Lilly Endowment awards $17 million for COVID-19 relief

Lilly Endowment awards $17 million for COVID-19 relief

The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment has announced grants totaling $17.2 million to thirty-eight organizations working to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Indiana's Marion County.

The funding will support nonprofits in four categories — community and multi-service centers that provide comprehensive social services to individuals and families ($10.5 million); organizations that serve individuals experiencing homelessness and survivors of domestic violence and their families ($2.75 million); African-American churches and grassroots organizations working to help vulnerable African-American residents in high-poverty neighborhoods with their basic needs ($475,000); and food banks working to address food insecurity ($3.5 million).

Recipients of grants include John Boner Neighborhood Centers ($1.75 million), Edna Martin Christian Center ($1 million), Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center ($725,000); Wheeler Mission Ministries ($500,000), the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention of Greater Indianapolis ($400,000), Families First Indiana ($250,000); Light of the World Christian Church ($75,000), Eastern Star Church/Eastern Star Jewel Human Services Corporation ($75,000), New Direction Baptist Church ($75,000); Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana ($2.5 million), and the Midwest Food Bank – Indiana Division ($1 million).

"As our community enters winter, COVID-19-related economic realities and other challenges continue to mount. The next few months are going to be profoundly difficult for many vulnerable people and for the organizations that work tirelessly to serve them," said Lilly Endowment vice president for community development Ronni Kloth. "We are pleased to support the efforts of these essential organizations to help more people in need."

(Photo credit: Families First Indiana)