Orange County to close application portal for small-business grant program

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Orange County government will close the application portal for a small-business grant program on Friday, September 15, at 11:59 p.m., Orange County has announced. 

The Business Opportunities in Orange County for Support and Transformation (BOOST) grants are for small businesses, home-based businesses, and gig workers and are made available through American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding.

Since July, the Orange County Small Business BOOST program has processed some 2,500 applications, with many more in the queue. Pending grants will continue to be reviewed through September 30, but new applications must be fully completed by September 15.

Small businesses may receive up to a $10,000 grant, home-based businesses may receive up to $3,000, and gig workers may receive up to $1,400. For each of the programs, applicants must provide documented business losses between 2020-2023. BOOST grants are reserved exclusively for businesses located in Orange County, and gig workers with residency in Orange County.

Full BOOST grant eligibility requirements and program criteria are available online in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole at ocfl.net/boost. Additionally, if residents are unable to access the internet or have a language barrier, they are asked to email boost@ocfl.net or call 407-836-3111 for assistance.

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