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.
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.
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.
Grants will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in subsequent granting phases. Grants from the fund will be recommended by an advisory committee, consisting of representatives from the Community Foundation and United Way, and approved by the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Recipients of grants will be asked to submit a brief summary of how the grant dollars were used related to the crisis relief, response or recovery efforts.
The Community Foundation and United Way are waiving all credit card and administrative fees for this fund.
Please make checks payable to “United Way/COVID-19.”
Mail to: United Way COVID-19 Fund, PO Box 3048, Elkhart, IN 46515
Make grants payable to the Community Foundation of Elkhart County designated for the COVID-19 Community Response Fund.
Make distributions payable to the Community Foundation of Elkhart County designated for the COVID-19 Community Response Fund.
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. https://in211.communityos.org/COVID-19
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Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | CDC – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html
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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, please ask them to complete this form: https://isbdc.org/indianacovid19smallbusiness/
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Fundraising During the Corona Outbreak: Answers to 5 Pressing Questions – The Chronicle of Philanthropy – https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Fundraising-During-the-Corona/248280
Making Working at Home Work for Everyone – The Chronicle of Philanthropy – https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Making-Working-at-Home-Work/155009
How to Lead Your Team Through a Stressful Time – The Chronicle of Philanthropy – https://www.philanthropy.com/article/How-to-Lead-Your-Team-Through/239551
Nonprofit HR Coronavirus Digital Information Portal | Nonprofit HR – https://www.nonprofithr.com/covid19/
Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan Template – https://thecommunity.nonprofitnewyork.org/s/article/Business-Continuity-and-Disaster-Recovery-Plan-Template
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