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$62,500 in New Grants to Agencies for Economic Relief

Total grants reach $2,073,500

(June 1, 2020) – The Community Foundation announced May 29 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 $3,460,609 to the fund.

The eleventh round of rapid relief grants totaled $62,500. Those grants went to the following nonprofit organizations:

  • Alliance Healthcare Services: $25,000 to provide mental health services to patients throughout Shelby County and West Tennessee during the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Catholic Charities of West Tennessee: $15,000 to serve 4,000 individuals through its food services program and help connect unhoused people to resources during the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Knowledge Quest: $10,000 to provide food, utility, and rental assistance to neighborhood families during the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Memphis Inner City Rugby: $2,500 to provide needed supplies for its 225 families in South City, Westwood, Frayser, Hickory Hill, and Orange Mound during the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Neighborhood Christian Centers: $10,000 to provide family support and food stability during the COVID-19 outbreak

The five grant awards were in addition to 10 previous weeks’ grants, bringing total grantmaking to $2,073,500 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.