Apply Online or Call (239) 533-CARE

Lee County Government is investing in Human & Business Services to provide immediate assistance for individuals, families and businesses.
Funds are available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act federal stimulus package. Para asistencia en español, por favor llame 239-533-2273

Learn more at our FAQs page

Individual Assistance Program

 Rent, Mortgage, Utilities Assistance

 Maximum assistance of $2,000 per household

  Frequently Asked Questions

  Applications open on Monday, June 15 at 8 a.m.
  • Payments will be made directly to landlord, mortgage company and/or utility company.

  • Household income must be less than $55,000/year at time of application.

  • Applicant must have had a loss of employment or reduced work hours due to COVID-19.

Small Business Relaunch Program

 Eligible Business affected by the "Safer at Home Act"

 $5,000 Relaunch Grant

  Frequently Asked Questions

 Applications open on Monday, June 8 at 8 a.m.
  • Intended to help offset the unintended costs of reopening or relaunching a small business as a result of being directly affected by Governor DeSantis’ Safer at Home Act.

  • Funds can only be used to reimburse the costs of business interruption caused by required closures that are not covered by insurance or another federal program.

  • Business must have 25 or fewer employees, and the business owner must be a Lee County resident.

PPE for Small Businesses Program

 Program closed 5 p.m. on Friday, June 4

 1,365 Total Applications Received

 1,062 PPE Kits Distributed
  • This program provided medical and dental practices, childcare services and youth camps, museums and historical sites, amusement and recreation centers, independant restaurants, barber shops, beauty salons, nail salons and personal care services. Each kit contained a predetermined quantity of surgical masks, hand sanitizer, and other PPE.

Childcare Assistance Program

 Funding for United Way childcare scholarships, and PPE supply for partnering childcare providers

 Childcare scholarships to qualifying families

  Frequently Asked Questions

 Find a participating childcare provider
  • Lee County will work with United Way and a network of Gold Seal providers who offer quality childcare programming. The Gold Seal Quality Care program designation is available to providers who gain accreditation for a higher level of care and supervision provided to children.

  • Families can apply directly through a participating childcare provider. United Way staff will review the additional CARES questionnaire and, if the family qualifies, award scholarship funding directly to the childcare facility.

  • The childcare assistance via CARES funding will be given for an appropriate timeframe while the family regains employment stability.