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Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund Deploys $821,000 to Agencies for Economic Relief

Fund has provided vital grants to 39 diverse organizations

(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:

  • Advocates for Immigrant Rights: $15,000 to provide services to detained immigrant clients
  • ALLMemphis: $1,000 to provide supplies to students to complete lessons at home
  • American Red Cross - Mid-South Chapter: $25,000 to operate weekly blood drives
  • Apple Seeds, Inc.: $2,500 to provide post-partum support for mothers and birth support at a time where hospital births are in flux
  • Bethany Christian Services - West TN: $5,000 to provide pregnancy and post-pregnancy resources, including food and housing assistance
  • Caritas Village: $25,000 to provide 200-500 meals a day to unemployed restaurant workers and other food-insecure members of the community
  • The Collective Blueprint: $10,000 to provide career pathways for opportunity youth
  • Constance Abbey: $2,500 to provide a pop-up women's shelter downtown
  • DeafConnect of the Mid-South, Inc.: $10,000 to provide Skype translation services for people in Memphis with family elsewhere, including immigrants
  • Fayette Cares: $10,000 to provide services to homeless citizens
  • First Presbyterian Church: $10,000 to accommodate the increased demand at weekly soup kitchen and increased costs of to-go meals
  • Good Shepherd Pharmacy: $10,000 to continue providing medicine to 500 members, while accepting up to 4,500 more
  • Hospitality Hub: $15,000 to operate an emergency shelter for women
  • I Am My Sister's Keeper: $1,000 to provide support to single mothers in crisis
  • Kindred Place: $20,000 to provide family support, including telehealth services
  • Knowledge Quest: $10,000 to provide food, utility, and rental assistance to neighborhood families
  • Latino Memphis: $10,000 to share information related to the pandemic and safety in Spanish
  • Le Dujour H.E.R.O Village: $5,000 to conduct outreach and intervention to distressed families in 38118 and 38125
  • Memphis Crisis Center: $10,000 to provide counseling and direct support for those in crisis
  • Memphis Housing Authority: $41,500 for 25 workers to call all 13,000 MHA clients to provide information and screen for COVID-19
  • New Genesis Homeless: $5,000 to serve clients turned away from other missions
  • Refuge Memphis: $2,500 to purchase food and supplies for the Raleigh/Frayser/North Memphis communities
  • Refugee Empowerment Program: $5,000 to provide services and education to new immigrants
  • RISE Foundation: $15,000 to provide financial support and connect 600 clients to social services, focused, in part, on seniors and healthcare workers
  • Sacred Heart Southern Missions: $10,000 to provide social services and housing
  • Sweet Cheeks Diaper Ministry: $5,000 to meet the basic needs of families with babies
  • Thistle and Bee: $15,000 to provide services to women who have survived prostitution and sex trafficking
  • United Housing: $15,000 to provide mortgage assistance and foreclosure mitigation services
  • Welcome to Memphis: $70,000 to provide emergency grants to restaurant and hospitality workers
  • YWCA Greater Memphis: $25,000 to provide services to victims of domestic abuse

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
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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.