United Way Distributes Additional COVID-19 Rapid Response Funding and Opens New Round of Funding Requests

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The latest 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, was distributed earlier this month to 6 local non-profits. Since May, United Way of Madison County has provided over $393,000 in COVID-19 Relief funding to rapidly deploy resources to local organizations working with populations economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Due to the ongoing needs of those struggling in our community because of COVID-19, we are continually working to provide as much funding as possible to local organizations so they can provide assistance in these challenging times,” said Nancy Vaughan, president of United Way of Madison County.

The following 6 organizations received additional funding this month:

  • PathStone

  • Children’s Bureau

  • Anderson Housing Authority

  • Stripped Love

  • Salvation Army

  • Operation Love


In addition to the latest funding provided earlier this month, United Way of Madison County has opened an additional COVID Rapid Response (CRR) funding cycle. The deadline for application submission for this round of funding is Friday, January 15 by 5:00 pm. The application can be found online here

Organizations that address the highest areas of unmet needs – shelter, food, transportation, childcare and energy assistance - that benefit people with low incomes, communities of color, and historically and/or systematically marginalized people in Madison County and/or Middletown will be prioritized for CRR funding. 

United Way of Madison County received $800,000 in total ERI funding to expend over an 18 month period. “We are very grateful to the Lilly Endowment and Indiana United Ways for supporting our community in this way,” Vaughan said.


Remaining funds from the grant will be directed toward safe housing efforts, nonprofit training opportunities and additional grant cycles.


CRR Funding Application >