​​​​CARES Act Funding Available

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Signed into law in March, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act established the Coronavirus Relief Fund to assist states and communities in overcoming challenges directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This summer, Gov. Ralph Northam distributed approximately $1.3 billion in federal funds to localities. States received CARES Act funding based on population and Virginia also used population to determine its distribution of the funds among local governments.

With this, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors has allocated a portion of its CARES Act funding toward assisting County residents who have suffered income loss or reduction due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bedford County has partnered with three local non-profits who will be taking CARES funding applications and aid in the delivery of this assistance beginning September 1, 2020. Funding will be available until exhausted or until December 31, 2020.


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County residents can apply for assistance at the following locations by appointment only:


​Lake Christian Ministries 

  • 13157 South Old Moneta Road Moneta, VA 24121
  • Wednesdays and Fridays 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM.
  • Call (540) 297-3214 to schedule.

  • Applications must be made in person unless there is a compelling reason to consider other options.​


The Agape Center

  • 1159 Promised Land Road Moneta, VA 24121
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM and the first/third Saturdays 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM. 

  • Call (540) 296-0609 to schedule.

 

Bedford Christian Ministries

  • 217 W Washington Street Bedford, VA 24523
  • Mondays, Tuesdays, or Fridays 9:00 AM – 12 Noon.
  • Call (540) 586-2633 to schedule.

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CARES ACT FUNDING IS DESIGNED TO:

  1. Assist in payment of bills dated March 1 to December 31, 2020. Any unpaid utilities uncured prior to March 1, 2020, may not pay out of these funds.
  2. Be a one-time opportunity, with only one payment per household.
  3. Be used for the following bills:
  • Water/Sewer
  • Electric/Trash
  • Internet connection fee (if the household has school-aged children who are enrolled in Bedford Connect, the virtual school operated by Bedford County Public Schools)

Bedford County residents are eligible for this assistance if they or a person in their household have experienced a loss of income due to the Coronavirus pandemic to include but not limited to:

  • lay off;
  • place of employment has closed;
  • have experienced a reduction in hours of work;
  • must stay home to care for children due to closure of daycare and/or school;
  • lost child or spousal support;
  • ·not been able to work or missed hours due to contracting COVID-19;
  • unable to find work due to COVID-19;
  • unwilling/unable to participate in previous employment due to high risk of severe illness from COVID-19

County residents seeking assistance for internet connection fees should use funding provided by the Bedford Area Education Foundation and SML Good Neighbors to the Bedford County Public Schools. This funding covers the installation/start-up fees associated with broadband internet service. To cover these costs:

  • Families must provide an invoice from an internet service provider that includes the installation/start-up fee.
  • Bedford County Public Schools will pay the internet service provider based on this invoice.
  • The maximum amount provided will be $299. Funds are not available for monthly service plan fees.

For questions about internet service provider coverage areas, please contact Mac Duis at mduis@bedford.k12.va.us.

For questions about the process of applying for fee coverage, please contact Ryan Edwards at redwards@bedford.k12.va.us.​

Bedford Regional Water Authority
1723 Falling Creek Road • Bedford • VA 24523
540.586.7679

CARES Act Funding