Community Response Fund Application2020-05-27T09:30:25-05:00

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Covid-19 Community Response Fund

With all the stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders in effect to try to slow the spread of COVID-19, many families are facing new challenges. With businesses, schools, and whole industries affected, even some of the resources usually available have been limited, even as demand for them increases.

The Community Response Fund has been opened by Coalition for Life St. Louis as a way to help those who are facing significant financial stress due to COVID-19. It is a way to bring together the greater St. Louis community to help each other.

Program Guidelines

Do I qualify?2020-03-30T11:10:41-05:00

The Community Response Fund is currently accepting applications from those who are both

  1. Experiencing financial stress as a result of the COVID-19 school and business closures
  2. Have at least one child 5 years old or younger (including pregnant women)
What kind of documentation do I have to provide?2020-03-30T11:19:55-05:00

You will need to provide documentation from an Employer or School/Daycare stating the closure or reduction of hours that affects you.

You will also need to provide a verification of age for any dependents 5 years old and under. This can be a birth certificate, letter from school or doctor, or any official documentation containing the child’s date of birth.

Pregnant women will need to supply verification of pregnancy. This can be a letter from a doctor or clinic, an ultrasound scan with a date stamp, etc.  If you need a free verification of pregnancy please reach out to Women’s Care Connect.

You will also need to supply a copy of the bill associated with your application request. The bill should be in the name of the applicant and contain any needed account information.

How often can I apply?2020-03-28T08:50:28-05:00

You may apply for one area of assistance every 30 days.

What kind of assistance is available?2020-03-28T08:52:26-05:00

The Community Response Fund is designed to help with rent, utilities, car payments, phone bills, gas cost and groceries. Other requests will be evaluated on an individual basis.

How much could I receive?2020-03-28T09:00:09-05:00

Each application may request assistance on one bill up to the amount of $500.

Gas assistance can be awarded up to the amount of $50 per each application.

Grocery assistance is currently being awarded based on the number of dependents in your household up to the amount of $150 per application.

Do I need to live in a certain area?2020-03-28T09:02:40-05:00

The Community Response Fund is currently accepting applications from Missouri and Illinois residents of the greater St. Louis region.

Where do the funds come from?2020-03-28T09:06:17-05:00

The Community Response Fund is “crowd funded” by the generosity of the community. Available funds are subject to the donations received.

How are applications reviewed and selected?2020-03-28T09:12:02-05:00

Applications will first be verified for eligibility. Qualifying applicants will be listed on our donor web page. Listings will include the family bio and picture(if applicable) submitted with each application. The listing will also include the type of assistance and amount requested. Those in the community who want to help can view the applications and contribute to the fund.

Do the funds come to me directly?2020-03-28T09:16:29-05:00

Bills will be paid directly by the Community Response Fund. Gas assistance will be awarded in the form of a gift card. Grocery assistance may be awarded in the form of a gift card or a pre-ordered grocery store pick up.