Radford using federal grant funds to aid nonprofits affected by COVID-19 | Local News



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Radford is using federal grant funds to help some of its nonprofits that have needed additional help due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city received two special allocations from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development totaling $180,341 to support activities related to COVID-19, with the city choosing to assist multiple nonprofits.

Melissa Skelton, the city’s director of planning and zoning, said the agencies that received the reimbursable grant money applied for it after the town put out a public notice.

She said those that receive assistance from the groups that were awarded the funds have to meet certain criteria, including being directly affected by COVID-19 through layoffs, job loss or other examples in addition to meeting financial requirements.

So far, the three groups that have been awarded funds – $7,500, $38,700 and $51,500 respectively – are the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley, New River Community Action and Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread.

New River Community Action has been working with residents who have needed help paying bills throughout the pandemic, including working with Radford’s utilities department to pay off delinquent accounts for those that qualify.

Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread has had many unforeseen costs as a result of the pandemic, according to Program Manager Dora Butler.