City of Sarasota offering small businesses up to $5,000 in grants

Sarasota city officials will begin accepting applications for small business grants.

Under the program, eligible small businesses in Sarasota will be awarded up to $5,000. Applications must provide a plan of how the money will be used. 

The grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis with more than $2 million being awarded in total.

Applications will open at 9 a.m. Tuesday on the city's website.