United Way of Wells County is pleased to announce that it has been approved to receive a $175,000 COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative Grant for Wells County and $75,000 for Blackford County, made possible through a partnership between Lilly Endowment, Inc. and Indiana United Ways, the state professional association of which United Way of Wells County is a member. 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.
“United Way of Wells County has been a key convener and coordinator of our community’s response to meet human needs for decades. Even before this crisis, we knew that over 25% of families in Wells County were not able to make ends meet – despite working. Without a robust local nonprofit safety net, those needs are bound to become even more dire. 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 impacts of Covid-19,” said Doug Brown, United Way of Wells County Board Chair.
The COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative Grant calls for United Ways that receive funding to leverage partnerships and relationships to better meet Covid-related essential and basic needs, which could include safe, emergency childcare, and to address other Covid-19 critical issues as they emerge. Specifically, United Way of Wells County plans to make funds accessible to local nonprofits and child cares in both Wells and Blackford Counties.
Applications will be reviewed by a team from around Wells County. Grants will be limited to 501c3 nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 nonprofit, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as faith-based organizations. Organizations must be headquartered in Wells or Blackford County and serve their respective residents. Agencies must provide human services in Wells or Blackford County. Agency must not discriminate on the basis of any federally protected classification in its employment practices or program service delivery. While organizations can be faith-based, clients must be able to opt out of faith-based messaging and content when applying for or receiving services.
Online applications are available here.
Final report form can be accessed here.
If you are looking for financial assistance for an individual, please access the application here.