***So that we can process Polk County Unites entries as efficiently as possible, the application will be available during the following times:
Sunday – Wednesday 8am-3pm.
Please note that the application will be closed for processing Friday through Sunday.
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
As of September 28th, 2020 we are able to serve more than one person per household. If there is someone else in the household who has a proof of loss due to COVID-19 and they have not received assistance from any other agency, they are encouraged to apply.
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
309 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.
If you are filing due to reduced hours, please submit 3 paystubs that demonstrate a loss of hours.