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Clay, St. Johns families eligible for CARES Act grants if impacted by COVID-19

Grants for Clay County and St. Johns County residents who have suffered an economic hardship are available in the form of a one-time cash payment.

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. — Beginning Monday, families in Clay County financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic may apply for a one-time cash payment through the Clay County CARES Act program. 

Residents of St. Johns County will also soon be able to apply for a grant.

Continue reading to learn more about the requirements for each county.

Clay County:

Applicants must be Clay County residents. The deadline to apply is Sept. 8 or until funds are distributed.

Grants for Clay County residents who have suffered an economic hardship are available in the form of a one-time cash payment of up to $1,000 per household to assist with mortgage, rent, or utility payments.

Qualifying residents must prove an economic loss on or after March 1, 2020, that is directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can apply starting at 10 a.m. on Monday.

Make sure to have this information readily available to fill out your application:

  • Valid FL ID or other proof of residency
  • Information on unemployment
  • Utility bills, rent statements, or mortgage statements showing where bill has been paid or is currently past due
  • Household financial status before March 30, 2020
  • Names of individuals in the household

To apply click here.

For any questions about the CARES Act, please email claycares@claycountygov.com or call 904-529-4256, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

St. Johns County:

The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners approved $46 million in CARES Act funding in response to COVID-19. The program will allow small businesses, residents, nonprofit organizations and other COVID-19 response-related projects to apply for assistance.

Grant criteria is still under development for each category, with applications set to open in the coming weeks. The criteria will be posted on the St. Johns County website.

For more information about the program in St. Johns County, call 904-209-6050 or email sjccares@sjcfl.us.

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