United Way of Grant County will receive a $400,000 COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative Grant through a partnership between Lilly Endowment, Inc. and Indiana United Ways, the state professional association of which United Way of Grant County is a member.
The funds will be used to boost the efforts of local human and social service nonprofits on the frontlines of the pandemic.
“United Way of Grant County has been a key convener and coordinator of our community’s response to meet human needs for decades in partnership with Grant County Emergency Management and Grant County COAD,” said Brett Carey, Board Chair for United Way of Grant County. “Even before this crisis, we knew that 19% of families in Grant County were living in poverty and an additional 23% were not able to make ends meet – despite working. Without a robust local nonprofit safety net, those needs are bound to become even more dire. Thanks to generous support from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., we are now more strongly positioned to help our community’s nonprofits deal with the immediate impacts of Covid-19,”
The COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative Grant calls for United Ways that receive funding to leverage partnerships and relationships to better meet COVID-related essential and basic needs, which could include safe, emergency childcare, and to address other Covid-19 critical issues as they emerge.
United Way of Grant County plans to work with a committee of community leaders to address the mid and long-term impacts that COVID-19 has had on Grant County.
United Way of Grant County will initiate a Request for Funding Proposal and begin accepting funding requests from local human and social service nonprofits in good standing beginning May 18.
Interested organizations should consult United Way of Grant County’s website for guidance on funding intent and application instructions.