(Apr. 6, 2020) – The Community Foundation announced March 18 the establishment of 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 $1,536,518 to the fund.
The fund released its third round of rapid relief grants on Friday. Those grants went to the following nonprofit organizations:
The 29 grant awards were in addition to the previous two weeks’ grants totaling $415,000 to 11 organizations.
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.
“With our ear to the ground with nonprofits of all sizes across the community, the fund’s partner agencies are listening to them and getting dollars out quickly to help our neighbors now,” said Bob Fockler, president of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis. “As the coronavirus threat continues to rock our community, we are connecting donors’ dollars with the people most in need.”
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.