Tampa Bay's National Historic Landmark District

Our neighborhood is our family, and like all families, we want the best for you. We’ve put together resources for small businesses and residents that can be helpful during this difficult time.  

With over a century of historic achievements and a rich history of togetherness, we are confident we are going to persevere through this too – and come out stronger than before. 

Here are resources for businesses that can make this time easier on your operations and budget:

  • ONE Tampa: Relief now, Rise Together Fund The City of Tampa has expanded access to the One Tampa: Relief Now, Rise Together program, modifying previous criteria to reach more businesses. The relief program will provide direct payments for eligible businesses up to $4,000 for rent/mortgage; up to $1,000 for utilities. This aid is designed for businesses that were thriving and had established success in their market before the COVID-19 crisis but had to close because of the safer at home orders. (This relief plan does not have sufficient funding to cover businesses that were already struggling financially due to unrelated circumstances.) 
        • Updated Eligibility Criteria for One Tampa To qualify, businesses must meet the following requirements: 
          • Be located within a City of Tampa ‘low income census tract’ or ‘community redevelopment area’ 
          • Be one of the ‘critically impacted’ business sectors (bars, restaurants, personal service providers, etc.) or were required to close per the Governor’s Order as a result of the COVID-19 crisis 
          • Been continuously operating for at least 12 months prior to February 1, 2020. 
          • Have annual revenue of not more than $350,000 

           Note: Number of employees is not an eligibility criterion. 


        • Documentation Required to Apply 
          • Driver’s License or government-issued ID 
          • Copy of last 2 years’ Business Tax Returns (first two pages only) or a copy of I-990 Form for non-profit agencies 
          • Copy of lease, rental agreement, or mortgage statement 
          • Copy of past due or coming due utility invoices (may include TECO, cable, internet service provider, or other similar business-required utility service providers) 
        • Pre-Application 

 The pre-application will be available for submission starting Monday, June 1, 2020 at 12pm to Friday, June 5, 2020 at 12pm. 


    • A small business with fewer than 500 employees  
    • A small business that otherwise meets the SBA’s size standard  
    • A 501(c)(3) with fewer than 500 employees  
    • An individual who operates as a sole proprietor  
    • An individual who operates as an independent contractor 
    • An individual who is self-employed who regularly carries on any trade or business  
    • A Tribal business concern that meets the SBA size standard  
    • A 501(c)(19) Veterans Organization that meets the SBA size standard 

Here is a helpful checklist by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to help small businesses take advantage of the financial assistance.  

Here is a small business owner’s guide to the CARES Act provided by the U.S. House and Senate  Small Businesses Committees.