New Financial Assistance Programs Available for Virginia Beach Residents

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

The City of Virginia Beach has money available for qualifying applicants to help pay real estate taxes, personal property taxes, City Services bills, mortgages and certain expenses incurred as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Financial help is available for small business owners, residents and community, arts and cultural non-profit organizations. For details about each program, including criteria, eligibility and application requirements, visit emergency.vbgov.com/coronavirus#money. It is important to note that the application timeframe for each program varies.

The Virginia Beach City Council last month authorized a new series of grant programs to provide financial assistance to Virginia Beach residents. Funding sources include the federal economic stimulus bill – Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the City of Virginia Beach. These grant programs are being offered in addition to other aid packages that have been available in the past few months. Information and access to applications for the existing programs are also available through the online portal. The new programs are:

Business Assistance Grants – Applications being accepted through Sept. 11, 2020. To encourage businesses to continue their operations and help mitigate the negative impacts of the pandemic, these grants are intended to provide immediate financial relief for expenses already incurred by the businesses.

Short-Term Mortgage Assistance – Applications being accepted starting Aug. 26, 2020. The program provides eligible households with assistance to help prevent foreclosure of low- and moderate-income homeowners in Virginia Beach who have experienced loss of employment income due to COVID-19. Assistance is provided one time and payments are made directly to the mortgage company. The program does not provide rental assistance. To start the application process, residents must complete a quick, online questionnaire at www.vbgov.com/mortgageassistance to see if they meet the initial screening criteria. Full program details, terms and conditions are also available there. Residents who are unable to complete the online screening questionnaire should call (757) 385-5750 (or TTY: 757-711 Virginia Relay for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing).

Community Organization Grants – Applications will be accepted Sept. 1 to Oct. 1, 2020. This program provides grant assistance to qualified 501(c)3 non-profit organizations for immediate financial relief for unforeseen expenses due to the global health emergency.

Arts and Cultural Organization Relief Grants – Applications will be accepted between Sept. 1 and Nov. 15, 2020 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until funding has been expended. This program provides grant assistance to qualified arts and cultural 501(c)3 non-profit organizations for immediate financial relief for unforeseen expenses due to the global health emergency.

In addition to information about these and other financial assistance programs, emergency.vbgov.com/coronavirus has a host of other resources available as well as the latest updates.  

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