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$150 Million in Coronavirus Relief Funds to be Awarded to Tennessee Nonprofits

Community Impact, Nonprofit Leadership, Revenue Development

August 3, 2020

CNM is pleased to announce that applications for the Tennessee Community CARES Program are now open. The program, which includes $150 million in Coronavirus relief funds for Tennessee nonprofits, allows applicants to apply for relief for “expenses occurring from March 1, 2020 through November 15, 2020 and related to the COVID-19 pandemic.” Grant applicants can apply through the uniform application portal now through August 15. View the full program description, application, requirements, and frequently asked questions here.

Grants will be administered by partner nonprofit organizations who will serve as grant administrators. Grant administrators will handle outreach, marketing, and reporting of funds. They will also receive the grant applications, approve them, and monitor spending of approved programs.

Organizations serving as grant administrators in the Middle Tennessee area include United Way of Greater Nashville and Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. You can view a list of administrators here. Please note that CNM is not serving as a grant administrator.

Want more information about the grant application process? Attend an upcoming informational session about the program.
August 4, 2020 10:00 AM CDT  Informational Session
August 6, 2020 2:00 PM CDT Informational Session

All other questions should be directed to TN.CommunityCares@tn.gov.


July 27, 2020

If you’re a Tennessee nonprofit providing coronavirus-related services and support for community members and vulnerable populations, you could be eligible to receive Coronavirus Relief Funds from the state of Tennessee beginning in August.

On Tuesday, Governor Bill Lee and the Financial Stimulus Accountability Group announced $150 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds will be made available to Tennessee nonprofits who serve populations within the state. These funds are intended to assist the ongoing work of nonprofits to address the health and economic impacts of COVID-19.

A press release on Tuesday from the Governor’s office detailed all of the information currently available about the grant program. “For non-profits wishing to receive response and recovery grants to provide direct services, instructions for grant proposals will be issued by the Department of Human Services and its partner non-profit grant administrators on August 1, 2020. Grant applications will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis with monthly reporting requirements and a de-obligation date of November 15.” Read the full press release here.