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Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund awards first, $150,000 round of grants

(Mar. 24, 2020) – The Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund released its first, $150,000 round of rapid relief grants to support organizations impacted by novel coronavirus and the economic consequences of the pandemic.

On Friday, March 20, the fund awarded $50,000 each in unrestricted grants to MIFA, Mid-South Food Bank, and Whole Child Strategies. Each of those organizations is on the front lines distributing food, supplies, and resources to vulnerable populations in Memphis.  

“As the need for food assistance continues to grow, our efforts to distribute more food to both our partner agencies and mobile pantry distributions are accelerating,” said Cathy Pope, president & CEO of the Mid-South Food Bank. “The generous $50,000 from donors to the COVID-19 relief fund has been critical for the Food Bank, enabling us to provide food and hope to our neighbors in need.” [Click here to read the Memphis Business Journal article on the Food Bank's mobile outreach during the pandemic.]

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. 

Representatives from the partnership agencies will award grants weekly based on the amount of funds received. To date, donors have contributed $330,000 total, with $150,000 awarded in its first four days in operation.

The Fund seeks contributions from concerned Mid-Southerners. To donate online and learn more about the fund, including its weekly grant distributions, visit