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United Way is now a grant administrator for CARES Act funds

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Posted at 11:08 AM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-11 12:08:14-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — State and local CARES Act funding will now be administered through United Way of Greater Nashville.

United Way was selected by the state of Tennessee as a grant administrator for the TN Community CARES Act program through COVID-19 relief efforts. The city of Nashville also selected United Way as a grant administrator for Metro’s Nashville’s CARES Act funding. As a grant administrator, United Way is responsible for monitoring the spending of approved programs and will decide allocation amounts and recipients.

The two funding programs are described below.

TN Community CARES Act Funding:

This grant ensures that nonprofit organizations can respond to the impacts of COVID-19 by providing:

  • Aid to individuals impacted by wage loss, including rent, mortgage, utility and food assistance.
  • Aid to organizations providing COVID-19 relief services, including prepared meals, mental health counseling, health care services, and access to supplies.
  • All 501(c)3 organizations in Tennessee are eligible to apply for grant funding. This is a reimbursement grant that will provide support to nonprofits that incurred expenses related to COVID since March 1 through November 15, 2020 that have not already been covered by another grant, donor or CARES funding. Applications are live at tncaresact.tn.gov/DHS and will close at 11:59 p.m. CST August 14, 2020. The earliest date an approval/denial decision will be made and communicated is August 17, 2020.
  • Additional organizations serving as grant administrators include: United Way of Greater Chattanooga; United Way of Greater Knoxville; United Way of the Mid-South; Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis; and Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.

Metro Nashville CARES Act Funding:

This grant ensures that nonprofit organizations can respond to the impacts of COVID-19 by providing:

  • Aid to individuals impacted by wage loss, including rent, mortgage and utilities assistance.
  • Agencies do not have to have a current or past relationship with United Way to qualify for this fund. United Way is working closely with an allocation committee to review applications weekly and ensure that the grants awarded meet the greatest needs, prioritizing communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
  • All 501(c)(3) organizations serving Davidson County residents that provide an emergency financial assistance program are eligible to apply for grant funding. Applications are live at nashvilleresponsefund.com.