(BEDFORD) – United Way of South Central Indiana is pleased to announce that it has been approved to receive a $450,000 COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative Grant, made possible through a partnership between Lilly Endowment, Inc. and Indiana United Ways, the state professional association of which United Way of South Central Indiana is a member.
UWSCI, the Community Foundation Partnership Inc., and the Orange County Community Foundation have formed the Tri-County COVID Relief and Recovery Partnership for COVID Relief and Recovery, which will serve Lawrence, Martin, and Orange Counties. These special funds will be used to boost the efforts of selected area human and social service nonprofits on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the tri-county area.
“United Way of South Central Indiana is delighted to be a key convener and coordinator of our community’s response to meet human needs for this COVID crisis. Without a robust local nonprofit safety net, those needs are bound to become even direr. 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,” said Kim Burgess, Executive Director, United Way of South Central Indiana.
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, and to ensure COVID-19 grants reach our most vulnerable populations quickly.
Tri-County COVID Relief and Recovery Partnership will begin accepting funding requests beginning May 29, 2020, from area human and social service nonprofits in good standing. The page on our website titled, “Tri-County COVID Relief and Recovery Partnership”, will go live on that date with links for applications for funding. Interested organizations should consult the United Way of South Central Indiana’s website for guidance on funding intent and application instructions.