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Orange County’s CARES Act Funding will provide approximately $36.5 million of funding to social-service nonprofits and agencies to expand services and provide a continuity of service for Orange County residents.

Distribution of a limited amount of funds will be processed through a contractual agreement between select community organizations. Currently, there are two grant programs available: (1) the Childcare Supplement Fund Program managed by the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County; and (2) Social-Service Nonprofit Fund program managed by the Heart of Florida United Way.

Available Programs

1

Childcare Supplement Fund Program

This program is for childcare providers, including child care programs that are legally operating as a licensed, licensed exempt, and registered early care and education programs in Orange County, Florida. Such childcare providers can, depending on their size, apply for up to $12,000 to supplement the cost of purchased necessary supplies, adjusted staffing, and modified classroom space and materials to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at their facilities. Childcare providers intending to apply for this program are advised to contact the program administrator, the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County (“ELOCC”), for more details regarding what qualifies as eligible COVID-19 related costs.

A total of $4.9 million will be available for this program. The County reserves the right to adjust program requirements and criteria in order to: (a) best meet the program’s intent; and (b) best serve the interests of the public.

Childcare Supplement Fund Program Information

Childcare Supplement Fund Award Scale
Size Maximum Base Award
Family Childcare Home $2,510
Centers with less than 150 child capacity $6,800
Centers with 150 or more child capacity $12,000
Eligible Childcare Providers
  • Located in Orange County, Florida.
  • Demonstrate that they have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.
  • Expected to continue operations after applicable local and state Emergency Executive Orders have been removed.
  • Have not received funding, or anticipate receiving funding, from the Orange County under its Small Business Financial Assistance Program.
  • Have any amount that they received, or anticipate receiving, from the Orange CARES Home-Based Business Small Business Micro-Grant program deducted from the funds provided pursuant to this Agreement.
  • Have not received any other type of financial assistance for their COVID-19 needs, or if they have received any other type of financial assistance for their COVID-19 needs, be able to demonstrate that the funding provided under this Agreement will not lead to the Childcare Provider cumulatively receiving more in financial assistance than their actual COVID-19 needs.
  • Operating legally in Orange County since January 1, 2020, with priority given to licensed or accredited sites with a CLASS score of 4.0 or higher.
  • Have no active or pending DCF Class-One violations, or no more than two (2) DCF Class-Two violations regarding child supervision.
  • Prove ongoing business operations and service to children enrolled up to the time of the “Safe at Home Order.”
  • Attend at least three (3) hours of training provided by the sub-recipient on topics such as Operating Child Care Facilities During COVID-19, CDC COVID-19 Guidance, and Recognizing Trauma.
  • Have written procedures for:
    • Separation of sick children;
    • Health screenings of employees and children;
    • Cleaning and sanitation practices;
    • Implementing social distancing requirements, use of personal protective equipment, and new applicable procedures implemented since COVID-19; and
    • Emergency response per CDC recommendations for any suspected case of COVID-19.
  • Provide evidence to verify signage on hand washing and social distancing practices including, where feasible, visual cues such as footprints or tape to evidence proper spacing.
Required Documentation
  • Relevant financial documents.
  • Receipts for incurred COVID-19 related expenses to adjust staffing, cleaning, or other physical modifications during the period of 03/01/2020 through 12/30/2020.
  • ACH banking information for electronic payments.
Program Contact

Childcare providers with questions about the program, eligibility criteria, or required documents may contact the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County.

Contact: Zania Bolden, Program Administrative Assistant
Email: zbolden@elcoc.org
Phone: 407-841-6607 ext. 132

Apply Here
2

Social-Service Nonprofit Fund Program

***The Social-Service Nonprofit Fund Program is closed.***

Social-Service/Health & Human Services Nonprofit Fund Program Information

Orange County social-service/health and human services nonprofit organizations that have seen an increase in service needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible to apply for reimbursement funds through Orange County’s portion of the federal CARES Act. Such providers can apply for up to $5,000 to supplement the cost of eligible expenses related to the response to COVID-19 in Orange County. Social-service/health and human services nonprofits intending to apply for this program are advised to contact the program administrator, the Heart of Florida United Way (“HFUW”), for more details regarding what qualifies as eligible COVID-19 related costs.

A total of $2.8 million will be available for this program. The County reserves the right to adjust program requirements and criteria in order to: (a) best meet the program’s intent; and (b) best serve the interests of the public.

Eligible Expenses

The reimbursement amount will be based on direct COVID-19 related expenses which were: (a) made on or after March 1, 2020; and (b) which were not already budgeted by the organization and are unexpected costs incurred due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic. Such Eligible Expenses are limited to:

  • Protective Equipment (PPE, cleaning supplies, etc.) specifically intended to prevent or mitigate the transmission of communicable diseases is permitted. PPE must fall within the guidelines of the CDC, FDA, or state and local health requirements.
  • Computer Equipment & Software (laptops, servers, hot spots, software, webcams, etc.) purchased in order to assist staff, or organization clients when receiving services from the organization, in complying with the CDC’s social distancing guidelines. Such equipment and software must still be, and remain, in the organization’s custody and control until 12/30/2020.
  • Cell Phones & Cell Phone Service purchased in order to assist organizational staff in complying with the CDC’s social distancing guidelines. Such cell phones must still be, and remain, in the organization’s custody and control until 12/30/2020. Additionally, Cell Phone Service plans cannot be paid for service provided past 12/30/2020.
Eligibility Criteria
  • Only private, nonprofit social services/health and human services entities can apply for reimbursement.
  • Organizations must have been operational, physically located in Orange County, Florida, and providing services to Orange County residents as of January 1, 2020.
  • Organizations must provide their tax exemption letter from the IRS, as well as proof of incorporated/recognized status in the State of Florida as a nonprofit organization.
  • Organizations must submit receipts and documentation demonstrating the Eligible Expenses that are directly-related to COVID-19 for which they are seeking reimbursement.
  • Political organizations and organizations that do not provide health and human services to citizens of Orange County will not be eligible.
Required Documentation
  1. Proof of incorporated/recognized status in the State of Florida as a nonprofit organization;
  2. Proof of tax exempt status under Internal Revenue Code 26 U.S.C. 501;
  3. Receipts for incurred expenses for protective equipment (PPE, cleaning supplies, etc.) purchased during the period of March 1, 2020 through date of application submission;
  4. 2020 Patriot Act Form;
  5. ACH banking information for electronic payments; and
  6. A voided check.
Program Contact

Heart of Florida United Way
Email: OCCares@hfuw.org

Informational flier PDF (English)
Informational flier PDF (Spanish)

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General Questions
Dial 407-836-3111.