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Belong! COVID-19 Assistance Fund (BCAF)

To address the increasingly negative economic impact of COVID-19, Belong! has created a fund to provide financial assistance to employees of small businesses and resident living in Vienna with zip codes of 22180 and 22181 who have been heavily impacted by the pandemic. Funds will be made available in the form of a one-time gift of $500, paid directly to landlords for rent and gas or electric companies for those who have lost significant income due to work interruptions. The primary purpose of this program is to support eligible residents, workers and small business in Vienna and address workforce impacts and business interruptions caused by the health crisis.

Completion of an application for the BCAF does not guarantee the receipt of funds.  Assistance is contingent on meeting all of the program criteria and the availability of funding.

Who Can Apply?

Vienna Residents

  • Must live in Vienna with zip code of 22180 or 22181.
  • Must have been employed and earning $20 or less per hour ($41,600 or less annually) before March 1, 2020.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age and are not a dependent on another person’s federal taxes.
  • Must have lost 50% of income for at least 30 days due to COVID-19.
  • Cannot have received a gift from this fund through your employer.

You must meet ALL of the above requirements to be eligible.

How to Apply – Vienna Residents

Please complete all three steps below.

  1. Complete the online form in one sitting.  (hay version en Español por el mismo enlace)
  2. Provide proof that you live in the Vienna zip code of 22180 or 22181 (should be a copy of a bill with name and address). Please send to BCAF@belongvienna.org.
  3. Download the Employee Verification Form. (Bajar copia del Formulario de Verificacion del Empleado.) Please fill in the top part and ask your employer (where you worked prior to March 1, 2020) to complete and sign the rest of the form. Return to Belong! at BCAF@belongvienna.org.
  4. Questions? Please contact 571-474-8301.

Vienna Small Businesses – for select employees

Because of the negative impact on the Vienna community, qualifying small businesses can apply for the program on behalf of specific employees most affected by the pandemic.

To qualify, your business:

  • Must be located in Vienna with zip code of 22180 or 22181.
  • Must have a valid EIN.
  • Must have no more than 15 total full-time-equivalent employees in your Vienna-based business.

To be eligible, your employees:

  • Must have been employed by you and earning $20 or less per hour ($41,600 or less annually) before March 1, 2020.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age and are not a dependent on another person’s federal taxes.
  • Must have lost 50% of income for at least 30 days due to COVID-19 during the period March 1-September 30, 2020.
  • Note: Employees who meet the above requirements do not have to live in Vienna to be eligible.

How to Apply – Vienna Small Businesses

For eligible employees to receive the one-time gift of $500 in rent or utilities payment, the business owner/representative must apply and verify the eligibility of employees by completing two simple steps:

  1. Complete this online form in one sitting.
  2. Provide us a list of eligible employees and certify they meet our criteria. Send to bcaf@belongvienna.org

Please note: Businesses are applying for financial aid on behalf of their eligible employees. Neither designated businesses, nor eligible employees will receive money directly from the fund. The one-time awards are paid directly to landlords or utility companies (employee can choose) to help offset financial strains caused by loss of work during the health crisis.