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Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund - Phase 2 Direct Service Operational Support

Community Foundation of Greater Memphis

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Deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Social Justice / Human Rights Community Development & Revitalization Youth Development & Leadership

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, General Operating Expense

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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NOTE: Deadlines are based on which program you apply for.

Phase 2 Grants

As the longer-term consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak have spread throughout our region, its economic impact is being particularly hard felt by nonprofits. Many are having to exponentially increase services while dealing with unexpected, significant decreases of projected revenue. These nonprofits have also had to adapt their business models, programming, and other services in accordance with public health recommendations. Knowing entrenched disparities were present long before the outbreak, we wish to strengthen the organizations that are dedicated to lessening the burden of those inequalities.

In its second phase of funding, running July to September 2020, the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund is awarding grants to stabilize nonprofit organizations that are directly responding to the significant consequences of, and disparities exacerbated by, this public health crisis.

Direct Service Operational Support

In Phase 2, we are sponsoring participation for nonprofits in three programs in the areas of fundraising, human resources, and risk management - areas of nonprofit operations identified as critical amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. These opportunities are for Mid-South nonprofits seeking to strengthen or rebuild their infrastructure, with a focus on grassroots organizations. Interested organizations must apply for each program, and selected nonprofits will participate free of charge. Read more about each program below, and scroll to the bottom for details on how to apply. 

FUNDRAISING: Network for Good’s Jumpstart program

To increase up to 15 organizations’ fundraising outcomes by complementing dynamic donor management software with personal coaching and professional services through an immersive, yearlong learning cohort. The program will provide extra capacity to address fundraising challenges caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. As a first step in emphasizing the historical funding bias against organizations led by people of color, this opportunity is available exclusively to organizations led by an executive director/CEO of color. 

Learn more about the Jumpstart program here

HUMAN RESOURCES: HRO NOW Essentials program

For one year of unlimited on-demand human resources support with an HR generalist for up to 15 organizations. The program will provide expertise to address deficiencies in HR policies and procedures that have been uncovered or emphasized during the COVID-19 outbreak. This opportunity is available to organizations that currently have, or anticipate having, 10-20 employees within the next twelve months. 

Learn more about the HRO NOW Essentials program here

RISK MANAGEMENT: Risk Alternatives program

To facilitate three learning cohorts of up to 10 organizations each that will assess each organization’s risk management practices and then guide the development of a continuity plan for each organization. The three cohorts will be as follows:

  • Community development corporations (presented in cooperation with BLDG Memphis and Community LIFT)
  • Social justice organizations
  • Youth development organizations

These three focus areas were identified as important catalysts to address longstanding inequities in the Mid-South that have been further exacerbated by the COVID-19 outbreak. Investing in risk management practices will help ensure organizations in these focus areas can sustain their important work. Priority will be given to organizations that have executive directors/CEOs who have been in place for two or less years. 

Learn more about the Risk Alternatives program here

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


  • For consideration for both Direct Service Support and Operating Support, eligible organizations must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency operating in West Tennessee, northern Mississippi, and/or eastern Arkansas who are permitted by the Tennessee Secretary of State to solicit funds.


This page was last reviewed August 09, 2020 and last updated July 15, 2020