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.
(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.)
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.
|Elkhart Community Schools/Lifeline||Food||$1,000|
|The Crossing||eLearning Support||$15,000|
|Real Services||Elkhart County Meals on Wheels||$5,610|
|Ronald McDonald House||Evening Meals for Families||$1,150|
|Women’s Care Center||Emergency Assistance for Families||$6,000|
|Mosaic Health & Healing||Telemedicine and Telemental Health||$5,130|
|St Paul’s UMC/Saving Grace||Assist Elderly||$5,000|
|Church Community Services||Working Family Food||$5,000|
|Cultivate Culinary||Backpack Program||$12,000|
|The Window||Food Insecurity Mitigation||$9,790|
|ADEC||Sanitation kits and PPE||$7,000|
|Food pantries of Elkhart County||Food purchase from Meijer||$7,342|
|Feed the Children||Feed the Children Impact Project||$8,000|
|Faith Mission||Free Walk in Meals||$5,000|
|Center for Healing & Hope||Testing for Uninsured||$60,000|
|Real Services||Emergency Food||$24,000|
|Heart City Health||Childcare Cost Assistance||$5,871|
|First Mennonite Church of Middlebury||Middlebury Food Pantry||$10,000|
|Ryan’s Place||Complicated Grief Training||$1,740|
|Council on Aging||Transportation and In-Home Care||$10,000|
|Rose Garden Recovery Community||COVID relief funding||$1,000|
|Kymera Body Board||kn95 masks||$75,000|
|YWCA||Safe Haven Shelter Services||$5,185|
|Iglesia Bautista El Refugio||Time to Give||$5,750|
|New Beginnings Family Worship Center||Feeding the Total Man||$4,500|
|Bristol Community Food Pantry||Additional Food||$4,000|
|AIDS Ministries||Telehealth and Communications||$4,250|
|Church Community Services||Anonymous Donor Request||$100,000|
|Faith Mission||Anonymous Donor Request||$100,000|
|Guidance Ministries||Homeless Care Program||$2,951|
|Beacon Health Foundation||Free Mobile Unit Testing||$12,000|
|Middlebury Day Care||Childcare for Nurse||$525|
|Latinos Pro Education||Helping Families in Need||$7,350|
|Lacasa Inc.||211 Navigator||$17,680|
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
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.
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
To ask or not to ask | Bloomerang
COVID-19 Resource Hub | Indiana Philanthropy Alliance
Responding to the Coronavirus Outbreak: Resources to Help Nonprofits | The Chronicle of Philanthropy
How to Lead Your Team Through a Stressful Time | The Chronicle of Philanthropy
4 Ways to Engage Major Donors During the Covid-19 Crisis | The Chronicle of Philanthropy