The United Way of Jay County is pleased to announce that it has been approved to receive a $125,000COVID-19 economic Relief Initiative Grant, made possible through a partnership between Lilly endowment, Inc. and Indiana United Ways. These special funds will be used to boost the efforts of selected area human and social service nonprofits on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The United Way of Jay County has been a coordinator of our community’s response to meet human needs for decades. Even before this crisis, we knew that many families in Jay County were not able to make ends meet – despite working. Thanks to generous support from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., we are now more strongly positioned to help our community’s nonprofits deal with the immediate and long-term impacts of Covid-19,” said Traci Gross, Board Chair for United Way of Jay County.
The Covid-19 Economic Relief Initiative Grant calls for United Ways that receive funding to leverage partnerships to better meet Covid-related essential and basic needs, which could include safe, emergency child care and to address other Covie-19 critical issues as they emerge. Specifically, the United Way of Jay County plans to make funds accessible to local nonprofits and child cares. Applications will be reviewed by a team from the Jay County community. Grants will be limited to 501c3 nonprofit organizations or other charitable organizations, such as faith-based organizations. Organizations must serve Jay County residents and must not discriminate on the basis of any federally protected classification in its employment practices or program service delivery. Faith-based organizations will be considered, but clients must be able to opt out of faith-based messaging and content when applying for or receiving services. First round submissions will be due Monday, July 27th, 2020. First round grants will be awarded by Monday, August 17th, 2020.
Priority will be given to the following areas:
Child care providers facing reduced numbers of children or with closures to maintain staffing and social distancing.
Nonprofits providing support to families for food/rent/utilities and other necessities, such as baby essentials.
Nonprofits who need to make physical accommodations to continue doing business, such as PPE, etc.
Nonprofits providing temporary daycare options, such as summer camps.
Nonprofits providing home visits who need technology to support a new way of business.
Applications for the ERI grant are available Here or contact Jane Ann Runyon at 260-726-7010 or firstname.lastname@example.org.