In Phase 2, which ran July to September 2020, the Fund deployed $2,473,791 to 78 organizations to stabilize nonprofits that are directly responding to the significant consequences of, and disparities exacerbated by, this public health crisis.
Phase 2 funding is allocated across four categories. Click the plus signs at right to see grant details below, and click here to see Phase 1 grants. Click here to learn more about the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund.
Capacity Building Support
The Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund made direct allocations to two organizations that provide capacity-building support for nonprofit development and advocacy. Total grants are $400,000.
Momentum Nonprofit Partners (July 15): $200,000 in operating support for professional development and public policy work needed to further strengthen and equip the nonprofit sector to effectively serve our community.
ArtsMemphis (July 15): $200,000 to support efforts to reopen, strengthen, and sustain the world-renowned arts and culture sector of our community. Grant funding was redirected by ArtsMemphis to provide unrestricted support to a variety of Mid-South arts nonprofits.
Continuity of Learning Support
The Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund made an allocation to Shelby County Schools to smoothly and continuously provide educational services to public school students. Total grant is $125,000.
Shelby County Schools (Sept. 15): $125,000 for the purchase of 658 Wi-Fi hotspots to distribute to students in grades 1-12
Direct Service Operational Support
The Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund is sponsoring participation in three professional development programs focused on fundraising, human resources, and risk management. Total funding is $215,000.
Network for Good Jumpstart Program (Sept. 1): $75,000 to increase fundraising outcomes by complementing dynamic donor management software with personal coaching and professional services through an immersive, yearlong learning cohort. This opportunity was exclusively for nonprofits led by executive directors/CEOs of color.
HRO Partners HRO Essentials (Sept. 1): $75,000 for one year of unlimited, on-demand human resources support through the expertise of HR professionals at HRO and through the Essentials online platform. Forty percent of funded agencies are led by executive directors/CEOs of color.
Risk Alternatives (Sept. 1):$65,000 for business continuity, sustainability, and resilience training across three sub-sector specific cohorts. This opportunity was exclusively for nonprofits working in housing, social justice, and youth development.
Housing. Forty-four percent of funded agencies are led by executive directors/CEOs of color.
The Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund supported nonprofits that are directly responding to the target populations most impacted by the consequences of this outbreak with general operating dollars. Total grants are $1,733,791. Sixty-five percent of funded agencies are led by executive directors/CEOs of color.
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.