The Ally: October 2020 – Mike Ward

Mike Ward
MS Alliance


As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, the State of Mississippi has recently implemented The Community Foundations COVID-19 Grant Program.

Administered by the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA), the seven Mississippi community foundations that comprise the Alliance’s Community Foundation Network are tasked with providing a total of $8 million in grants to Mississippi’s nonprofits and food pantries.  Grants of up to $4,000.00 are available to reimburse eligible nonprofit entities and food pantries for pandemic-related expenses incurred from March 1, 2020, through December 30, 2020. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Each application will be reviewed by the community foundation serving the county where a nonprofit entity or food pantry’s primary office is located.

The Alliance’s Community Foundation Network has created an online application portal,, through which all applications must be submitted.  Additional information about eligible grantees and eligible expenditures is available through this portal.  Applicants must create an account, complete an eligibility quiz and file requests for reimbursement by 5:00 p.m. on December 15, 2020.  In general, only one application per organization is allowed. Nonprofits operating multiple programs that include a food pantry or organizations operating multiple food pantries that serve different geographic areas and populations may be able to file more than one application.

For more information, see, or contact the community foundation serving the county in which your organization is located.