and safety. While you continue to protect your customers by promoting facial coverings, proper hygiene and safe social distancing, the City of Hollywood is here to support you.  

Additional CARES Relief Funds are available for Hollywood businesses who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through the Broward County Small Business CARES Grant program. Grant funding to pay eligible electric utility expenses, lease and mortgage payments, as well as expenses related to COVID-19, is available for small businesses of 20 employees or less. Reimbursement is not required. 

Just over one million dollars in federal funding is available for specifically for Hollywood small businesses through the Broward County Small Business CARES Grant program, administered by the Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development. For application technical assistance, please call 954.357.8076.

Broward's Family Success Division is administering the Rental Assistance program, while the Office of Economic and Small Business Development is handling the Small business and Non-Profit program.  For questions, call 954.831.2380.  

The application window is NOW OPEN. The window closes at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, December 14th. The County has launched a program website where you are able to learn more about the grant program, including eligibility and the application process Hollywood Businesses are encouraged to visit the Broward County website to:

  • Check to see if you are eligible
  • View the "How Do I Apply" Video Tutorial
  • Gather your business documents
  • Apply now
  • Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development Assistance: 954.357.8076

Micro-Enterprise Small Business Assistance Program

The City of Hollywood is also distributing federal funding to help businesses with 5 of fewer employees.  The 
Micro-Enterprise Small Business Assistance Program was established specifically to assist micro-enterprises negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. During the first funding cycle launched this summer, more than 45 Hollywood businesses qualified to receive assistance. The target date for the 2nd funding cycle is early December. For more information on business relief programs or other economic development needs, please contact the City’s Economic Development team at 954.921.3620.