UWGC Awards Funding

Marion, IN – United Way of Grant County is pleased to announce that it has released initial awards from the second COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative grant. $124,030 from the $190, 815 received from Indiana United Ways, the state professional association of which United Way of Grant County is a member.  The grant will be used to support our community in meeting basic human needs brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The grant is one of 47 grants that Indiana United Ways is making to member organizations and community foundations through the initiative, which was made possible by funding Indiana United Ways received from Lilly Endowment Inc. 
“We are excited to be able to bring this additional investment to our community. This funding will assist organizations that are directly supporting families in Grant County.,” said Alicia Hazelwood, Executive Director of the United Way of Grant County. United Way awarded the following grants:
•    Early Childhood Coalition- $6,150 to provide access to the Early Learning Hub for providers
•    Carey Services- $12,000 to create an outdoor learning space for clients
•    YMCA- $26,339.25 to improve the quality and add additional access to before and after school care at all 5 school systems
•    Family Service Society- $20,000 to provide TRAC programing to assist with truancy and credit recovery for students
•    GrantBlackford Mental Health- $25,000 to provide for in and outpatient care for the increased number of youth being seen for services
•    Habitat for Humanity- $25,000 to fund the Critical Repair program

The second COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative grant again calls for United Ways that receive funding to leverage partnerships and relationships to better meet COVID-related basic needs aligned with the social determinants of health as defined by the CDC.  Specifically, United Way of Grant County plans to focus funding on programing that is addressing immediate, basic and essential needs of local communities suffering the ongoing physical, social and economic effects of the pandemic. The United Way of Grant County has $66, 785 available and is accepting funding requests from area human and social service nonprofits whose IRS designation is in good standing beginning June 4th.  Interested organizations should consult United Way of Grant County’s website for guidance on funding intent and application instructions. 
In April 2020, Lilly Endowment helped Indiana United Ways establish the COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative with an initial $30 million grant. Lilly Endowment made an additional $15 million grant in March to Indiana United Ways to support the initiative. Both grants are part of Lilly Endowment’s overall grantmaking to help organizations meet COVID-related needs. Since March 2020, Lilly Endowment has made grants totaling more than $210 million to organizations working in Indiana and across the nation as they respond to the pandemic.