Coronavirus relief is opening the door to grant funding for area nonprofits and food pantries.

A total of $4 million for nonprofit entities and another $4 million for food pantries is to be doled out through the state’s seven community foundations. That includes $1.6 million in Northeast Mississippi through the CREATE Foundation. The application process opened on Thursday.

“The grants can only be $4,000, so there is room for many nonprofits to receive help,” said Corinth-Alcorn United Way Executive Director Betsy Whitehurst.

The local United Way will have a role in reviewing applications as well as spreading the word about the opportunity.

Eligible groups may be reimbursed for certain expenditures incurred between March 1 and December 30 of this year.

The eligible expenses are: creating social distancing measures, cleaning or disinfecting due to COVID-19, personal protective equipment, COVID-19 testing, COVID-19 screenings, technical assistance concerning mitigation of COVID-19 related threats, contactless equipment, expenses for quarantining individuals, equipment or items designed to track positive COVID-19 cases, reopening expenses to address COVID-19 issues, facilitating tele-working, facilitating distance learning, additional food delivery, care for homeless populations, prevention of evictions or foreclosure to prevent homelessness, grants to individuals or households who have been directly impacted by loss of income, and expenses due to the interruption of the nonprofit’s business, including mortgage interest, rent, payroll or utilities.

The application deadline is Jan. 15.

Applications for the Community Foundations COVID-19 grants must be completed online at mscaresgrant.com.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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