CSSF: COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund

CareerSource South Florida

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Fields of work: Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Job Creation Workers’ Rights Technology Access & Digital Literacy

Applicant type: For-Profit Business, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, General Operating Expense

Location of project: Counties in Florida: Miami-Dade County, Monroe County

Location of residency: Counties in Florida: Miami-Dade County, Monroe County

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NOTE: You can submit your application for a COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund grant through your local chamber. Select an entity from the list on the website to be directed to the application.

COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund

CareerSource South Florida (CSSF) announces the COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund, which is designed to provide support to small businesses and/or community based organizations (CBOs) within Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, facing financial impacts and potential layoffs from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The funds will be provided as a reimbursable grant to small businesses and/or CBOs experiencing economic distress. The goals of the fund are to prevent potential layoffs or minimize the duration of unemployment resulting from layoffs due COVID-19.

Eligible businesses and/or CBOs may receive up to $10,000.00 in COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund grant funds. CSSF will utilize the following scale to award grants:

  • 3–10 employees up to $5,000.00.
  • 11–25 employees up to $7,500.00.
  • 26–50 employees up to $10,000.00.

How can it help me?

  • Purchasing remote access equipment or software that allows employees to work from home (e.g. computers, printers, telephones, headsets, video conferencing software, etc.).
  • Paying for services or tools for restaurants or retail establishments to convert to online sales or delivery during Shelter in Place orders.
  • Purchasing cleaning/sanitation supplies and/or services that will allow an essential small business to maintain an on-site workforce by reducing exposure to COVID-19.
  • Supporting businesses that take advantage of the Short-Time Compensation Program also known as Work Sharing by supplementing the employee’s income and benefits.
  • Other creative approaches and strategies to reduce or eliminate the need for layoffs.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund is a reimbursable grant for items previously purchased and may not be used for the following:
    • Hazard pay.
    • Rent.
    • Employee wages/benefits other than those utilizing the Short-Time Compensation Program also known as Work Sharing.
    • Support services such as childcare, transportation costs, lodging expenses, or meals.

This page was last reviewed July 14, 2020 and last updated July 14, 2020