The Southside Culinary Arts Retail Entertainment and Service Fund offers $250 relief grants to Near Southside creatives, gig and service workers that are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19.

We’re good at coming together for a cause. But in times like these, we need to do more than unite with each other. We need to unite for each other.

The fund was made possible by a $15,000 matching funds lead gift from Marilyn and Marty Englander, owners of Kent & Co, and relies on community contributions to serve applicants. Since opening, the Southside C.A.R.E.S. has received broad support from the Near Southside community. The Englander's spirit of giving has been carried forward by additional matching-funds gifts from Amanda and Eric Behn of Vandervoorts Dairy, First Financial Bank, and the DuBose Family Foundation.

On Thursday, April 30th, Leon Bridges and special guest Abraham Alexander performed a FREE streaming concert to help rally support of the Southside C.A.R.E.S. Fund. Their performance and the generous partnership of Kent & Co. Magnolia Wine Bar, Schaefer Advertising Co. and Fort Worth Weekly we were able to raise over $60,000 through the duration of the concert. In September 2020 the Better Together Fund from the North Texas Community Foundation has pledged to match every dollar donated up to $12,5000.

Since launching in April the Southside C.A.R.E.S. fund has had a huge impact:
* $163,000+ raised
* 1,800+ individual donors
* 630+ grants to Near Southsiders in nee

Donate today to double your impact and help community members in need.


Donate via PayPal phone app @southsidecares or by using the button below.


With many of our district’s retailers, restaurants, bars, breweries, entertainment venues, and events closed or operating at reduced capacity, Near Southside creatives, gig and service industry employees are facing significant financial impacts. These important professionals have served on the front lines of the Near Southside’s revitalization as the friendly faces of our most beloved businesses and experiences. So much of the Near Southside’s culture and prosperity has been made possible because of their everyday contributions. While many still await assistance from PPP, EIDL, unemployment, or a simple return to work, their need for essential purchases and payment of monthly bills continues to apply financial pressure.

Any person currently employed, or previously employed in the Near Southside immediately prior to COVID-19, facing a financial hardship in the following professions:

Applicants must demonstrate a professional connection to the district and provide a simple statement of need. Qualified applicants will be eligible for a grant of $250. All applications received will be evaluated for need and funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants can apply as frequently as needed so long as they can still demonstrate need.



Gifts to the Southside C.A.R.E.S. Fund will be tax-deductible, with tax acknowledgements provided by Historic Southside, Inc. for any individual donations of $250 or more.

Historic Southside, Inc., managed by Near Southside, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization servicing the Near Southside community’s charitable initiatives.

Near Southside, Inc. is a private, member-funded, non-profit 501(c)(4) development company dedicated to the revitalization of Fort Worth’s Near Southside. NSI began as a small coalition of Near Southside businesses and community leaders and has grown dramatically over the last decade. We invite you to join us as we promote the redevelopment of Fort Worth’s Near Southside as a vibrant, urban, mixed-use neighborhood.


Megan Henderson
Near Southside, Inc.
Director of Events & Communications
Southside CARES Fund Administrator
817-966-1880 (text only please)

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