The Mississippi Legislature has extended through the end of 2021 the Mississippi CARES Grant Program created in 2020. The extension allows for additional COVID grant opportunities for all food pantries and previously unfunded non-profit organizations located in George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Pearl River and Stone Counties.
The Gulf Coast Community Foundation has approximately $630,000 for food panty grants. All local food panties with eligible Covid related expenses can apply for reimbursement. The previous $12,000 grant limit for food pantries has been eliminated.
The Gulf Coast Community Foundation has approximately $174,000 for non-profit organization grants. Only non-profit organizations who have not previously received $12,000 funding from the 2020 Mississippi CARES Grant Program are eligible to apply for reimbursement of COVID related expenses.
Eligible Grantees may be reimbursed for eligible COVID related expenditures incurred between March 1, 2020, and December 31, 2021. Funding is limited and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.
To learn more about the extended 2020 Mississippi CARES Grant Program or to apply online visit www.mscaresgrant.com. If you require additional assistance, please contact Lauren Williams directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can my food pantry apply even if I did not apply for the first round of CARES grant funding? Yes. If your organization meets the food pantry definition and has eligible COVID related expenditures with proper documentation.
Can I use my same log-in information if I applied previously for the first round of funding?
Yes. If you have forgotten your password, access the www.mscaresgrant.com website and reset your password.
Can I apply for the second round of funding even if I received funding the first round?
Yes, if the food pantry has additional eligible expenditures. Non-profit organizations are only eligible for a maximum of $12,000 in grants under the program. If you have not received the full amount, you are eligible to reapply.
Can I apply for the second round of funding if my application for the first round was not approved?
Yes. Please make sure you review the eligible expenditures list and have appropriate documentation.
If I started an application in the first round but never submitted it, may I submit it in this round?
Yes, the Mississippi CARES Grant Program extension has a new “process”. Simply copy and paste over the content from your original draft and complete a new application.