(June 8, 2020) – The Community Foundation announced June 5 the final distribution in its first, rapid-relief grant round 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 $4,010,850 to the fund.
The twelfth round of rapid relief grants totaled $333,000. Those grants went to the following nonprofit organizations:
The 20 grant awards were in addition to 11 previous weeks’ grants, bringing total grantmaking to $2,406,500 from the fund since March 18.
Anticipating multiple grantmaking rounds, the fund’s Advisory Committee allocated 60% of available funds to immediate needs and reserved 40% for recovery and resilience funding. The second phase of funding, to be introduced later this month, is intended to stabilize nonprofit organizations that are directly responding to the significant consequences of, and disparities exacerbated by, this public health crisis.
In addition to awarding grants to select agencies identified by the Community Foundation and its partners, the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund will invite any nonprofit in West Tennessee, eastern Arkansas, or northern Mississippi that is directly responding to the priority populations most impacted by the consequences of the pandemic to apply for up to $50,000 in general operating funds to continue to provide and enhance services to those populations.
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.