COVID-19 Relief Fund Grant Guidelines

ABOUT
The Mecklenburg Bar Foundation (MBF) established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help those affected by the impact of the Coronavirus in Mecklenburg County. The COVID-19 Relief Fund will address the immediate and longer-term needs of Mecklenburg County’s most vulnerable residents who have been impacted by the Coronavirus. Government officials and businesses are taking sweeping measures to halt the spread of the virus by closing schools, delaying travel, cancelling events and having people work remotely. These challenges have the potential to disrupt our lives physically, socially and economically. We are concerned about community health, and the potential for working families to face economic hardship and food insecurity in the months ahead.


GRANT CRITERIA
The MBF will consider grant requests to:
• Assist nonprofits serving vulnerable populations with basic needs (food, housing, living expenses, transportation costs, direct support, etc.) related to job layoffs and/or financial need.
• Assist nonprofit organizations with program support and related impacts due to quarantines and physical distancing,
• Fund programming to address the related-mental health impact.

Grants are expected to range between $2,500 to $15,000 and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and public agencies are eligible to apply for additional funds as needs arise. Requests will be reviewed by the MBF Grant Review Committee and, if recommended, by the full MBF board with grants awarded as quickly as possible.

SELECTING GRANTS
The MBF will award operating grants on an ongoing basis to nonprofit organizations and public agencies whose operations in support of vulnerable populations and those affected by the pandemic have been stressed by the outbreak. We expect the needs generated by this pandemic will exceed the available funds.

GRANT AWARDS
We expect grants to range in size from $2,500 to $15,000. Organizations may apply for more than one grant during the calendar year, as this fund is intended to be responsive to the ongoing needs of the community.

Eligibility:
• Grants are open to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and other public agencies serving Mecklenburg County residents.
• Businesses and individuals are not eligible at this time, however grants to nonprofit organizations that provide direct financial assistance to individuals can be awarded.
• Fiscally sponsored groups are not eligible at this time.

Exclusions:
• Activities that are non-secular or promote a religious doctrine
• Academic or medical research
• Funding to schools and public agencies that would supplant tax-supported, mandated services
• Annual fundraising campaigns or events, including budget shortfalls due to cancelled/postponed fundraising events
• Creation of, or addition to, endowment funds
• Payment of debt or legal settlements
• Political or partisan purposes

MBF does not support organizations that discriminate in their employment practices, volunteer opportunities, or delivery of programs and services on the basis of race, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristics protected by law.

SUBMITTING A GRANT PROPOSAL
COVID-19 Relief Fund grant applications can be submitted at any time while funds are available. Grantmaking decisions will be made as soon as possible after applications are received.

EVALUATION
Organizations that are awarded a COVID-19 Relief Fund grant are encouraged to stay in close contact with the MBF on the progress of their efforts and emerging needs.

For questions regarding COVID-19 Relief Fund grants, please contact Leah Campbell, MCB & MBF Executive Director at mbfgrants@meckbar.org if you have any questions.

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