Orange County Allocates CARES Funding

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress with overwhelming, bipartisan support and signed into law by President Donald Trump on March 27th, 2020, but people are finally getting an idea on how the dollars will be spent locally.  As part of the Federal CARES Act, Orange County government has received $243 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds. The relief package was to address the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19, and the Treasury Department pledged the CARES Act would provide “fast and direct” economic assistance for Americans.

The Orange County Board of Commissioners approved the distribution of the $243.2 million dollars in federal CARES funding locally and programs will begin June 1st:

$72.9 million for Small Business Assistance
$72.9 million for Social Services and Community Needs
$48.6 million for OC Public Safety and Health
$24.3 million for Municipalities and Constitutional Offices
$24.5 million to replenish spent funding

Funding Categories for Orange County:
Small Businesses:
– Business Assistance Grants

– Rent/Mortgage Assistance
– Utilitiy Bill Assistance
– Medical Bill Assistance
– Social Service Agency Assistance

Public Health & Safety:
– Purchase PPE
– Community testing
– COVID-19 expenses
– Facilities update

Municipal & County Constitutional Officers:
– COVID-19 expenses

– Unexpected needs
– Additional federal guidance


  1. My husband Angel Ramos Lopez and our 11 year old son Jairo Javier Ramos Senquiz did not get there money which was done in April we are all on social security disability and receive direct deposit in our own checking accounts at chase bank in Orlando Florida nor mine Irma Rivera

  2. Linda, the County is working to finalize program details (should launch by June 1st), and Orange County will make an announcement on their website and their social media prior to officially opening up the program to applicants. Stay tuned for more info soon.


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