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.

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

As of June 1, the Brazos Valley COVID-19 Community Relief fund has granted a total of $1,181,228 to 12 nonprofits and 114 Small businesses impacted by COVID-19 response containment efforts. Click here to see a full list of Brazos Valley recipients.

While the Brazos Valley COVID-19 Community Relief Fund will continue to accept donations, the remaining funds and any future funds raised will be distributed to Brazos Valley nonprofits serving residents impacted by COVID-19.

COVID-19 Impact Survey

Texas United Ways seek to better understand the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on people living in Texas. United Ways of Texas (UWT) is conducting a survey that will be used to inform how to best support Texas families throughout long-term recovery and beyond.

Completing this survey should take less than 10 minutes. Your responses are confidential. Individual survey responses and personal information will not be shared. Click here to read more about the COVID-19 Impact Survey.

To access this survey in Spanish please visit bit.ly/txcovid19impactspn.

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

Eligibility and Application for Funds

The application deadline for Phase III was Thursday, Apr. 30, at 12 noon. Application periods and reviews will be ongoing as the committee will continue to award grants until all funds are depleted. 

While the Brazos Valley COVID-19 Community Relief Fund will continue to accept donations, the remaining funds and any future funds raised will be distributed to Brazos Valley nonprofits serving residents impacted by COVID-19.

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.

Click here to see a full list of grant recipients as of June 1. This list is being updated as more recipients are being announced.

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.

2-1-1 Texas Data Dashboards

2-1-1 Texas compiles caller data detailing its call demographics and needs in the Brazos Valley with county-by-county breakdowns for the Brazos Valley. Click below to see 2-1-1 Texas Data Dashboards for the Brazos Valley and its counties. For more information on these reports, contact 211@uwbv.org.

United Way of the Brazos Valley fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in the Brazos Valley.