Monroe County to Receive Additional COVID-19 Relief Funding Via Indiana United Ways
United Way of Monroe County will receive a second COVID-19 economic initiative grant worth $ 615,960 from Indiana United Ways, according to a press release Monday.
The grant, made up of Indiana United Ways funds received from Lilly Endowment Inc., is one of 47 Indiana United Ways distributing to member organizations and community foundations through the COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative, the statement said. .
United Way of Monroe County will allocate a portion of the grants to community foundations in the area, with $ 22,658 to the Brown County Community Foundation, $ 95,209 to the Greene County Foundation and $ 62,008 to the Owen County Community Foundation. Agencies in each county interested in applying for funding should contact their respective community foundation, the statement said.
The COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative was established by Indiana United Ways with an initial grant of $ 30 million from Lilly Endowment in April 2020. The initiative was supported by an additional grant of $ 15 million in March, according to the press release.
Jerry Sutherlin, Chairman of the Board of United Way of Monroe County, thanked the Lilly Endowment for their support of Indiana United Ways in the statement.
“Even before this crisis, we knew that almost half of our local households were struggling. one in five people lived in total poverty and an additional quarter of families in Monroe, Owen and Greene counties were teetering dangerously above the poverty line. As a result of COVID, these needs have become even more urgent, ”Sutherlin said in the statement.
The grant calls on those who receive funds to leverage their partnerships and relationships to best meet basic needs related to COVID-19 “aligned with the social determinants of health as defined by the CDC,” according to the communicated. Social determinants of health are the conditions in the places where people live, work, learn and play that affect an individual’s health and quality of life, according to the CDC website.
United Way of Monroe County will open funding for nonprofits that have shown they can directly help individuals during the pandemic and collaborate effectively, the statement said.
United Way of Monroe County will accept applications for funding from local nonprofit social and human service organizations with IRS designation in good standing as of August 2, the statement said.
Organizations interested in funding should consult with the United Way of Monroe County website for funding intentions and instructions for submitting an application.