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$165,000 Awarded in first round of Pay It Forward Mid-South grants

All donations through January 31 will support workers affected by health directive

(Jan. 6, 2021) – As part of the Pay It Forward Mid-South campaign, all donations to the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund through the end of January will go directly—and quickly—for the relief of hospitality and service industry workers who lose wages or employment as a result of the limitations and restrictions necessarily imposed by the Health Department to fight the current surge in COVID cases in our community.

Through the first two weeks of the campaign, donors contributed just over $169,000. The Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund made its first set of grant awards, totaling $165,000, to two organizations:

  • Welcome to Memphis ($82,500) for individual relief funds to hospitality service employees. Eligible recipients are hourly workers of hotels, restaurants, bars, tourist attractions, convention services, or tour operators.
  • MIFA ($82,500) to provide rent, mortgage, and utility assistance for Memphis and Shelby County residents who have experienced a temporary crisis due to COVID-19, such as a job loss or reduction in pay.

These two grants should help more than 300 local workers. The Fund’s Advisory Committee anticipates making another set of grant awards at the end of the month, with a total determined by the amount of Pay It Forward Mid-South dollars raised.

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To learn more or apply for financial assistance, follow the links below.

The Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund is the unified community relief effort to support organizations impacted by novel coronavirus and the economic consequences of the pandemic. To 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.