Established in 2000, the fund works to improve the delivery of human service programs in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion, and Morgan counties by supporting construction and renovation projects at UWCI-funded agencies and community collaborations in the region. The grant includes $2 million for United Way's Kids Need Quality Initiative, which invests in helping child care providers meet basic health and safety standards once they have committed to using the state's Paths to Quality system.
With the grant, which is in addition to the Lilly Endowment's support of the United Way's annual campaign, the endowment has committed $137.5 million to the fund.
"United Way of Central Indiana and the agencies and organizations it supports are at the heart of our community’s efforts to be more humane and caring," said Lilly Endowment vice president for community development Ace Yakey. "We have been very pleased with United Way's administration of the funds it has received for capital projects and recognize that there are still many unmet capital needs. We hope that Lilly Endowment's grant will help sustain and enhance efforts to improve human services facilities and programs."