Sarasota County staff seeking comments from local nonprofits regarding Coronavirus Relief Fund/CARES Act funds for which they may be eligible

County expected to receive about $75.7 million, with money to be allocated under four categories

These are among the eligible expenses for the CARES Act funding. Image courtesy Sarasota County

Sarasota County Health and Human Services staff is asking local nonprofit agencies for comments regarding the potential distribution of U.S. Treasury Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) monies to such organizations, the county has announced.

As part of that process, Sarasota County staff offered one virtual training assistance session on July 31, with a second scheduled on Friday, July 31. Those have been planned to help guide representatives of local nonprofits with identifying and documenting their need for relief funding as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a news release explains.

The session on Friday, July 31, will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., a news release says

The county surveys can be completed electronically or by printing one and completing a hard copy, the release adds. The funding survey deadline is 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6.

Through CRF funding, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act will allow Sarasota County to be eligible to receive approximately $75.7 million,” the release points out. Those funds are available under four categories: Safety and Security, Health and Medical, Food, Water and Shelter, and Economic Recovery, as agreed upon by the County Commission early in July.

Local nonprofit agencies could be eligible to be reimbursed for expenses under the Food, Water and Shelter category, Health and Human Services Manager Wayne Applebee noted in the release.

“Like everyone else, nonprofit agencies have incurred expenditures during their responses to COVID-19. This is an opportunity for them to possibly defray some of those costs,” Applebee added in the release.

Registration is required for the virtual session: Call 861-2877 or send an email to

Hard copies may be mailed to 2200 Ringling Blvd., Suite 207, Sarasota, Fl., 34237. Please note that delivery of mailed copies is not guaranteed by the deadline, the release stresses.

More information is also available by calling the county Contact Center at 861-5000 or by visiting

County staff has made this flyer available to nonprofit organizations. Image courtesy Sarasota County