Latest CARES Act Update

SRC CARES Act LogoOn June 10, 2020 Governor DeSantis announced that the State of Florida would disburse up to $1.275 billion in CARES Act funds to counties with a population below 500,000. Santa Rosa County’s total allocation is approximately $32 million of available funding for cost reimbursements incurred between March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020, for eligible necessary expenditures due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.


  • The Government Health and Safety Program is the initial program that has been opened. 
  • Awarded primarily for public health and to agencies within the county and other local units of government. 
  • Used to reimburse departments for funds expended to address the public health emergency. 
  • Utilized for testing and contact tracing for county residents, personal protection equipment supply programs, and other infection mitigation strategies. 
  • Provided funding to contract with Ascension Sacred Heart to establish 48- hour turnaround testing sites five days per week in Santa Rosa County. 
  • Approximately $2 million has been encumbered to date.


  • Allocated $1.6 million to the Santa Rosa County School District for technology needs. 
  • Sufficient reserves are available should the Board decide to allocate additional funding.
  • Funding will be utilized to expand technology and digital learning needs as well as provide funding for infrastructure improvements.
  • Contract is in process with funds expected to be disbursed next week.
  • The existing sub-recipient contract is structured to allow additional requests to be added and approved quickly.


  • To assist county residents, the following five programs are being created:
    • $150,000: Emergency Utility Water Program
    • $60,000: Emerging Needs Monitoring & Referral Program – United Way of West Florida (Additional funding of $60,000 anticipated to be awarded to non-profits as a reimbursement of actual COVID-related expenditures)
    •  $450,000: County Food Security Program
    • $225,000: Rapid Rehousing & Prevention Assistance Program
  • These programs will be rolled out individually and will each be customized.
  • Each program should be operational in early September.


The Santa Rosa County COVID-19 Business Recovery Grant program was established in conjunction with the Small Business Development Center to provide grants of up to $20,000 per qualifying businessApplications are currently available for download, but will not be accepted until the application period beginning, Sept. 28 at 8 a.m.