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Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund

Community Foundation of Greater Memphis

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Health Care Access & Delivery Economic Services & Development Human & Social Services Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Crittenden County, Arkansas, Counties in Mississippi: Benton County, Calhoun County, DeSoto County, Lafayette County Show all

Location of residency: Crittenden County, Arkansas, Counties in Mississippi: Benton County, Calhoun County, DeSoto County, Lafayette County Show all

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Overview:

NOTE: We will continue to make weekly grants to organizations serving those most in need, based on the amount of funds received. In order to make rapid, effective grants and not further burden organizations on the front lines of the pandemic, we are not hosting a formal application process. 

Hosted by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis Foundation, the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund provides flexible funding to organizations serving people impacted by novel coronavirus and the economic consequences of the pandemic in West Tennessee, eastern Arkansas, and northern Mississippi. 

Phase 1. In 12 weeks, from March to June, the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund deployed $2,406,500 to 91 organizations to help neighbors in need—organized into nine priority populations—through weekly, rapid-relief grants on the front lines of the pandemic.

The Community Foundation administered grants in partnership with the City of Memphis, Shelby County Government, United Way of the Mid-South, and Momentum Nonprofit Partners/Mid-South Philanthropy Network.

Phase 2. As the longer-term consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic spread throughout our region, we shift focus in the second phase of funding to grants intended to stabilize nonprofit organizations that are directly responding to the significant consequences of, and disparities exacerbated by, this public health crisis.

Those disparities were present long before the pandemic, and we wish to strengthen the organizations that are dedicated to lessening the burden of those inequalities.

In addition to awarding grants to select agencies identified by the Community Foundation and its partners, we 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 this pandemic to apply for up to $50,000 in general operating funds to continue to provide and enhance services to those populations. 

Our plan is to announce the full programs later this month, and the application process will start in early July. We want to distribute funds no later than September 30. We will present information on eligibility, process, and timeline soon on this website and social media.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • In this first phase, we are prioritizing community-based organizations that are serving communities and individuals who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from this crisis.
  • Based upon the charitable structure of the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund, our grants are limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities.
  • The Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund will prioritize community-based organizations serving West Tennessee, eastern Arkansas, and northern Mississippi.
    • We are doing this with a recognition that many Shelby County nonprofits serve workers and residents in our neighboring counties.

Ineligibility:

  • In this first round, we are not able to prioritize organizations who have lost revenue or are likely to lose future revenue due to canceled events or programs, or larger public institutions that are strained by increased demand for services.
    • We recognize these challenges, and as the crisis and long-term impacts continue to unfold, we will continue to work with the Advisory Group to assess and evolve our funding strategies.
  • We are not able to fund individuals or businesses directly, labor unions, or other 501(c)(4), 501(c)(5), and 501(c)(6) organizations.

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