Brazos Valley COVID-19 Community Relief Fund

 

During times of uncertainty, the Brazos Valley comes together to support each other. COVID-19 is a new test of our collective strength. As social distancing and self-quarantining become part of everyday life, we're facing new economic challenges. To support the escalating need, community nonprofits are partnering with local governments and businesses to launch a relief fund for Brazos Valley residents and businesses that face economic uncertainty as the region continues to follow CDC, state and city guidelines designed to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The Brazos Valley COVID-19 Community Relief Fund is being managed by United Way of the Brazos Valley, the Community Foundation of the Brazos Valley, the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce, the City of Bryan and the City of College Station in partnership with local businesses and philanthropic donors who have already contributed over $300,000 to the relief effort.

Funds will be distributed throughout the Brazos Valley for:

  • Nonprofit Organization support - offering grants for programs supporting food, rent and utility assistance for those impacted by COVID-19 response

  • Small Business Relief - offering small business payroll and rent grants  for those whose business has experienced severe interruption due to COVD-19 response

 

We invite you to consider a monetary gift to support this community relief effort.

Donations of all sizes are welcome and each donation adds up to make a big impact. 

Ways to Donate

To donate to the Brazos Valley COVID-19 Community Relief Fund

  • Click here to donate online

  • Text BVCOVID19 to 4-1-4-4-4

  • Cash and check donations can be mailed to the address below. Check donations may be made out to United Way of the Brazos Valley, with "Community Relief Fund" in the memo note.

United Way of the Brazos Valley, 1716 Briarcrest Dr., Ste. 155, Bryan, TX 77802

OVER $360,000 RAISED!

 

Eligibility and Application for Funds

Thank you to the many nonprofits and small businesses that submitted applications for Phase I of funding. The Brazos Valley COVID-19 Community Relief Fund will begin announcing grant recipients on Friday, Apr. 3. Those who applied for Phase I but were not initially selected for funding may receive requests for additional information and consideration. 

Phase II Applications will open on Monday, Apr. 6, at 9:00 am and will close on Thursday, Apr. 9, at 12 noon.

This grant funding is designed to help existing nonprofit organizations and small businesses, therefore individuals are not eligible for this fund. If you have been laid-off or furloughed due to COVID-19, we encourage you to ask your employer to apply for a grant. Individuals can also contact 2-1-1 Texas by dialing 2-1-1 to receive referrals to nonprofit organizations receiving a grant from the Brazos Valley COVID-19 Community Relief Fund.

Please continue to check this website here for more information. Application periods will be ongoing as the committee will continue to award grants until all funds are depleted. 

 

Help Spread the Word Online

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Press Releases

Here you will find all press releases regarding the Brazos Valley COVID-19 Community Relief Fund.

 

Community Resources - 2-1-1 Texas

As always, the 2-1-1 Texas Information and Referral Hotline is here answering the call from neighbors in need. 2-1-1 Texas provides information about community resources and connects people to basic needs assistance and other social services, a demand which is likely to increase. You can also search the 2-1-1 Texas database online at 211texas.org. 2-1-1 Texas is not the number to call for emergencies. Dial 2-1-1 to speak with a 2-1-1 Texas Call Specialist.

General Resources - Dial 2-1-1 Option 1

2-1-1 Texas Option 1 offers information on local resources for needs such as food, rent or utility assistance. Simply dial 2-1-1, select your language, then select Option 1.

Health & Human Services - Dial 2-1-1 Option 2

2-1-1 Texas Option 2 offers information state benefits  SNAP, Medicaid, Medicare, TANF, etc. programs. Simply dial 2-1-1, select your language, then select Option 2.

COVID-19 Questions - Dial 2-1-1 Option 6

2-1-1 Texas Option 6 is a special hotline for individuals with questions and concerns about COVID-19. Simply dial 2-1-1, select your language, then select Option 6.

 

Partners

THANK YOU to all of the community and government partners that are making the Brazos Valley COVID-19 Community Relief Fund possible, including

Adam Family Foundation | American Momentum Bank | Donna & Donald Adam | Janet Briaud & Natalie Pine | Stylecraft Builders | Community Foundation of the Brazos Valley - Fries Financial Services Fund | 25 News Brazos Valley | Tim & Travis Bryan | Frost Bank | Dexter & Company of Central Texas | First Financial Bank | City of Bryan | City of College Station | Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce | Community Foundation of the Brazos Valley | United Way Youth Leadership Cabinet | United Way of the Brazos Valley