Mayor’s Office seeking community organization applications for CARES Act funding

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRProud) – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and Build Baton Rouge are seeking applications from area community and non-profit organizations for $3.2 million in federal funds given to the City-Parish through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

According to the Mayor’s Office, the funding is for organizations with programs and projects that prepare, prevent and respond to the effects of COVID-19.

“Congress moved quickly to obligate these funds to local governments, so we are moving expeditiously to get them into action so they can benefit our community,” said Mayor Broome. “It is my intention these dollars be utilized to address the most pressing needs in our community, in a COVID-19 environment.”

In a press release, The Mayor’s Office explained that the notice consists of $1,932,038 of federal community development block grant funds; $955,859 in emergency solutions grant funds; and $370,057 in funding for housing opportunities for persons with AIDS. Applications from community organizations can include programs for activities such as: job loss prevention, increased health care services, rental and mortgage assistance, homelessness prevention assistance, and others.

Monday, May 11, 2020 is the deadline the City-Parish has set for applications the funding. The application package is posted on the City-Parish website at www.brla.gov/1509/Announcements, and is also available on the Build Baton Rouge website, at www.buildbatonrouge.org.

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