WFM Awards $55K in Rapid Response Grants
April 30, 2020 - General News, Grants, Homepage News - Posted by Women's Foundation Team
Women’s Foundation of Mississippi awards $55,000 in rapid response grants to organizations directly serving the state’s women and families in wake of the covid-19 pandemic – The funds will be used for critical needs like food, personal hygiene products, medical equipment and protective gear, technology, and mental health services.
April 30, 2020 – The Women’s Foundation of Mississippi, a public grant making foundation focused on improving conditions for women and girls across the state, announced rapid response grant awards totaling $55,000 for eleven Mississippi-based nonprofit agencies and programs directly serving some of our state’s most vulnerable women and families in wake of the public health crisis caused by COVID-19. Awards will support organizations across the state that serve women and families, many at or below the poverty level who are already struggling, and find themselves even more severely impacted now. We know that this public health crisis is disproportionately affecting women and people of color. Many Mississippi women work in job sectors that are being hit the hardest by COVID-19: healthcare, retail, food services, social services, and education. These funds are available for immediate use by the granted organizations and will help them continue serving their communities.
The organizations and needs the grants will support include:
- Cary Christian Center; Cary, MS – funding for personal protective equipment, hygiene items, at-home visits for expecting moms, food supplies
- Coahoma Community College; Clarksdale, MS – women’s emergency funding to cover individual, critical needs to support female students at risk of dropping out
- East Mississippi Community College; Scooba, MS – funding for a drive-through food pantry and an on-campus pantry including food and personal hygiene items
- Hinds Community College; Raymond, MS – funding for the SingleStop center that provides wrap-around services to at-risk students; technology needs
- Jones College; Ellisville, MS – women’s emergency funding to cover individual, critical needs to support female students at risk of dropping out
- Magnolia Medical Foundation; Natchez, MS – funding for mental health counseling for women in the Natchez Housing Authority; food and hygiene supplies
- The Lighthouse: Black Girl Projects; Jackson, MS – funding for mental health counseling for college-aged women; care packages
- Spring Initiative; Clarksdale, MS – funding to support direct assistance to families for rent, utilities, and other critical needs
- Teen Health Mississippi; Jackson, MS – funding to support the Teen Safety and Emergency Fund; delivery of personal care kits for teenagers throughout state
- Tutwiler Community Education Center; Tutwiler, MS – funding to support the local manufacturing of personal protective equipment and medical gear including masks; food supplies
- Mississippi Low-Income Childcare Initiative (MLICCI); Biloxi, MS – funding to support critical needs for childcare centers.