COVID-19 Relief Fund Phase 2 Grant Opens


COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Phase 2 Grant Application Open 

Bloomington, Ind. -- United Way of Monroe County announced today that the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Phase 2 grant application is now open to Monroe County nonprofit organizations. The COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund is aimed at supporting social service agencies and community-based organizations who provide for the basic needs of local individuals and families.  

Phase 2 grants of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund will focus on these priorities in Monroe County in response to the pandemic:

  1. sustaining critical operations and levels of service for area nonprofits  meeting community members’ basic needs  

  2. funding  temporary staffing or volunteer mobilization efforts  in response to loss of volunteer base critical to daily operations

  3. maintaining capacity of  local food security and basic needs systems  in order to meet additional demands

  4. supporting affordable childcare for essential workers 

  5. promoting  the health and personal safety of individuals, especially as existing systems of care are disrupted

Human service organizations serving Monroe County may apply now for Phase 2 funding via the grant portal, found here.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, May 12 at noon. Organizations selected for funding will be notified by Friday, May 15th.

A portion of a recent $1.2M gift from the Lilly Endowment, in partnership with Indiana United Ways, will be distributed to selected agencies as part of the Phase 2 COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund grants. United Way is also partnering with the community foundations in Brown, Greene, and Owen counties to administer the remainder of the Lilly Endowment gift in ways that meet local needs and priorities. Based on population figures, United Way is partnering with each outlying county’s community foundation to administer the following grants:

Agencies applying for funding in those counties may contact their community foundation via the links above regarding the application process.

In Monroe County, a committee including representatives from the Bloomington Health Foundation, City of Bloomington, Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, Indiana University, Monroe County Government, and United Way of Monroe County will continue to support local administration of the funding.  

Additionally, United Way is granting $40,000 to the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County in order to support an additional round of rapid response grants, in particular the ones supporting human service organizations. Organizations seeking rapid response grants in the amounts ranging from $250 to $2,500 may apply. More information>>

Text COVIDRELIEF2020 to 44-321or visit to make a contribution to the Emergency Relief Fund.  




COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund supporters include Bloomington Health Foundation, Bloomington Sunrise Rotary, Bloomington Township, Blueline, 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 United Ways, IU Credit Union, IU Credit Union Volunteer Board of Directors, Lilly Endowment, Inc., Monroe County Government, Old National Bank, Owen County State Bank, Perry Township, Private Individuals, Smithville Charitable Foundation, Susan Yeley Homes, Tim Ellis Realtors, Truist Foundation, United Way of Monroe County, United Way Worldwide, and 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.