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COVID 19 Relief Resources

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Dallas/Fort Worth COVID-19 Childcare Relief Fund

Awards are intended to provide gap funding and immediate economic hardship relief to cover items not supported by the Texas Workforce Commission and other publicly available options.  Award amounts will range from $500 to $4,000, and the maximum total award amount per recipient is not to exceed $4,000.  Awards are open to partner centers (105) and home based providers (60) within the EFS network as well as early childcare providers across the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area.

North Texas Cares (nonprofit childcare) 

Nonprofit organizations that provide critical services to mitigate the short-term and long-term impact of the pandemic on the community may apply at This includes agencies who support individuals and families via food and/or healthcare; support for lost wages and/or housing costs; services for vulnerable populations such as seniors and/or those experiencing homelessness; as well as support for academic learning and distance learning for low-income, low-access students while schools are closed.  

Texas Women’s University 
AssistHer Emergency Relief Grant (woman-owned business) 

The purpose of this program is to assist Texas, woman-owned businesses that have been severely impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19). A total of $1,000,000 (100 grant awards) is available in $10,000 awards.

The Dallas Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund (nonprofit childcare)

The Dallas Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund will focus on support that meets at least one of the following criteria: 

  • Relieves the extraordinary burden being placed on our public healthcare system 
  • Supports the basic needs of low-income individuals and families  
  • Supports childcare assistance for low-income families 
  • Addresses mental health needs and concerns  
  • Supports and sustains nonprofit operations and capacity-building needs during this time of disruption 


Small Business Administration Loan Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance 

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. 

The loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid. 

Economic Injury Disaster Loans are also available to residents in declared disaster areas. To view the full list of disaster declarations, click here


Form to authorize childcare providers to purchase up to 4x the recommended limit for general consumers. This is not official in all stores, but show identity and need. Not for personal use. (click on title for access link)


Access to available food:

Mental Health Support by North Texas Behavioral Authority