In late July 2020, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced that $150 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds would be made available to Tennessee non-profits to assist in their ongoing efforts to fight the health and economic threat of COVID-19 in our communities. While our non-profits are on the front lines of this fight, they are seeing their resources dwindle as COVID-19 health concerns have shuttered their revenue producing programs, and COVID-19 economic impacts have put a strain on donor basis and foundation investment portfolios.

The Tennessee Community CARES Program is intended to provide much needed support to non-profits and communities across Tennessee in this great time of need. The program will prioritize and look to fund coronavirus-related services for education, economic support, or any other expenses associated with the pandemic, such as additional payroll costs or the cost of personal protective equipment. For a more complete and detailed list, please refer to the Tennessee Department of Human Services website: https://tncaresact.tn.gov/dhs.

Applications for this program are now open and will remain open until August 15, 2020. If all funds are not granted in the first round, they will open a second application window from September 1, 2020 through September 15, 2020.

As non-profits start looking into submitting their applications, the following are a few things to keep in mind:

  • These funds are available to all Tennessee non-profits that are registered as a 501c3 organization, and your IRS determination letter will need to be submitted with your application.
  • These grants will cover any eligible expenses incurred from March 1, 2020 to November 15, 2020.
  • Non-profits should submit support for expenditures as incurred, but at a minimum on a monthly basis. This submission will include reports on funds expended, a narrative on the progress of the programs, and any necessary supporting documents.

Please reach out to an HHM professional for further information.