Additional COVID-19 relief coming to United Way of South Central Indiana

BEDFORD – United Way of South Central Indiana is pleased to announce that it has received a second COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative grant for $219,454. from Indiana United Ways, the state professional association of which United Way of South Central Indiana is a member.

The grant will be used to support our community in meeting basic human needs brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kim Burgess

The grant is one of 47 grants that Indiana United Ways is making to member organizations and community foundations through the initiative, which was made possible by funding Indiana United Ways received from Lilly Endowment Inc.

United Way of South Central Indiana has been a key convener and coordinator of our
community’s response to meet human needs for decades. In the wake of COVID, those needs became direr.

“Thanks to the generous, continued support of Lilly Endowment to our State Association, we can continue to help our community, through nonprofit partners, deal with and hopefully resolve the impacts of this trying time,” said Kim Burgess, Executive Director, United Way of South Central Indiana.

The second COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative grant again calls for United Ways that receive funding to leverage partnerships and relationships to better meet COVID-related basic needs aligned with the social determinants of health as defined by the CDC. United Way of South Central Indiana has begun to distribute funds to area human and social service nonprofits.

In April 2020, Lilly Endowment helped Indiana United Ways establish the COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative with an initial $30 million grant. Lilly Endowment made an additional $15 million grant in March to Indiana United Ways to support the initiative. Both grants are part of Lilly Endowment’s overall grantmaking to help organizations meet COVID-related needs. Since March 2020, Lilly Endowment has made grants totaling more than $210 million to
organizations working in Indiana and across the nation as they respond to the pandemic.

United Way of South Central Indiana works to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of
our community to advance the common good. Visit our website at For
more information, contact Audrey Dalton, UWSCI Marketing Director at

Indiana United Ways is the state professional association for United Ways in Indiana and supports a thriving United Way system through capacity building, shared services, and network collaboration opportunities. For more information, contact Tonja Stokes, Vice President of Organizational Development at

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly, Sr. and his sons, Eli and J.K. Jr., through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. Although the gifts of stock remain a financial bedrock of the Endowment, it is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff, and location. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education, and religion. The Endowment funds significant programs throughout the United States, especially in the field of religion. However, it maintains a special commitment to its founders’ hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.