The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment has announced the launch of a $20 million fund aimed at helping Indiana-based youth-serving organizations facing challenges related to COVID-19.
The Youth Program Resilience Fund (YPRF) will work to help youth-serving organizations with COVID-related expenses, including the purchase of sanitation supplies, personal protective equipment, and materials used to promote social distancing; modest site modifications enabling the safe delivery of programs and services; and costs related to upgrading technology, adding staff, and engaging consultants. The endowment has a special interest in organizations serving youth, low-income families, communities of color, and immigrant populations disproportionally impacted by the virus, as well as those working to address other challenges with potential to adversely impact the healthy development of youth.
To date, the endowment has committed more than $156 million to organizations in Indiana and elsewhere in support of COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts.
"Indiana's youth-serving organizations are critical to the development and well-being of our young people, who need safe places to stay, play, learn, and socialize and caring people to attend to those needs, especially in these challenging times" said Ted Maple, the endowment's vice president for education. "We hope that this fund will help to strengthen and stabilize many of these organizations for the benefit of the youth they serve and also for their parents who need assurance that their youth are well cared for as they return to more normal working conditions when the pandemic restrictions lessen."
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