$100,000 in Safety Net COVID Rapid Response Grant Funding Distributed to Local Organizations

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The first round of funding from United Way of Madison County’s COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative (ERI) Grant, funded by a partnership between Lilly Endowment, Inc. and Indiana United Ways, has been announced. Phase 1 funding was earmarked to rapidly deploy resources to local organizations working with populations economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Sudden job loss, having to quit a job because of school and childcare closures, and illness have created a crisis for so many families in our community.  Therefore, the first round of funding specifically addresses the immediate economic needs that families are experiencing as a result of COVID-19. We are very grateful to the Lilly Endowment and Indiana United Ways for supporting our community in this way,” shared Karen Hemberger, VP of Impact for United Way of Madison County.

Prioritized needs for this round of funding were applications supporting shelter/housing, transportation, energy (utility and bulk fuel assistance), technology and food. Also prioritized to receive funding were organizations whose work benefits people with low incomes, communities of color, and historically and/or systematically marginalized people in Madison County and/or Middletown.

The following 7 organizations were granted funding:

  • Alternatives Incorporated - $15,000

  • PathStone - $22,000

  • Children’s Bureau - $10,000

  • Anderson Housing Authority - $21,000

  • Stripped Love - $5,000

  • Salvation Army - $21,000

  • Operation Love - $6,000


Awarded organizations will be receiving grant funds in the coming week for immediate use in supporting the needs of those impacted by COVID-19.

The second round of funding from the ERI Grant will focus on building the capacity of local safety-net organizations to better serve the overall community. An additional $500,000 in ERI Grant funding will be spread over two funding cycles. The first cycle is currently accepting applications through Friday, June 12 at 5 pm. Application is available online at https://www.unitedwaymadisonco.org/economic-relief-initiative.