The CARES Act funds application is now open on the City of Baton Rouge’s website. The funding is available to organizations that support programs and projects that prevent, prepare for and respond to the effects of the coronavirus. The grants will be funded in part to support; federal community development block grants, emergency solutions, and funding for housing opportunities for persons with AIDS (a larger range of examples can be found on the application guideline page). Proposals from community organizations can include programs for activities such as: job loss prevention, increased health care services, rental and mortgage assistance, homelessness prevention assistance, etc.
An eligible project must be located within and serve residents of the City-Parish, and must serve primarily low- to moderate-income residents. Eligible applicants: non-profit applicant organizations may be public or private non-profit organizations, for-profit business/developers may apply if the project meets HUD-CARES eligibility requirements, higher education institutions may apply if the project meets HUD-CARES eligibility requirements and faith-based organizations may apply but funds cannot be used to support worship or religious instruction.
Online digital submission must be accompanied by two copies being mailed in to the Office of Community Development. Questions should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maggi Spurlock is the Director of Talent Development for the Baton Rouge Area Chamber. In her role, she leads all aspects of BRAC’s talent development program, including talent attraction and orientation.