Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund Grants Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund Grants

Operating Support

As a part of Phase 3 of the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund, we are again offering Operating Support to stabilize nonprofits who are directly responding to the target populations most impacted by the consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak in the Mid-South region. Total funding available is $2,300,000. See Apply tab for details on basic eligibility.

Grants will be general operating funds up to $50,000 for nonprofits providing immediate services to the following priority populations:

  • The elderly, youth, homeless LGBTQ+ youth, Black trans people, other high-risk populations;

  • Low-income families;

  • Residents who are food insecure;

  • Residents who are housing insecure;

  • Residents who have no medical insurance or who are underinsured;

  • Residents who will experience a loss in household income due to interruptions in work and lack access to sick days;

  • Teens and young adults ages 16-24 who are neither working nor in school;

  • Immigrants and refugees; and

  • Communities of Color.

Eligilibility

Eligible organizations must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency or under fiscal sponsorship of a 501(c)3, operating in West Tennessee, northern Mississippi, and/or eastern Arkansas, and permitted by the Tennessee Secretary of State to solicit funds. Applicants must also have a LIVEGIVEmidsouth.org organizational profile in progress at the time of application submission and must have a published or updated LIVEGIVEmidsouth.org profile by the grant award date. The Community Foundation will provide training and support to each organization building a profile.

 

APPLICATION EVALUATION cRITERIA

Because needs are great, applying organizations will be prioritized in three categories, as detailed below. For funding consideration, an organization must demonstrate that its mission and programming address the vast consequences of, and disparities exacerbated by, the COVID-19 public health crisis according to one of the following priorities:

  1. Mental Health and Trauma Recovery: Nonprofit organizations that have consistently served the priority populations listed above AND that are addressing needs related to mental health and/or recovery from COVID-19 and its effects; or

  2. Jobs & Education: Nonprofit organizations that have consistently served the priority populations listed above AND that are addressing needs related to creating and connecting people to jobs and/or educational and childcare strategies for addressing learning loss, comprehension, and social development; or

  3. Other Services to Priority Populations: Organizations providing any other services to the priority populations listed above.

Evaluation criteria that the grant committee will consider include:

  • Priority: Where an organization ranks in the first, second, and third priorities listed above;

  • Reach: Whether an organization provides services to a large population OR provides intensive or specialized services to a smaller population;

  • Representation: Organizations led by person(s) of color AND organizations with a board and staff that appropriately reflects and involves the population(s) it serves

  • Need: How grant funds will fill a gap not able to be filled by other resources.

 

GRANT Application Process & Timeline

The Community Foundation’s Strengthening Nonprofits committee will evaluate applications and administer grants in partnership with an advisory committee that includes representatives from the City of Memphis, Shelby County Government, United Way of the Mid-South, and Momentum Nonprofit Partners/Mid-South Philanthropy Network.

September 13: A brief information session has been recorded and posted at the bottom of this page for viewing by applicants. For any further questions about the application process, please email Director of Grants & Initiatives Aerial Ozuzu  or call her at (901) 722-0022. 

September 15: Application opens online in GranteeView.

October 6: Deadline to submit application online via GranteeView. For an application to be considered, a LIVEGIVEmidsouth.org profile for the applying organization must be in progress by this date. For questions about building a profile, click here or email LIVEGIVEmidsouth Profile Coach Nur Abdalla  or call her at (901) 722-0020.

October 22: Applicants will be notified via e-mail whether they are invited to continue in the process by participating in a 30-minute virtual interview with grant committee members. Questions will be provided in advance.

October 27: Virtual interviews with applicant organizations begin. The applicant’s Executive Director and one board member are asked to participate.

Mid-to-late November: Interview applicants will be notified of final funding decisions via e-mail. Applicants must have a published or updated LIVEGIVEmidsouth.org profile by the award date in order to receive funds.

 

Application Resources

For any questions or support navigating the application process, email Director of Grants & Initiatives Aerial Ozuzu. 

This grant process incorporates and upholds the Community Foundation’s Values for Investing, detailed here. These values guide our grantmaking as we strive to carry out our vision for the Mid-South to create a just and equitable region. 

For any questions or support navigating the application process, email Director of Grants & Initiatives Aerial Ozuzu. 

