A $62 million relief fund is now accepting applications from Black residents picking up the pieces after the novel coronavirus shattered lives and livelihoods across Oregon.

The Oregon Cares Fund for Black Relief and Resiliency will distribute the money — taken from the $1.4 billion sent to Oregon via the federal CARES Act — in increments of $1,000, $2,000 or $3,000, depending on the severity of the virus’ impact.

Grants are also available for Black-owned businesses and nonprofits.

Two nonprofits, The Contingent and The Black United Fund, will manage monetary distribution, and an 11-member Council of Trust was formed to provide oversight.

Grant applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with distribution of the money expected two to three weeks later.

The money will be distributed based on need — not on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Oregon Legislature’s Emergency Board, which approved the $62 million allocation in July, requires that the money be disbursed no later than Dec. 30, 2020.

The other nine members of the Council of Trust are Jesse Beason, Pastor Cliff Chappell, Stephen Green, Nkenge Harmon Johnson, Angel Harris, Musse Olol, D.L. Richardson, Tyler TerMeer and Gwendolyn Tric.

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