CARES ACT Rapid Response Recovery Program
  • CareerSource Tampa Bay to help distribute $21.5 million in aid to help workers and businesses impacted by COVID-19
  • Funding will be used for Short Term Training & On the Job Training
  • Businesses can also apply to benefit from trained employees in a targeted occupation
  • Looking for more than 2,000 job seekers negatively impacted by COVID 19
What is the Rapid Response Recovery Program?

CareerSource Tampa Bay (CSTB) kicked off the Rapid Response Recovery (R3) program on July 1, 2020.  The program will help Hillsborough County job seekers with occupational skills training and find businesses skilled labor. The R3 program is funded through the Federal Cares Act with funding released by the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners.

CSTB will be signing up 2,100 Job Seekers to participate in Short-Term and On-the-Job Training. The goal of the Job Seeker program is to help give workers adversely affected by COVID-19 retraining to improve their skills and make them more marketable among key industry sectors in Hillsborough County.

Up to 1,000 individuals can take advantage of the Short-Term Training program, training scholarships will provide up to $5,000 educational assistance. Another 1,100 job seekers will be provided On-the-Job Training.

In order to qualify, job seekers must be a Hillsborough County resident, economically injured due to COVID 19, 18-years of age or older, and must be a U.S. Citizen or authorized to work.  Job Seekers can register below.

There is no cost to HILLSBOROUGH EMPLOYERS participating in the program. Employers can receive a retention incentive and can benefit from trained employees in a targeted occupation. The program will directly pay or reimburse 100-percent of the first $12,000 of employee salary up to the first 90 days.  Employers can register below.

How do I register?
Job Seeker Application Employer Application Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Virtual Training Provider Fair


Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved a $25 million-dollar agreement on Thursday, June 4, 2020 to assist residents experiencing employment or business interruptions due to COVID-19 related business closures. The funding comes from the federal Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The agreement for this allotment will be managed by CareerSource Tampa Bay (CSTB) working closely with the BOCC.

The CARES Act monies will be used in Hillsborough County to support the Rapid Response Recovery (R3) Program – a wide-ranging program supporting both life safety and economic development. This portion of the funding will be used to quickly start workforce training programs. The agreement will go into effect retroactively from June 1, 2020 until December 30, 2020.

Have more questions about the program or how to sign up?  We have set up a dedicated phone line to assist applicants: (813) 360-1444.  The R3 CONTACT CENTER is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  You can also contact R3 via this email address:


Job Seeker Flyer 

Business Flyer

Short-Term Occupational Skills Training Providers

Approved Short-term Training List: Short Term Training Programs List

CareerSource Tampa Bay (CSTB) has established the R3, Rapid Response Recovery program, to provide short-term occupational skills certification and training to Hillsborough County residents that were dislocated due to the COVID-19 outbreak. R3, Rapid Response Recovery program,

        1. All certification and training programs shall have a maximum training period of not more than one hundred twenty (120) days, or be completed by December 1, 2020, whichever is earlier.
        2. All training programs cannot exceed ITA/training cap of $5,000.
        3. Eligible expenses include tuition assistance, instructional costs, books, materials, and class uniforms/supplies.
Interested training providers will need to complete the following:

Training Provider Application Forms:

        1. R3 Training Provider Application: Short-term Training
        2. R3 Short-Term Training: Program Cost & Performance Data Worksheet – Attachment A (Complete one form for each training program you are applying for consideration.)
        3. R3 Training Provider Agreement – Attachment B (NOTE: This is a draft, which will be reviewed by CSTB R3 team.  This will not be finalized until signed by all parties and a copy returned.)

Additional Documentation:

        • Current catalog and schedule – Attachment C
        • A copy of current liability Insurance – Attachment D
        • A completed W-9 Form – Attachment E
        • A copy of latest audited Financial Statements/Report – Attachment F
        • A copy of current State license/ CIE license – Attachment G*
        • A copy of the Florida DOE approved curriculum – Attachment H*
        • A copy of the most recent FETPIP Report – Attachment I*
                                  • *If Applicable

Please submit the application and all supporting documents via email along with any questions to:


08.12.2020 CARES Virtual Training Fair

07.27.2020-CSTB Hosts Two Webinars for Hillsborough County Employers

07.14.2020–CareerSource Tampa Bay opens dedicated Call Center to assist in distributing $21.5 million to Hillsborough County Job Seekers and Businesses 

07.01.2020 CSTB (Rapid Response Recovery R3 Kick-Off)

07.01.2020 Press Conference

06.04. 2020