The second allotment of funding assistance from the Vail Community Relief Fund has been awarded by the Town of Vail following Town Council’s authorization of $500,000 in grant funding on March 31. The allocations are providing direct relief to front line households in the areas of food, shelter and health impacts associated with the pandemic. On March 31, $283,000 was awarded to ten qualifying nonprofit organizations by the Community Relief Fund Committee. The latest distribution by the committee, totaling $92,000, and announced on June 16, is as follows:
- Swift Eagle Charitable Foundation, $25,000, for additional rent relief efforts
- The Family Learning Center, $30,000, to help cover tuition for working parents impacted by COVID-19 challenges; the Family Learning Center services 54 families that live or work in Vail
- United Way, $37,000, for their Philanthropy Fund, which distributes funds to non-profit organizations in the Vail Valley. The United Way has a matching grant committed by an anonymous donor, so the total funding available to the community will be $74,000.
To date, Town of Vail community relief funds have been awarded in the following categories:
- Medical and Behavioral Health, $123,000
- Food, $100,000
- Residential Rent Relief, $85,000
- Childcare, $30,000
- General, $37,000 (funding to United Way to disperse to other nonprofits)
The relief committee will continue to monitor the situation and determine next steps for another round of funding from the existing pool of funds in the near future. Potential recipients of the relief funds are asked to contact the non-profit organizations directly to request assistance. Those organizations are: Catholic Charities, Bright Future Foundation, Eagle Valley Community Foundation, Hope Center, Salvation Army, Suicide Prevention Coalition, Swift Eagle Charitable Foundation, United Way and Vail Valley Charitable Fund.
The town is also working on details of a commercial rent relief program to be announced in July.