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CARES ACT: Tennessee Community CARES Program

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Tennessee Department of Human Services


    On July 21, 2020, Governor Bill Lee, in partnership with legislative representation on the Financial Stimulus Accountability Group will announce the launch of the Tennessee Community CARES Program, a new aid program that will provide $150 million in direct federally funded aid to non-profit organizations located in Tennessee and serving Tennesseans. This program will be funded by the Coronavirus Relief Fund, a fund created by Congress under the CARES Act to provide ready funding to State, territorial, local, and Tribal governments to address unforeseen financial needs and risks created by the COVID-19 public health emergency.

    The goal of the TN Community CARES Program is to provide funding to non-profits to allow them to respond to the impacts of COVID-19, specifically to be able to reach individuals that have lost wages and need financial, medical, housing, or food assistance, and to aid organizations in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 through providing access to supplies. These funds are not intended to provide financial stabilization for non-profits, but to provide funding to respond to the needs of the community.

    According to the CARES Act, these funds may only be used for costs that:

    • Are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19);
    • Were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020 (the date of enactment of the CARES Act) for the State or government; and
    • Were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020 and ends on December 30, 2020.

    Expenses should fall within one of the following categories:

    • Medical Expenses
    • Public Health Expenses
    • Payroll Expenses
    • Public Health Compliance Expenses
    • Economic Support Expenses
    • Other Reasonably Necessary Expenses

    History of Funding

    None is avaialable.

    Additional Information

    Activities that are not eligible for funding include:

    • Expenses that have been or will be reimbursed under any Federal Program, such as theFEMA Public Assistance program;
    • Reimbursement of donors for donated items or services, previously donated; this includes reimbursement for items purchased by the non-profit with funds specifically donated and designated for the response to COVID-19
    • Any expense not related to the current COVID-19 public health emergency;
    • Damages covered by insurance;
    • Workforce bonuses or severance pay;
    • General economic development or capital improvement projects that are not necessary expenditures due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
    • Any costs incurred prior to March 1, 2020.
    • •Any costs incurred after Dec 30, 2020.


    Cherrell Campbell-Street

    Cherrell Campbell-Street
    505 Deaderick Street
    Nashville, TN 37243

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are Tennessee non-profit organizations. The program will not be available to organizations that have received funding through other funding opportunities for the same program.

    Deadline Details

    Applications will be taken through TN CAMS and be distributed to Grant Administrators. Applications will be live from 9:00am CST on August 1, 2020 through midnight on August 15, 2020. If all funds are not depleted in the first round of applications, a second round of applications will be open from September 1, 2020 through September 15, 2020. During an open application period, applications can be found at

    Award Details

    Award amounts vary. Minimum award is $25,000. Priority will be given to grants that exceed $25,000 and all grants exceeding $1,000,000 will receive additional review by the Department of Human Services.

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