County approves $60K for emergency small business grants

Posted on March 26, 2020 by Staff reports

Santa Rosa County Commissioners during today’s board meeting approved two measures to help small businesses with less than 20 employees during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, including $60,000 in emergency grants.

Santa Rosa taxpayers on their utility bills are charged an electronic franchise fee, which is paid to the county. A certain portion of those fees can be used for economic development, and the board this morning approved using $60,000 toward that end.

District 5 Commissioner Lane Lynchard said the move was aimed to help small businesses during this difficult time.

Additionally, the board voted to approve $40,000 in facade improvement grants. 

For more information on the grants visit