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$156,500 in New Grants to Agencies for Economic Relief

Total grants reach $977,500

The Community Foundation announced April 10 the latest round of grants 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 $1,631,934 to the fund.

The fourth round of rapid relief grants totaled $156,500. Those grants went to the following nonprofit organizations:

  • Community Legal Center: $2,500 to provide for the increased cost of virtual DACA consultations
  • Landmark Training Development Center: $5,000 to provide the residents of Orange Mound food pantry and farmers market services  
  • Legacy of Legends Community Development Corporation: $10,000 to provide for increased needs of the residents of Frayser as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak 
  • The PAIGE: $10,000 to provide COVID-19 related referrals and other support to LGBTQ+ communities of color 
  • Room in the Inn - Memphis: $10,000 to provide medical respite for recently discharged patients seeking shelter and considered to be medically fragile 
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul: $5,000 to provide increased service due to COVID-19 to individuals experiencing homelessness 
  • SRVS: $6,000 to provide food and supplies to the 55 residential homes they are serving during the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Urban Community Ministries: $5,000 to provide transportation services to families in 38126 that do not otherwise have access services outside of their neighborhood 
  • Whole Child Strategies: $100,000 to provide coordinated response to the COVID-19 outbreak for families in eight neighborhoods
  • The Women's Advocacy Center: $3,000 to support five women and families affected by domestic violence since COVID-19 

The 10 grant awards were in addition to three previous weeks’ grants, bringing total grantmaking to $977,500 from the fund since March 18.

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.

“Still weeks from the surge and almost guaranteed several more weeks of social distancing, our neighbors remain in dire need,” said Bob Fockler, president of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis. “We are connecting donors’ dollars with the agencies serving vulnerable populations throughout Memphis and the Mid-South.”

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.