Jackson Water Crisis – Nonprofit Rapid Response Mini-Grant

Nonprofit Rapid Response Mini-Grant

This grant program is a reimbursement program for 501c3 nonprofits residing in the Jackson area who have been directly affected by the Jackson Water Crisis. Grants will reimburse expenses related to the water crisis, which began July 29, 2022, for increased demand for or increased supply of drinkable water. Expenses should be unplanned, un-budgeted expenses (related to water needs) related to charitable service by nonprofits from July 29 – September 15, 2022. Reimbursements may range from $200-$2,000.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, October 12, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Awards will be announced in early November.

A frequently asked questions page has been created to help ease the process. Please refer to this page to help assist you as your complete your application.

For technical assistance, contact Melody Moody Thortis, Director of Strategic Impact, at melody@formississippi.org.

Eligible organizations and expenses:

• All eligible nonprofits must be based in the City of Jackson or served by the Jackson municipal water system, including Byram, who were affected by the boil water notice and subsequent system failure.

• Reimbursements must replace past expenditures and past expenses should NOT have been paid by another grant source

• Grant awards should be targeted to needs expended related to the Jackson water crisis.

Applicants will be asked about their additional needs and solutions related to the water crisis however, this round of funding is only related to water and ice-specific needs. Eligible reimbursements include documented ice and water expenses. For additional questions and clarifications, please view our frequently asked questions page.

This grant will:

  • Require documentation of payment. This will include itemized receipts to cover expenditures made from July 29 – September 15, 2022.

This Grant will NOT:

  • Cover expenditures that you have already been reimbursed for (from this funding or others)
  • Reimburse for donations or mini-grants provided to other organizations
  • Reimburse purchases in excess of reasonable in quantity, quality, or outside of eligible expenses.

For additional questions, please refer to our frequently asked questions page.

Rapid Response Mini-Grant Application

About Your Organization

Contact Name(Required)
Do you serve Jackson residents?(Required)
Are your expenses related to the Jackson water crisis?(Required)
Does your organization serve any of the following underserved groups?(Required)
Is your organization led by* people of color? (*Led by = majority staff or board)(Required)
Has your organization received prior funding from the Community Foundation for Mississippi?(Required)


Do you have clear receipts for your water crisis related purchases ready to upload?(Required)
Copies of receipts for ice and/or water between the dates of July 29 - September 15, 2022. Receipts for reimbursement must clearly exhibit the place of purchase and the item purchased (ice, water). If you are unable to provide itemized receipts, please refer to our FAQ page (linked at the top of the page) for additional methods of payment accepted. Copies of receipts must be saved as one document.
Accepted file types: pdfs, jpg, png, Max. file size: 256 MB.
Upload proof of 501c3 letter from IRS (not Secretary of State)
Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 256 MB.
Were these typical expenses for your organization?(Required)
Do you have ongoing or other immediate needs related to the water crisis or boiled water notices?(Required)
Do you currently have a formal or informal disaster preparedness plan? (For example, does your organization have a plan in place for future disasters such as boiled water, hurricanes, pandemic, etc.?)(Required)
Are you interested in leading or attending trainings regarding disaster preparedness? Or learning more about processes for lead prevention, water conservation, etc.?(Required)

Short Answer (Optional)

Agreement and Certification(Required)