The well-being of St. Petersburg is at the core of our mission, and we are actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation and how it impacts our community.

covid-19 Response: Community needs report

This Community Needs Report is a snapshot of needs, separated by Grow Smarter focus area, that were identified on March 27, 2020 by the Grow Smarter Steering Committee and guests. Participants include community leaders and subject-matter experts in the business, government, and nonprofit sectors. The Needs Report is also informed by early results of the Organizational Impact Survey, created by Grow Smarter in partnership with the Greenhouse and the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce; One Community’s community survey and outreach efforts; and the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership’s COVID-19 Response Survey.


Grow Smarter, the Greenhouse, and the St. Pete chamber have released a survey to better understand the impact of COVID-19 on our local businesses. Please consider taking a moment to answer a few questions to help our Chamber understand the impacts of COVID-19 on your organization. Your responses will help us provide the best support that we can as we navigate this uncertain time together. All responses will be anonymous unless you choose to provide your name and contact information at the end of the poll.

  • Going forward, our currently scheduled workgroup meetings will be hosted virtually. More info can be found on our Calendar of Events
  • The St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce has curated resources and information to keep our community informed.
  • St. Petersburg Greenhouse has released a resource dedicated to ongoing updates and information related to support for small businesses.
  • The One Community team is working hard to help community business weather the crisis with a collection of programs, information, and resources.
  • The St. Pete Catalyst is producing podcasts to keep our community up to date

Small Business and Employment Resources
  • FAQ on the Paycheck Protection Program
  • Explore up to date job opportunities in the St. Pete area at Become St. Pete
  • St. Pete Area EDC COVID-19 Business Resource Guide
  • Tax Relief Information is being updated as it comes on the IRS website
  • The Florida SBDC is working closely with federal and state officials to inform and equip small businesses with information regarding COVID-19.
  • Small Business Loan Assistance from the SBA- The SBA offers disaster assistance in the form of low-interest loans to businesses, renters, and homeowners located in regions affected by declared disasters.
  • Reemployment Assistance- File your Reemployment Assistance Claim through CONNECT, Florida’s online Reemployment Assistance System.
  • St. Pete Arts Alliance has compiled a list of emergency artists grant programs that can be found HERE
  • We want to draw your attention to the Business Damage Assessment Survey, which will help guide local support for businesses going forward.
  • The St. Pete Innovation District has compiled a collection of resources for families, kids, and businesses. They have provided a library of everything from fun, educational podcasts for kids to small business links
  • CareerSource Pinellas has their own list of or resources that can be found HERE

Nonprofit Resources
  • The Nonprofit Needs Request Form is one new way that the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay is working to help nonprofits in our community. This is not a competitive grant process. It is an innovative way to share specific needs with the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, their fundholders (who granted over $20 million to nonprofits last fiscal year) as well as other philanthropists in the Tampa Bay community.

Families and home
  • The St. Pete Innovation District has compiled a collection of resources for families, kids, and businesses. They have provided a library of everything from fun, educational podcasts for kids to small business links
  • Free/Reduced internet information- this is a national list so some may not be available in our area

Share with us

Please use the form below to send questions, concerns, and suggestions you have on how we can serve you during this fluid situation. If you know of a resource we should share, you can let us know here too. It's our goal to keep St. Pete informed and empowered, and this information will help us help our community. Thank you!