Branches was established in 1973 as the urban and social justice agency of what is now the South East District of the United Methodist Church. Branches’ mission is to serve, educate and inspire people through student, family and financial wellness services in partnership with our communities.

Free individual program assistance

Reemployment (Unemployment) Assistance

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and U.S. Federal Government
Florida
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
  • Recipients can be paid half of what they were earning while working full-time. The maximum benefit from the State of Florida is $275 per week for a maximum of 39 weeks
  • An additional $600 per week has been made available for up to 13 weeks. This benefit will be available through July 31, 2020 and the amount is added to the benefits of up to $275 provided by the State of Florida

Free business program assistance

The Red Backpack Fund

The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation and GlobalGiving
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
  • One-time grants of $5,000
  • A free annual All-Access Pass to MasterClass
  • A red backpack - the official icon of The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation

Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund

Verizon and The Local Initiatives Support Corporation
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
  • One-time grants of up to $10,000
  • Funds can be used for rent and utilities, meeting payroll, paying outstanding debt to vendors, or other immediate operational costs

Short-Time Compensation Program

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
Florida
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
  • Partial re-employment check to assist full-time employees whose hours and pay have been reduced

Paycheck Protection Program

U.S. Small Business Administration
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
  • Forgivable loans for up to two months of your average monthly payroll costs from the last year plus an additional 25% of that amount, up to $10 million per company
  • For sole proprietors or independent contractors, maximum is capped at $100,000
  • 1% fixed interest rate
  • Loans will be completely forgiven if funds are used for payroll, interest on mortgage, rent, and utilities, however, at least 75% of the loan must be used for payroll only (in other words, no more than 25% can be used for non-payroll expenses such as rent)
  • Loan payments are deferred for six months, however interest accumulates during this time
August 8, 2020

Business for All and COVID-19 Grant Contest

Hello Alice
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
  • One-time grants of $10,000  
  • If a business is not selected for immediate COVID-19 grant support, they will still be in consideration for the larger $50,000 Business for All grant distributed in November 2020
  • All grant applicants  will receive access to  business growth opportunities and support from the Hello Alice community
September 25, 2020