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Total grants reach $1,839,500

(May 11, 2020) – The Community Foundation announced May 8 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 $3,065,891 to the fund.

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

  • Alpha Omega Veteran Services: $2,500 to provide supportive services and housing to veterans affected by the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Apple Seeds, Inc.: $2,500 to provide pre-partum, post-partum, and birthing support to high-risk mothers through hospital referrals 
  • Community Legal Center: $5,000 to provide for the increased cost of virtual DACA consultation              
  • Momentum Nonprofit Partners: $17,500 to procure PPE to distribute to area nonprofits
  • Refugee Empowerment Program: $5,000 to provide services and education to new immigrants
  • RISE Foundation: $10,000 to provide financial support and connect 600+ clients to social services, focused, in part, on seniors and healthcare workers
  • SRVS: $5,000 to provide food and supplies to the 55 residential homes they serve                   
  • Sweet Cheeks Diaper Ministry: $5,000 to continue to meet the basic needs of families with babies 
  • United Housing: $10,000 to provide foreclosure and home repair assistance                         

The nine grant awards were in addition to seven previous weeks’ grants, bringing total grantmaking to $1,839,500 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.