Polk County Unites 2020

Polk County residents may now apply for up to $2,000 of financial assistance through Polk County Unites.

This grant is made available through a partnership with the Polk County Board of County Commissioners and United Way of Central Florida and is funded by Polk County’s portion of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grant.

To determine eligibility, individuals that meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply:

  • Can demonstrate lost income or employment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Established residency in Polk County
  • Able to prove U.S. Citizenship

Individuals who do not have computer access to complete the online application are encouraged to visit our CareerSource Polk Career Centers in Winter Haven and Lakeland.

CareerSource Polk – Winter Haven
500 East Lake Howard Drive
Winter Haven, Florida 33881

CareerSource Polk – Lakeland
301 North Ingraham Avenue
Lakeland, Florida 33801

Applicants must confirm that they have not received other financial assistance related to the Polk CARES act. Stimulus recipients, including those on Reemployment and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), can still apply for the Polk County Unites grant.


  • Valid State-Issued Identification or Florida Driver License
  • Social Security Card
  • Proof of Loss of Income related to COVID-19 pandemic (i.e. Lay-off letter or furlough notice from employer, unemployment assistance, etc.)
  • Utility bill that includes your name and address


Supporting documentation is determined by the type of assistance an applicant requests.

Type of Assistance
Supporting Documentation
Child/Dependent Care
Invoice listing participant's name, child/dependent's name, dates of service, and amount.
Housing Assistance
Lease or rental/mortgage agreement listing customer's name, current address, and an original notice on letterhead from landlord with name, address and telephone number including name of customer, amount of rent due and dates for which rent is due.
Utilities Assistance
Original bill or disconnection notice with customer's name, current address, amount due, and due date.
Transportation Assistance
State need. No documentation required.
Food Assistance
State need. No documentation required.
Prescriptions or Medical Supplies
State need. Prescriptions covered by Medicaid are not eligible.
COVID-19 Testing (If Employer Required)
Employer letter required.
Other Emergency Needs
Additional needs can be added by selecting "Other" in the "Types of Assistance Needed" section of the application.

Polk County Unites 2020 Application

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY


  • Households who are applying for Polk County Unites financial assistance must be individuals who have lost their job or income due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and reside in a household with a combined income of less than $75,000. Please answer the questions below.

  • Full Name (First, Middle, Last)Social Security #Relation to Applicant 
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  • The Polk County Unites Program was created to assist households that have experienced a verifiable loss of income due to the impacts of the Novel COVID-19, by providing rent, mortgage, public utilities and/or other emergency needs payments to prevent eviction and homelessness as a result of the pandemic crisis. Supporting documentation may be required.


  • Eligibility is determined based on the following criteria:

    • Polk County resident
    • Valid Florida Identification or Driver License
    • Show a verifiable loss or reduction in income related to COVID-19 (furlough, lay-off letter from employer, unemployment statement, etc.)
    • Have not received COVID-19 financial assistance from other agencies.

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