During these confusing and unknown times, we’ve seen our community band together in an incredible way. This has manifested in business directories, support funds and pages dedicated to the latest community news. While we immerse ourselves on these platforms, we noticed that it was hard to find a centralized location for all this information. The J.O. team has you! We’ve created a list of Fort Worth initiatives supporting the community we love, so you can spend less time searching and more time doing.
Crockett RowThe Crockett Row website provides an up-to-date list of which businesses are open to the public for curb-side pickup or in-house dining/shopping. The list includes details of current hours, capacity limits and contact information for businesses.
Group Raise’s website hosts a list of restaurants that are donating meals to an organization or cause of your choice. Restaurants participating on Group Raise are also donating a percentage of their proceeds to a number of worthy causes on a local to global scale.
When you were a kid, were you told don’t play with your food? Support Our Fort is throwing that out the window with their restaurant matchmaking tool. They are also donating 100 percent of profits from sales of items such as T-shirts, pennants and whiskey glasses to the purchase of gift certificates from local restaurants, which are then given to local essential workers.
We know the Near Southside as a thriving, bustling neighborhood. Near Southside, Inc. is keeping that going with their Southside Guide. Not only can you explore the open restaurants and retail businesses, you can use the website filter to discover digital experiences, nonprofit offerings, wellness services and more.
Hold Down the Fort is a collaborative effort to build awareness of small businesses in the Fort Worth area by telling their stories during the pandemic shutdown. Through the purchase of a T-shirt or a donation, you can support the purchase of meals for local healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 fight.
Creativity thrives in Fort Worth’s Near Southside neighborhood. Unfortunately, that means the creatives who live here have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown. In an effort to provide support, Near Southside, Inc. launched the Southside Culinary Arts Retail Entertainment and Service Fund (C.A.R.E.S.). The fund offers “$250 relief grants to Near Southside creatives, gig and service workers experiencing financial hardship.” You can apply for support or donate on the website or via PayPal.
Launched by Fine Line Group and the Family Office of Sasha and Edward P. Bass, The New Normal Fort Worth is challenging visual artists to create works that reflect their new normal in a COVID-19 world. Artists who are experiencing financial need can apply to participate.
The Arts Council of Fort Worth has launched a relief fund providing emergency funding for local arts nonprofits that have been impacted by COVID-19. Artists can apply for funding starting now through September 2020. For more information on the fund and to make a donation, visit their website.
Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB) serves the most vulnerable of Tarrant County residents and has seen incredible need since the COVID-19 restrictions began. In April alone, TAFB provided 5,800,000 meals, but there is still so much need. Donations can be made via their website and all of the proceeds will be used to support their COVID-19 efforts.
We at J.O. adore our creative professionals and want to see them taken care of. Hear Fort Worth and Film Fort Worth with assistance from United Way of Tarrant County have established a creative industry relief fund to help support musicians, artists, performers and filmmakers who have lost work due to COVID-19. Grants offer up to $300 for each qualifying applicant.
Fort Worth’s go-to source for the latest and greatest is offering a plethora of resources from City news and updates, to a 300+ restaurant guide and small business resources.
The Tarrant County website provides up-to-date information on how COVID-19 is affecting the County along with updated mandated regulations.
Each of these websites present a variety of ways you can support small business owners, local artists and organizations in Fort Worth. Hopefully, this centralized list will make it easy for you to support our community. If you see something that should be included in this list, please let us know!