WFM Awards $64,997 in Second Round of Rapid Response Grants

June 12, 2020 - General News, Grants, Homepage News - Posted by

The Foundation awarded $55,000 in Rapid Response Awards in April bringing our total investment to $119,997 since the pandemic began. The funds will be used for critical needs like food, personal hygiene products and protective gear, technology, and direct financial assistance.

The Women’s Foundation of Mississippi, a public grantmaking foundation focused on improving conditions for women and girls across the state, announced rapid response grant awards totaling $64,997 for seventeen 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. Not only are more women getting the virus more than men in Mississippi, but they are facing the brunt of the economic burden caused COVID-19 as well. These funds are available for immediate use by the granted organizations and will help them continue serving their communities.

Executive Director Tracy DeVries stated: “The Women’s Foundation of Mississippi is grateful to the donors who supported our efforts and quickly responded with us to the very real and immediate needs of women and girls in our state during this time of crisis. We must continue to support Mississippi’s women and girls so that families and communities can be sustained now – and in the months to come.”

The organizations and needs the grants will support include:

The mission of the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi is economic security for women.  Learn more about the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi by visiting our website at

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