|The deadline to apply is Tuesday, June 23 at 5 p.m.|
June 15, 2020, Bloomington, Ind. -- United Way of Monroe County announced today that the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Phase 3 grant application will open to Monroe County nonprofit organizations on Tuesday, June 16 at noon.
>> The deadline to apply is Tuesday, June 23 at 5 p.m. Organizations selected for funding will be notified by 5 p.m. Friday, June 26.
Phase 3 of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund turns to rebuilding our community and charting a course toward a new normal, in which racial and economic disparities are addressed and in which every person has equal access to opportunities. Grants will be awarded to nonprofit organizations contributing toward rebuilding our community following the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on resilience:
Resilient Individuals – programs and activities which build healthy interpersonal relationships, productive coping mechanisms, and peaceful conflict management so that individuals are better prepared to take advantage of life’s opportunities.
Examples of eligible activities include evidence-based programs, services, technical assistance, or training centered on self-esteem building, conflict resolution skill-building, mentorship, prevention/intervention activities, life skills, empowerment for parents, addiction recovery, and more.
Resilient Community – programs and activities which assure that community members engage strong support networks to more effectively navigate or mitigate hardship.
Examples of eligible activities include evidence-based programs, services, technical assistance, or training centered on neighborhood/peer connections, issues-based coalitions and task forces, coping and pain management, suicide prevention, and volunteer engagement.
Resilient Safety Net – programs and activities which support individuals’ basic physiological and safety needs.
Examples include programs and services addressing food and nutrition, housing and shelter, basic life skills, transportation alternatives, childcare and early education, work preparedness, poverty and economic stability interventions, mental and physical health care for vulnerable populations, legal services, and emergency response services
Human service organizations serving Monroe County may apply for Phase 3 funding beginning Tuesday, June 16 at noon via the grant portal at www.monroeunitedway.org/COVIDRelief. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, June 23 at 5 p.m. Organizations selected for funding will be notified by 5 p.m. Friday, June 26.
Organizations serving Brown, Greene, or Owen counties should contact their respective community foundation for information on the application process to receive funds. Links can be found at www.monroeunitedway.org/COVIDRelief.
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.
“As immediate needs around health, safety, and the continued operations of vital safety net services were addressed amid the pandemic, it is now time to turn to the long-term recovery of our community,” said United Way Executive Director Efrat Feferman. “This next round of funding is an early step in this larger effort, and we affirm our commitment to the challenging but crucial work ahead with our network of partners.”
COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund supporters include Bloomington Elks #446, 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, Renaissance Rentals, Salesforce, Smithville Charitable Foundation, Susan Yeley Homes, Tim Ellis Realtors, Truist Foundation, United Way of Monroe County, United Way Worldwide, University Tees, and Van Buren Township.
Individuals in need of services including food, shelter, childcare, financial assistance, and more are encouraged to search www.helpingbloomingtonmonroe.org or to call 2-1-1 to connect to the right help.
Community-wide resources and updates are centralized at www.monroecountycovid-19.org by the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce in partnership with a cross-sector coalition of partners.
Individuals may text COVIDRELIEF2020 to 44-321or visit www.monroeunitedway.org/COVIDRelief to make a contribution to the Emergency Relief Fund.
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.