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Fund Distributes $200,000 in New Grants to Agencies

Total grants reach $1,540,000

(Apr. 27, 2020) – The Community Foundation announced April 24 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 $2,615,587 to the fund.

The sixth round of rapid relief grants totaled $200,000. Those grants went to the following nonprofit organizations:

  • Agape Child and Family Services: $25,000 to provide emergency assistance to families experiencing hardships as a result of the recent coronavirus outbreak
  • Calvary Episcopal Church: $10,000 to provide clothing, food, and hygiene products to the housing-insecure 
  • CasaLuz: $5,000 to provide housing, food, and supplies to victims of domestic/sexual violence in the wake of COVID-19              
  • Catholic Charities of West TN: $25,000 to serve 4,000 individuals through its food services program and help connect unhoused people to resources         
  • Church Health: $ 25,000 to support COVID-19 testing and associated expenses                        
  • Christ Community Health Services, Inc.: $ 25,000 to support COVID-19 testing and associated expenses                  
  • Hospitality Hub: $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                                  
  • Memphis Inner City Rugby: $2,500 to provide needed supplies to its 225 families in South City, Westwood, Frayser, Hickory Hill, and Orange Mound
  • Methodist Le Bonheur Community Outreach: $7,500 to help provide high-risk diabetes patients receive the food they need to effectively manage the disease during the outbreak
  • MIFA: $25,000 to support emergency services related to COVID-19 outbreak                        
  • Salvation Army of Memphis and the Mid-South: $25,000 to provide childcare and meals to first responders and healthcare workers.

The 11 grant awards were in addition to five previous weeks’ grants, bringing total grantmaking to $1,540,000 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.

“Continued generosity from donors is allowing the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund to make effective rapid-relief grants,” said Bob Fockler, president of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis. “The network of committed, front-line grantee organizations is providing critical services to thousands of Mid-Southerners.”

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.