Nonprofit organizations in Tennessee will receive $150 million in additional funding as part of a new coronavirus relief package announced this week.
The funding is part of the Tennessee Community CARES Program designed to assist ongoing efforts to address the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
On August 1, the Department of Human Services and grant administrators will release application instructions for organizations that would like to receive grants. Grant applications will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis with monthly reporting requirement and a de-obligation date of November 15.
Details are available on the State of Tennessee website.
Examples of activities prioritized and encouraged for funding under this program will include:
- Support for school-aged children and families related to education needs created or exacerbated by the COVID-19 outbreak
- Any of the following activities for individuals or families who have been impacted by a loss of income or economic insecurity as a result of COVID-19:
- Workforce training
- Emergency food assistance
- Case management or assistance in accessing an eligible state or federal public benefit
- Care for at-risk or vulnerable populations to mitigate COVID-19 effects and/or enable compliance with COVID-19 public health precautions
- Emergency financial assistance to prevent homelessness, eviction, or foreclosure
- Other similar services designed to mitigate the negative health or economic impact of the COVID-19 public health emergency
- Providing uncompensated care or assistance for disabled or other vulnerable population to address new financial, health, or educational challenges that are in response to COVID-19
- Public health support activities such as uncompensated or unreimbursed costs for services or activities dedicated to mitigating or responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency
- Any other nonprofit support provided to Tennessee business entities such as:
- Technical assistance and support in enrolling and participating in a federal, state, or local benefit program
- Education on safe practices in response to COVID-19
- Acquisition or purchase of personal protective equipment or reimbursing costs associated with mitigating the spread of COVID-19
- Expenses related to mitigating the spread of COVID-19
- Reimbursement of unreimbursed expenses incurred by a nonprofit due to the COVID-19 emergency, including but not limited to increased payroll costs, PPE, or any other measures taken to protect the employees and population served by the nonprofit
- Support targeted for any at-risk, vulnerable, or underserved community for any eligible activity
- Past and future reimbursement for the required Non-Federal Cost-Share of Stafford Act assistance for COVID-19-related costs that satisfy the CRF eligibility criteria and the FEMA Public Assistance eligibility criteria
- Reimbursement for any of the eligible costs incurred in the period from March 1 to December 30
If you have questions about how these funds could affect your organization, reach out to a professional with Kraft’s nonprofit industry team.