About the COVID-19 Response Fund

The Community Foundation of Elkhart County and United Way of Elkhart and LaGrange Counties are partnering to establish a COVID-19 Community Response Fund to meet the needs of our community.


The fund will support nonprofit and other community organizations engaging in immediate basic needs relief, short-term response and longer-term recovery in Elkhart County impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency.

How to Apply

A Single Application

A single application will be reviewed by a team from both organizations and you’ll get a single, direct response after review. During Phase One, priority will be given to community-based organizations providing basic needs services to people who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from this crisis. As the situation evolves, so will the grantmaking so that the fund remains flexible and responsive.

Focus areas include:

  • Childcare for healthcare workers and first responders
  • Food security
  • Support for those most at-risk, including children birth to age 8 and the elderly
  • Community advocacy

Grant Eligibility

Based upon the charitable structure of the COVID-19 Community Response Fund, grants are limited to 501c3 nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools and other public entities. We are not able to fund individuals or businesses directly, labor unions, or other 501c4, 501c5, and 501c6 organizations. Aid to individuals will be handled through nonprofit organizations in our region with established processes for determining need.

(Child care programs are encouraged to apply for FSSA grants to cover lost income. More info and FSSA grant application here. Programs serving children of essential workers are encouraged to apply for funding below.)

Granting Approach
The Community Foundation and United Way, in consultation and partnership with other community entities, will administer grants from the fund in phases to help address immediate needs and short-term and longer-term impacts of the outbreak and recovery.

How to Donate

How to support the COVID-19 Community Response Fund:

The Community Foundation and United Way are waiving all credit card and administrative fees for this fund.

Give Online

Please use our Give Online donations page to make a gift. You may select a one-time gift or a recurring monthly gift. Access the giving portal here: https://www.unitedwayec.org/COVID-19

Give by Check

Please make checks payable to “United Way/COVID-19.”
Mail to: United Way COVID-19 Fund, PO Box 3048, Elkhart, IN 46515

To give in other ways (other funds, stocks, etc.)

Please e-mail Jodi Spataro or Carrie Berghoff at the Community Foundation.

Contribute to the United Against Hunger Drive-Thru Food Drive


Helpful Resources to Navigate COVID-19

If you are an individual in need of assistance:

United Way “2-1-1 is a hotline with local resource navigators that are the best way to find local resources. You can call 2-1-1 or visit the Indiana page on COVID-19.

If you are a business owner needing assistance:

Indiana Small Business Grants | For small businesses up to $7M in revenue/500 employees - If you know of an entrepreneur or small business that has been or anticipates being impacted by the coronavirus, they can apply for a loan at grant at this site.

COVID-19 Resources | Indiana Small Business Development Center

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | CDC