The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment has announced grants totaling $33.5 million in support of COVID-19 response efforts in Indiana.
The funding includes grants of $30 million to Indiana United Ways and $3.5 million to United Way of Central Indiana. IUW plans to distribute the funds through its statewide network of more than fifty local United Ways and United Funds, as well as community foundations, to address emergency needs in the eighty-six counties not served by UWCI, with funds to be allocated for each of the counties on a per-capita basis.
The grant to UWCI will be used to help meet human service needs in the five counties it serves — Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, and Morgan — beyond Marion County. In March, the foundation awarded $15 million to UWCI to help launch the Central Indiana COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund (C-CERF), which has received additional contributions from the Central Indiana Community Foundation, Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, and Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. Because a substantial portion of C-CERF funds may be needed to address needs in Marion County — the site of nearly half the state's confirmed coronavirus cases — the new grant will be targeted to nonprofits working in the other five counties served by UWCI.
"The needs in Marion County are growing dramatically each day," said Ronni Kloth, the endowment's vice president for community development. "With this grant, we want to make sure that the other counties United Way of Central Indiana serves have additional resources to meet their own rapidly growing needs."
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