COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

United Way of Monroe County COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund 

Supporting human service needs during economic distress associated with COVID-19

As of September 2, 2021 the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund has awarded 114 grants, totaling $2.18 million, to 47 organizations, including 28 that had not previously received United Way funding. These grants are helping human service organizations in Brown, Greene, Monroe, and Owen counties and regional community foundations support priority needs during the pandemic.


$215,000 in COVID-19 Relief Fund Phase 3 Grants Announced


Relief Fund Phase 3 Grant Opens


March 2020 - Due to the impacts of COVID-19, organizations in Monroe, Owen, and Greene counties who serve populations in need every day are finding themselves under-resourced to serve a growing demand for those services. Additionally, immediate needs have been identified for housing and shelter options for at-risk individuals sheltered in mass settings or group homes.

United Way of Monroe County and nearly 30 local organizations partnered to launch the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to support immediate economic stability and basic needs in Monroe, Owen, and Greene counties in light of the pandemic.

The Fund launched with $250,000 committed by individual donors and key partners including Bloomington Health Foundation, Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, Monroe County Government, City of Bloomington, Bloomington Township, Perry Township, Van Buren Township, Duke Energy, Cook Medical, Old National Bank, and Owen County State Bank. United Way will seek donations from other organizations and individuals in the weeks ahead.

Bloomington Health Foundation generously doubled the impact of individual donations with a matching grant for the first $25,000 in individual donations. 

The coalition of partners is working with direct service organizations to identify critical needs and resource gaps and the best approach to disseminate  emergency funds with the appropriate sense of urgency. As with the prior Tornado and Flood Relief Funds, safeguards will be put in place to ensure these  funds are used effectively and appropriately, and 100% of funds donated will be distributed. Organizations receiving grants will be required to report back to funders on use of the monies granted.

All partners involved agree that the priority right now is to ensure capacity in the human services sector so that individuals and families in need are supported during this pandemic, including vulnerable populations sheltered in mass settings or group homes. The fund will more specifically aim:

1) to sustain critical operations and levels of service of area nonprofits meeting community members’ basic needs  
2) to develop safe, temporary residential programs for at-risk individuals currently unsheltered, or in mass shelters or group homes
3) to fund temporary staffing or volunteer mobilization efforts in response to loss of volunteer base critical to daily operations
4) to increase capacity of local food security and basic needs systems in order to meet anticipated needs

For questions regarding the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, please contact executive director Efrat Feferman at or 812-334-8370 x 15.
Regional Community Foundations
Organizations serving Brown, Greene, or Owen counties should contact their respective community foundation for information on the application process to receive funds. 



BKD CPA's and Advisors
Bloomington Elks #446
Bloomington Health Foundation
Bloomington Sunrise Rotary
Bloomington Township
Boston Scientific
Buskirk-Chumley Theater
City of Bloomington
Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County
Cook Medical  
Duke Energy
Etch Clothing Co.
First Financial Bank
First United Church
First United Methodist Church
Hoosier Energy
Indiana University Women in Government
IU Credit Union
IU Credit Union Volunteer Board of Directors
Ivy Tech Foundation
Kappa Kappa Kappa Alpha Chapter
Lilly Endowment, Inc.
Monroe County Government
Monroe County Green Party
Old National Bank
Owen County State Bank
Perry Township
Private Individuals
Renaissance Rentals
Smithville Charitable Foundation
Susan Yeley Homes
Tim Ellis Realtors
Truist Foundation
United Way of Monroe County
United Way Worldwide
University Tees
Van Buren Township 


United Way of Monroe County is a nonprofit organization that improves people’s lives by addressing critical needs today and working to reduce those needs tomorrow. Through its Community Action Fund and grant initiatives, United Way works with 24 member agencies and community partners to ensure families have opportunities and everyone can meet basic living needs.  

Phase 5 Grant Opens August 2nd for United Way of Monroe County COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund