As the COVID-19 Crisis unfolded in early 2020, local funding partners created a cross-sector, community-wide critical response to the growing economic impact of the pandemic. As a result, the COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund of the Greater Evansville Region was established to serve the counties of Gibson, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick through the relief, recovery, and restoration phases of a large-scale crisis.
Generous founding partners launched the fund with more than $1,000,000 and over the past year, hundreds of community members contributed. With the help of many businesses, partners, organizations, Indiana United Ways, and funding from Lilly Endowment Inc., the fund surpassed $6.6 million.
Fund leadership established an application, evaluation, and allocation process that ensured critical community needs were met through the various phases of the crisis. To date, more than $4.3 million has been distributed to assist with needs such as food, shelter, personal protective equipment, transportation, safety equipment, nonprofit operations contingencies, case-management collaborative efforts, and so much more.
As the Fund begins to draw to a close, it will make up to $1 million available to nonprofit collaborations who propose new ways to reimagine systems, processes, and environments. Concurrently, the Fund will continue to accept monthly applications for relief, recovery, and restoration efforts until August 17, 2021. At that time, decisions will be made regarding final disbursements from the Fund, which will take place September 1, 2021.
On behalf of Fund leadership, committee members, and volunteers, we applaud our donors, our nonprofit partners, and the Greater Evansville Region for coming together to support our neighbors and communities in their time of greatest need.
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Reporting & Evaluations Committee
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The COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund of the Greater Evansville Region is a sponsored project of United Way of Southwestern Indiana and Indiana United Ways, with funding provided by Lilly Endowment Inc.