ABOUT

Operating Support

As a part of Phase 3 of the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund, we are again offering Operating Support to stabilize nonprofits who are directly responding to the target populations most impacted by the consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak in the Mid-South region. Total funding available is $2,300,000. See Apply tab for details on basic eligibility.

Grants will be general operating funds up to $50,000 for nonprofits providing immediate services to the following priority populations:

  • The elderly, youth, homeless LGBTQ+ youth, Black trans people, other high-risk populations;

  • Low-income families;

  • Residents who are food insecure;

  • Residents who are housing insecure;

  • Residents who have no medical insurance or who are underinsured;

  • Residents who will experience a loss in household income due to interruptions in work and lack access to sick days;

  • Teens and young adults ages 16-24 who are neither working nor in school;

  • Immigrants and refugees; and

  • Communities of Color.

APPLY

Eligilibility

Eligible organizations must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency or under fiscal sponsorship of a 501(c)3, operating in West Tennessee, northern Mississippi, and/or eastern Arkansas, and permitted by the Tennessee Secretary of State to solicit funds. Applicants must also have a LIVEGIVEmidsouth.org organizational profile in progress at the time of application submission and must have a published or updated LIVEGIVEmidsouth.org profile by the grant award date. The Community Foundation will provide training and support to each organization building a profile.

 

APPLICATION EVALUATION cRITERIA

Because needs are great, applying organizations will be prioritized in three categories, as detailed below. For funding consideration, an organization must demonstrate that its mission and programming address the vast consequences of, and disparities exacerbated by, the COVID-19 public health crisis according to one of the following priorities:

  1. Mental Health and Trauma Recovery: Nonprofit organizations that have consistently served the priority populations listed above AND that are addressing needs related to mental health and/or recovery from COVID-19 and its effects; or

  2. Jobs & Education: Nonprofit organizations that have consistently served the priority populations listed above AND that are addressing needs related to creating and connecting people to jobs and/or educational and childcare strategies for addressing learning loss, comprehension, and social development; or

  3. Other Services to Priority Populations: Organizations providing any other services to the priority populations listed above.

Evaluation criteria that the grant committee will consider include:

  • Priority: Where an organization ranks in the first, second, and third priorities listed above;

  • Reach: Whether an organization provides services to a large population OR provides intensive or specialized services to a smaller population;

  • Representation: Organizations led by person(s) of color AND organizations with a board and staff that appropriately reflects and involves the population(s) it serves

  • Need: How grant funds will fill a gap not able to be filled by other resources.

 

GRANT Application Process & Timeline

The Community Foundation’s Strengthening Nonprofits committee will evaluate applications and administer grants in partnership with an advisory committee that includes representatives from the City of Memphis, Shelby County Government, United Way of the Mid-South, and Momentum Nonprofit Partners/Mid-South Philanthropy Network.

September 13: A brief information session has been recorded and posted at the bottom of this page for viewing by applicants. For any further questions about the application process, please email Director of Grants & Initiatives Aerial Ozuzu  or call her at (901) 722-0022. 

September 15: Application opens online in GranteeView.

October 6: Deadline to submit application online via GranteeView. For an application to be considered, a LIVEGIVEmidsouth.org profile for the applying organization must be in progress by this date. For questions about building a profile, click here or email LIVEGIVEmidsouth Profile Coach Nur Abdalla  or call her at (901) 722-0020.

October 22: Applicants will be notified via e-mail whether they are invited to continue in the process by participating in a 30-minute virtual interview with grant committee members. Questions will be provided in advance.

October 27: Virtual interviews with applicant organizations begin. The applicant’s Executive Director and one board member are asked to participate.

Mid-to-late November: Interview applicants will be notified of final funding decisions via e-mail. Applicants must have a published or updated LIVEGIVEmidsouth.org profile by the award date in order to receive funds.

 

Application Resources

For any questions or support navigating the application process, email Director of Grants & Initiatives Aerial Ozuzu. 

Community Investment Principles

This grant process incorporates and upholds the Community Foundation’s Values for Investing, detailed here. These values guide our grantmaking as we strive to carry out our vision for the Mid-South to create a just and equitable region. 

For any questions or support navigating the application process, email Director of Grants & Initiatives Aerial Ozuzu.