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We are grateful to Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund donors who make grants to those affected by the coronavirus crisis possible. 

To date, the Fund has deployed $2,406,500 to help our neighbors in need. This effort includes multiple phases of funding to address both the acute need now and the longer-term impacts of the pandemic and recovery.

Click the plus signs at right to see grants below, organized by priority population served, or click here to learn more about the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund.

The elderly and other high-risk populations who are experiencing a COVID-19 impact, whether they are living at home or in group settings

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  • Alliance Healthcare Services (May 29): $25,000 to provide mental health services to patients throughout Shelby County and West Tennessee during the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Alpha Omega Veterans Services (March 27): $7,500 to offer supportive services to homeless veterans
  • Alpha Omega Veterans Services (May 8): $2,500 to provide supportive services and housing to veterans affected by the COVID-19 outbreak           
  • Apple Seeds, Inc. (April 3): $2,500 to provide post-partum support for mothers and birth support at a time where hospital births are in flux
  • Apple Seeds, Inc. (May 8): $2,500 to provide pre-partum, post-partum, and birthing support to high-risk mothers through hospital referrals     
  • Apple Seeds, Inc. (June 5): $5,000 to provide post-partum support for mothers and birth support at a time where hospital births are in flux during the COVID-10 outbreak                                            
  • Bethany Christian Services - West TN (April 3): $5,000 to provide pregnancy and post-pregnancy resources, including food and housing assistance
  • DeafConnect of the Mid-South, Inc. (April 3): $10,000 to provide Skype translation services for people in Memphis with family elsewhere, including immigrants
  • Families Matter (May 1): $10,000 to provide mental health support to families and children in ZIP codes with the highest number of administered tests and positive COVID-19 results
  • Family Safety Center of Memphis and Shelby County (May 22): $25,000 to quickly and confidentially serve victims of abuse during the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Friends for Life (May 15): $20,000 to provide for full-service food delivery and other support for their 3,000 clients. Read The Body article about this work.
  • I Am My Sister's Keeper (April 3): $1,000 to provide support to single mothers in crisis
  • I Am My Sister's Keeper (May 15): $1,000 to provide support to single mothers in crisis 
  • Just City (April 17): $25,000 to provide bail of $5,000 or less to inmates at 201 Poplar and Jail East to remove them from a highly contagious situation. Read The Daily Memphian article about this work.
  • Just City (May 15): $25,000 to provide bail of $5,000 or less to inmates at 201 Poplar and Jail East to remove them from a highly contagious environment    
  • Kindred Place (April 3): $20,000 to provide family support, including telehealth services. Watch the WMC-TV 5 segment about this work.
  • Love Doesn’t Hurt (May 1): $1,500 to support LGBTQ+ victims of domestic violence with emergency services and case management
  • Memphis Area Legal Services (May 1): $50,000 to assist individuals who are unemployed due to COVID-19 avoid eviction or foreclosure, receive SNAP and unemployment benefits, and receive relief from COVID-19 related scams
  • Memphis Area Legal Services (June 5): $25,000 to assist individuals who are unemployed due to COVID-19 avoid eviction or foreclosure, receive SNAP and unemployment benefits, and receive relief from COVID-19-related scams
  • Memphis Artists for Change (May 1): $15,000 to provide food and short-term internet access for 300+ people in Whitehaven, North Memphis, and South Memphis, and to distribute PPE to high risk populations 
  • Memphis Crisis Center (April 3): $10,000 to provide counseling and direct support for those in crisis. Read The Daily Memphian article about this work.
  • Memphis Crisis Center (June 5): $15,000 to provide counseling and direct support for those in crisis during the COVID-19 outbreak 2. Low-income families experiencing short-term financial crises related to COVID-19      
  • Memphis Housing Authority (April 3): $41,500 for 25 workers to call all 13,000 MHA clients to provide information and screen for COVID-19. Watch the WREG Channel 3 segment about this work.
  • Methodist Le Bonheur Community Outreach (April 24): $7,500 to help provide high-risk diabetes patients receive the food they need to effectively manage the disease during the outbreak
  • OUTMemphis (March 27): $7,500 to compile and distribute food and hygiene kits. Watch the Local 24 ABC segment about this work.
  • OUTMemphis (May 22): $10,000 to compile and distribute food and hygiene kits to people in need for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Palmer Home for Children (April 17): $25,000 to provide emergency services and support to children and families dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak
  • SRVS (Apr. 6): $6,000 to provide food and supplies to the 55 residential homes they are serving during the COVID-19 outbreak
  • SRVS (May 8): $5,000 to provide food and supplies to the 55 residential homes they serve 
  • Thistle & Bee (April 3): $15,000 to provide services to women who have survived prostitution and sex trafficking
  • Urban Strategies, Inc. (April 17): $25,000 to provide services to over 2,500 residents 38126, a hot spot in terms of positive COVID-19 cases
  • Women's Advocacy Center: $3,000 to support five women and families affected by domestic violence since COVID-19 
  • YWCA Greater Memphis (April 3): $25,000 to provide services to victims of domestic abuse    
  • YWCA Greater Memphis (May 22): $15,000 to provide increased services to victims of domestic abuse  

Low-income families experiencing short-term financial crises related to COVID-19

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Residents who are food insecure

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Residents who are housing insecure

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Residents who have no medical insurance or who are underinsured

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

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Residents who are quarantined, either voluntarily or by the directive of a medical professional or the Shelby County Health Department, and who may not have sufficient support from their families and friends

Residents who face extraordinary childcare challenges as a result of school or daycare closures

Immigrants and Communities of Color

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