Fayetteville accepting applications for COVID-19 pandemic relief funds


Fayetteville officials are accepting applications from organizations that want to receive a portion of the city’s federal funds to assist residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city is set to receive $436,285 in CARES Act supplemental funding to distribute through its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Nonprofits can apply for funding beginning May 1. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, May 8.

The City Council held a special meeting on Tuesday to appropriate $200,000 of the money for rental, utility or supplies assistance to low- to moderate-income residents in Fayetteville that have been affected by COVID-19. This will be an internal program to assists individuals and families that were maintaining a living situation and are now at risk of losing their housing or being unable to pay for their utility needs due to the economic situation.

The remaining funds will be used for nonprofit groups and churches that are providing direct services to those in need in the following categories: $100,000 for assistance to unsheltered homeless individuals, and $136,285 to assist low- to moderate-income residents with health services or supplies.

Applications can be found online at www.fayetteville-ar.gov/CDBG, or by calling the Community Resources Division at 479-575-8260. Awards will be announced on Wednesday, May 13.

Public comments about the awards will be accepted from 8 a.m. on May 14 through 5 p.m., May 20. A public hearing will be held via Zoom at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20. The Zoom link will be posted by May 15 on the city’s website at www.fayetteville-ar.gov/zoommeetings.

Citizen comments may also be made in writing, via email, or by phone. Comments may be sent to: Yolanda Fields, Community Resources Director, 113 W. Mountain St., Fayetteville, AR 72701; via email at [email protected]; or by phone at 479-575-8260.