200407-Lilburn-Gwinnett County cafeteria workers bring freshly prepared food out to waiting school buses in front of Berkmar High School so they can be delivered to students around the district. Ben@BenGray.com for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution AJC FILE PHOTO
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Gwinnett to open applications for two weeks for CARES Act funds

Gwinnett County taking applications through June 4 for grants to serve at-risk groups affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The county expects to distribute three rounds of funding from more than $163 million in federal money it must spend by the end of the year. This round of applications is open to nonprofit and faith-based groups that help Gwinnett residents. To get CARES Act money, applicants must be registered to conduct business in Georgia and be designated as a 501(c)(3) organization.

The Gwinnett Community Development Program is hosting a Webinar Friday to give potential applicants more information. The 11 a.m. meeting can be accessed online at global.gotomeeting.com/join/994133205 or by phone at 571-317-3112. The access code is 994-133-205.

Groups are encouraged to file joint applications that can address emergency food assistance, housing and emergency shelter, childcare, transportation and health-care services, among other priorities.

“I think the need in the community is so great right now,” Gwinnett Grants Manager Shannon Candler said. “These are areas where additional funding is always needed.”

To apply, fill out the COVID-19 Statement of Need application at www.GwinnettCounty.com. The application can be found under Top Stories on the home page or under COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofits on the Department of Financial Services’ Grants webpage.

“We have the flexibility to address what we need to address,” Candler said.

The money will be distributed in June. For more information, call the Community Development Program at 678-518-6008 or email gchcd@gwinnettcounty.com.

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