BRYAN, Texas — Local nonprofits, governments and businesses from across the Brazos Valley are launching a relief fund to support the community during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Brazos Valley COVID-19 Community Relief Fund is being spearheaded by United Way of the Brazos Valley along with the Community Foundation of the Brazos Valley, the City of Bryan and the City of College Station in partnership with Stylecraft Builders, the Community Foundation of the Brazos Valley - Fries Financial Services Fund, Tim and Travis Bryan, First Financial Bank and others.
Together these organizations and agencies have already contributed over $80,000 to the relief effort.
The goal is to raise funds that will help provide food, rent and utility relief for residents and small businesses.
Small businesses will be able to apply for payroll assistance programs with these funds to help keep workers employed. Grant funding will also be available for community nonprofits that provide services for residents needing food, rent and utility assistance, among others.
Grant funding designed to help existing nonprofit organizations and small businesses, individuals are not eligible for this fund. Individuals may benefit from the programs offered by grant fund recipients and other programs already in place.
Applications for the first funding cycle will open on Mar. 25 at 5 p.m. and close Friday, Mar. 27, at 12 p.m. Applications will continue to be accepted until all funds have been dispersed.
Anyone can donate to the Brazos Valley COVID-19 Community Relief fund by texting BVCOVID19 to 41444 or by donating online.