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SCCF's Community Response to COVID-19

Updated: 4 days ago

Newly Signed Federal CARES Act Provides Paycheck Protection for Nonprofits and Small Businesses

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the CARES Act provides $349 billion for a small business paycheck protection program - this assistance is in the form of forgivable loans, which are also available to nonprofit organizations.

Applications must be submitted through a bank or lender. A sample application that provides all the information needed for a paycheck protection loan can be found in the links below. Again, all applications must originate with a bank - call your lender NOW if your business or nonprofit organization can benefit from participation in this program designed to help businesses survive these difficult times.

Nonprofit organizations on the South Cumberland Plateau are encouraged to contact Ed Simmons at Mountain T.O.P. with questions about the application process. Email Ed at

Click here for information about this government program:

Click here to access information specific to nonprofit benefits:

SCCF Announces Emergency Grant to

Grundy Emergency Management Agency

As SCCF is committed to being responsive to the needs of the community across the South Cumberland Plateau, we are pleased to announce a board-directed grant to Grundy County Emergency Management Agency for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This emergency board-directed grant of $10,000 will immediately fund acquisition of PPE for first responders on the Plateau in support of COVID-19 efforts - ambulance services, fire fighters, and law enforcement.

Jeff Sholey, SCCF grants committee chair, expressed his gratitude to the SCCF board for approving this grant: "I extend my dearest thanks to the board for this emergency grant. I carry absolute pride in being part of a group that is trying to be proactive in this time of need."

SCCF Revises 2020 Spring Grants Cycle Policy

In this difficult time SCCF is evaluating challenges that the Plateau community and nonprofit organizations might be facing. As a result, SCCF is extending its grant application deadline to April 17th. As a

one-time concession, SCCF's nonprofit partners may choose to submit an original proposal or resubmit a grant application that requests funding for emergency needs and/or for operational expenses. Each organization is still restricted to one proposal.

If an organization has already submitted a grant application, but would like to re-submit in light of this new information, please notify SCCF by emailing

Please note that, as always, this opportunity is only available to organizations that attended one of SCCF’s grants information sessions held in late February and early March.

Thank you for your partnership and we look forward to reading your proposals.