In Phase 1, which ran from March to June 2020, the Fund deployed $2,406,500 to 91 organizations on the front lines of the pandemic to help neighbors in need—organized into nine priority populations—through weekly, rapid-relief grants. Forty-five percent of funded agencies are led by executive directors/CEOs of color.
Click the plus signs at right to see grants below, organized by priority population served, and click here to see Phase 2 grants. 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
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
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 (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
Hospitality Hub (April 24): $25,000 to work with Community Alliance for the Homeless, HCD, and MIFA to provide shelter-in-place, case management, and supportive services to those experiencing homelessness in three locations
Hospitality Hub (May 1): $15,000 to work with Community Alliance for the Homeless, HCD, and MIFA to provide shelter-in-place, case management, and supportive services to those experiencing homelessness in three locations
Hospitality Hub (June 5): $20,000 to work with Community Alliance for the Homeless, HCD, and MIFA to provide shelter-in-place, case management and supportive services to those experiencing homelessness during COVID-19
Welcome to Memphis (March 27): $30,000 to award emergency grants to restaurant and hospitality workers. If you would like to make an additional gift to Welcome to Memphis's emergency fund housed at the Community Foundation, click here.
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
Las Americas / Memphis Leadership Foundation (June 5): $ 25,000 to provide food, supplies, devices, education support and other services to 1,000+ families and 700+ who are out of school and unable to attend summer programming
University of Memphis Foundation (June 5): $5,500 to provide food and housing support to international students during the summer who are not able to work or return home due to restrictions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak
This grant process incorporates and upholds the Community Foundation’s Community Investment Principes. These values guide our grantmaking as we strive to carry out our vision for the Mid-South to create a just and equitable region.