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Total grants reach $1,777,000

The Community Foundation announced May 1 the latest round of grants from the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund. This fund is the unified community relief effort to support organizations impacted by novel coronavirus and the economic consequences of the pandemic. To date, individual, corporate, and foundation donors have contributed $3,019,397 to the fund.

The seventh round of rapid relief grants totaled $237,000. Those grants went to the following nonprofit organizations:

  • Block Party for Peace/Our Grass Our Roots: $10,000 to support the Masks for Memphis project
  • City of Memphis: $18,000 to purchase and distribute PPE to essential workers in government, business, and nonprofits
  • Families Matter: $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
  • First Congregational Church – Memphis: $2,500 to support COVID-1 response work for immigrants being done by Mariposas Collective                            
  • For the Kingdom: $10,000 to feed youths, seniors, and first responders Monday-Friday with a goal of expanding to three apartment complexes in 38128
  • Hospitality Hub: $15,000 to work with Community Alliance for the Homeless, Memphis Housing & Community Development, and MIFA to provide shelter-in-place, case management, and supportive services to those experiencing homelessness in three locations                           
  • Love Doesn’t Hurt: $1,500 to support LGBTQ+ victims of domestic violence with emergency services and case management
  • Memphis Area Legal Services: $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 Artists for Change: $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 Health Center: $25,000 to support COVID-19 testing and associated expenses                     
  • One Family Memphis dba Memphis Rox: $10,000 to prepare and serve of 150 lunches Monday-Friday to the Soulsville community and families impacted by COVID-19                                    
  • Whole Child Strategies: $50,000 to provided coordinated response for families in eight neighborhoods 
  • Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis: $20,000 to provide COVID-19 response in 38126                                                

The 13 grant awards were in addition to six previous weeks’ grants, bringing total grantmaking to $1,777,000 from the fund since March 18.

Representatives from the Fund’s partnership agencies will award grants weekly based on the amount of funds received. The grant committee allocates 60% of available funds to immediate needs and reserves 40% for recovery and resilience funding in the coming months.

The fund seeks contributions from concerned Mid-Southerners. To donate online and learn more about the fund, including its weekly grant distributions, click here.

About the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund

The Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund is managed by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, in partnership with City of Memphis, Shelby County Government, United Way of the Mid-South, and Momentum Nonprofit Partners/Mid-South Philanthropy Network. It provides flexible funding to nonprofit organizations serving community members dealing with the economic consequences of the outbreak in West Tennessee, Eastern Arkansas, and Northern Mississippi.