United Way Announces Funding Awards

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March 18, 2021

Twelve organizations that serve Fayette and Rush Counties have been awarded a total of $148,750 in the remaining round of funding through the Economic Relief Initiative (ERI) Grant, funded by a partnership between Lilly Endowment, Inc. and Indiana United Ways. In addition, three organizations received funding through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), Phase 38. Both funding processes were managed by United Way of Madison County (UWMC), now serving Fayette and Rush Counties.

The ERI funding was directed to mitigating the economic impacts of COVID-19 for individuals and families. Awards support programs that provide shelter - including rent and utility assistance - food assistance and child care. The first round of funding, awarded in August 2020, provided $65,000 to seven organizations.

The following organizations received awards in this round:

Boys & Girls Club of Rush County - $8,250

Central Christian Church, Our New Friends Local Mission Program - $12,000

Children’s Bureau - $15,000

Community Sharing Foundation - $3,875

Fayette County Community Voices - $ $20,000

Hope Crisis Pregnancy Center - $5,500

Living Waters Assembly of God Creative Steps Learning Ministry - $ 15,375

Milroy Community Food Pantry - $5,000

Rush County Community Assistance - $3,750

Rushville High School Lions Snack Shack - $20,000

The Shelter, Inc. - $20,000

House of Ruth - $20,000

UWMC provides accounts for Charity Tracker, a shared client services database, to all recipients to assist with coordination of services and outcome tracking.

Fayette County’s local board for the EFSP, chaired nationally by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Administration), has announced its Phase 38 funding awards. For funding requests to be eligible, they had to be existing programs that currently provide emergency shelter or food to persons in need.

The following organizations received awards in Phase 38:

Community Sharing Foundation - $3,438

The Shelter,  Inc. - $3,375

House of Ruth - $3,375

United Way of Madison County is improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of community by focusing on the building blocks to a good life: Education, Income and Health. Governed by an 18 member volunteer board of directors, United Way of Madison County has been a member in good standing of United Way of America since 1973. For more information, contact Nancy Vaughan, President, at n.vaughan@unitedwaymadisonco.org.

Lilly Endowment Inc., is a private philanthropic foundation supporting the causes of religion, education and community development focusing its work in Indianapolis and the State of Indiana. For more information, contact Judith Cebula, Communications Director at communications@lei.org.

Indiana United Ways is the state association for United Ways in Indiana that supports thriving United Ways through capacity building, shared services, and partnering. For more information, contact Maureen Noe, President & CEO at Maureen.noe@iuw.org.