One Tampa: Relief Now, Rise Together Phase III for Businesses

In order to expand One Tampa’s relief efforts to reach more businesses, the City of Tampa is launching Phase III of the relief program. Businesses that are considered critically impacted can qualify. Businesses do not have to be located in a low-income-census-tract or CRA zone like in previous phases. One Tampa has been funded via a combination of philanthropic donations, community redevelopment funds, and federal dollars. At the completion of Phase III, the City of Tampa will have distributed over $4 million to help small businesses and individuals under the One Tampa program.

Phase III

The City of Tampa plans to spend another $1.2 million to help approximately 580 small businesses that previously didn’t qualify for aid. While businesses must be located in the City of Tampa city limits, the previously required geographic zone parameters for Phase I & II are not applicable in Phase III. Phase III will start with businesses that were disqualified during Phase I or II but still in need of financial assistance.

$2,000 checks will be delivered directly to “critically-impacted” businesses to help them aid in business expenses. Critically Impacted businesses are businesses that had to close or experience a significant reduction in revenue over the past few months due to COVID-19.

Phase II

The review process of Phase II of One Tampa is now completed. Applicants will receive notice of the outcome of their application before or on July 10, 2020. Phase II included up to $4000 for rent or mortgage payments and up to $1,000 for business-related utilities. Payments will be made direct to landlords, lenders, and utility providers.

  • Be located within a City of Tampa low income census tract or community redevelopment area (CRA). See Map.
  • Be one of the critically impacted business sectors (bars, restaurants, personal service providers, etc.) or were required to close per the Governor’s Order
  • 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.

The following documentation was required to apply:

  • Driver’s License or government-issued ID
  • Copy of last Business Tax Return (first two pages only) or a copy of I-990 for non-profit agencies
  • If a Sole Proprietorship and/or 1099 contractor, you will need to include the following:
  • Copy of most recent Tax Return first two pages
    • Schedule 1
    • Schedule 2
    • Schedule 3, 4, or 5 (if applicable)
    • Schedule C

For eligible applicants, the following documents were required to complete the grant payment processed:

  • Copy of lease OR Mortgage payment invoice, including landlord/lender address and phone number
  • Most recent Utility Bill (may include TECO, cable, internet service provider, or other similar business-required utility service providers)