Lilly Endowment awards $16 million for COVID-19 relief in Indiana

Lilly Endowment awards $16 million for COVID-19 relief in Indiana

The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment has announced grants totaling $16.75 million in support of efforts to address the ongoing economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic across Indiana.

Awards include $15 million to Indiana United Ways (IUW), which will distribute the funds through its statewide network of United Ways to meet community needs, and $1.75 million to United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI), which will use the funds to address local needs in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, and Morgan counties. The latest grants are in addition to the $30 million the endowment awarded to IUW and the $3.5 million it awarded to UWCI last April. Since March, the foundation has allocated more than $226 million in support of pandemic response efforts.

"One year into the pandemic, the effects of the crisis continue to reverberate in every community across Indiana," said Lilly Endowment vice president for community development Ronni Kloth. "Even as the availability of vaccines is helping people imagine life after the pandemic, it is clear that the economic impact on many individuals and families and on organizations that serve them is far from over."

(Photo credit: Indiana United Ways)