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Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund announces second phase

Funding in four categories will total an anticipated $1.8 million

(July 6, 2020) – In its second phase of funding, running July to September 2020, the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund, managed by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, is awarding grants to stabilize nonprofit organizations that are directly responding to the significant consequences of, and disparities exacerbated by, the coronavirus crisis.

In its first, immediate relief phase that ran March to June, the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund deployed $2,406,500 to 91 organizations to help neighbors in need.

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 $4,215,250 to the fund. 

Phase 2 funding is in four categories. Direct allocations awarded this week are:

  • Capacity Building Support
    • Momentum Nonprofit Partners: $200,000 for professional development and public policy work to further strengthen and equip the nonprofit sector
    • ArtsMemphis: $200,000 to support efforts to reopen, strengthen, and sustain our arts and culture sector through unrestricted funding to Mid-South arts nonprofits
    • Continuity of Learning Support
      • Shelby County Schools: $120,000 to support professional development for teachers to ease their transition into remote and hybrid teaching, and to create a high-quality and sustainable family and community engagement plan for at-home learning

Mid-South nonprofits can apply for grant funding in the final two categories. The application process for each opens July 8.

  • Direct Service Operational Support: Nonprofits seeking to strengthen their infrastructure, with a focus on grassroots organizations, can apply for sponsored participation in three programs focused on fundraising, human resources, and risk management.
  • Operating Support: Nonprofits that are directly responding to the target populations most impacted by the consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak may apply for operating support grants up to $50,000.

This second phase of funding allows us to support not only the sustainability of our nonprofit sector, but also to deliberately address already-present disparities that the coronavirus crisis made even more acute,” said Community Foundation president Robert Fockler. “We are committed to strengthening the organizations that are dedicated to lessening the burden of those inequalities.”

To apply for grant funding, donate online and learn more about the fund, 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. 

About the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis:
The mission of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis is to strengthen the community through philanthropy. Founded in 1969, the Foundation last year awarded $163 million in grants to nonprofit organizations. The Community Foundation manages 1,200 charitable funds, with assets of $739 million. For more information, visit