Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund

Community Foundation of Greater Memphis

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

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: In order to move resources quickly, we are not hosting a formal application process for the Fund at this time. If you are a 501(c)(3), please fill out this survey to give us an understanding of what you are seeing in the community.

Want to support those in our community affected by the coronavirus public health crisis? Donate to the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund. Your dollars—granted to area nonprofits—will go towards immediate relief, recovery, and resiliency efforts.

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

In order to move resources quickly and not further burden organizations on the frontlines of the pandemic, we are not hosting a formal application process at this time. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in subsequent funding phases. 

The Community Foundation administers 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. An Advisory Committee proactively identifies potential grant recipients, solicits guidance on potential recipients from community advisors, and recommends final awards

What Kind of Relief are you Funding? 

In the near-term, operating grants will fund organizations that have deep roots within priority populations, such as:

  • The elderly and other high-risk populations who are experiencing a COVID-19 impact, whether they are living at home or in group settings;
  • Low-income families experiencing short term financial crises related to COVID-19;
  • Residents who are food insecure;
  • Residents who are housing insecure;
  • Residents who have no medical insurance or who are underinsured;
  • Residents who will experience a loss in household income due to interruptions in work and lack access to sick days;
  • Residents who are quarantined, either voluntarily or by the directive of a medical professional or the Shelby County Health Department, and who may not have sufficient support from their families and friends;
  • Residents who face extraordinary childcare challenges as a result of school or daycare closures; and
  • Immigrants and communities of color.

The first phase of these rapid-response grants will address:

  • The economic impact of reduced and lost work due to the novel coronavirus outbreak;
  • Immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations caused by closures and cancellations related to COVID-19;
  • Increased demand for medical information and support; and
  • Fear and confusion about the outbreak among the region’s most vulnerable residents.

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.