Covid-19 Fund FAQ

FAQs

About the fund 

Quick synopsis of the fund 
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, a team of funding partners has established a cross-sector, community-wide COVID-19 Response Fund of the Greater Evansville Region.  This response is designed to serve the community through the relief, recovery, and restoration phases typical of large-scale crises to catalyze hope in a time that perpetuates hopelessness and isolation. 

Who created this fund? 
This fund has been established in a collaborative effort between the Southern Indiana Grantmakers (SING), United Way of Southwestern Indiana (serving as the fiscal sponsor), Welborn Baptist Foundation, Community Foundation Alliance and the City of Evansville.  Individuals and organizations are encouraged to join the effort and donate to the fund.  These founding fund partners invite the broader community to contribute to the COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund as the primary and strategic vehicle designed to meet our community’s needs in the short, mid, and long term (18month horizon). 

Who is the fiscal sponsor of this fund?
United Way of Southwestern Indiana has generously agreed to be the fiscal sponsor by donating funds, systems and human resources so that donations can be tax deductible. Further, none of the donations will be retained by the sponsor and no administrative cost will be charged to the fund.

What is the geographic reach of the fund? 
The fund has been created to serve primarily Gibson, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties.  

What will this fund support? 
The fund will specifically support:  

  • Tactics that provide gap support (not duplicated Federal Programs) to those who are asset-limited, income-constrained and may be temporarily unemployed (ALICE);
  • Sustain critical operations and levels of service that meet the basic needs of the vulnerable, at-risk, health care workers, and first responders (e.g., food, shelter and childcare);
  • Support temporary staffing or volunteer mobilization efforts in response to the loss of the volunteer base critical to essential social services; or
  • Encourage and champion a movement of neighbors caring for neighbors 

These above purposes are focused on short-term relief.  Criteria for the recovery and restoration phases will be determined as needs and opportunities emerge in the coming months. 

Is there a financial goal for the fund? 
The fund launched March 27 with over $1,000,000 committed by individual donors and initial partners.  The initial goal is to raise $6,000,000 but that could change as the crisis continues. 

How will distribution work? 
Fund Advisory and Allocation Committees with members from broad-reaching, representative organizations will identify organizations to which the fund will make contributions. Timely, informed grant-making decisions will be made on evolving needs over time and will be openly communicated.  Organizations receiving funds will be required to report on the use of the monies granted. 

Does an organization have to be a United Way supported agency to receive funds?
No, any 501c3 approved organization in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service who services residents in at least one of the primarily identified regional counties may apply.

What is the time frame? 
Distributions for the relief phase should begin within the next few weeks.  While we don’t know how long this crisis will last, this response is designed to serve the community through the relief, recovery, and restoration phases typical of large-scale crises  

Simple definitions 

  1. Relief – meet immediate need; a temporary fix for now 
  2. Recovery – a transitional foothold for a ‘new normal’ 
  3. Restoration – a transformational foundation, for what’s next 

How can I get engaged?
Get updates: Visit the Covid-19 Crisis Response Fund of the Greater Evansville Region’s Facebook Page 

Go to covidresponsefund.com to donate. 

About the application process

Funds will be distributed to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations who are currently in good standing with the IRS and whose service area includes the 5-county region (Gibson, Posey, Spencer, Vanderbugh, and Warrick).

The fund will support organizations who:

  • Advance tactics that provide gap support (not duplicated Federal Programs) to those who are asset-limited, income-constrained and may be temporarily unemployed (ALICE);
  • Sustain critical operations and levels of service that meet the basic needs of the vulnerable, at-risk, health care workers, and first responders (e.g., food, shelter and childcare);
  • Support temporary staffing or volunteer mobilization efforts in response to the loss of the volunteer base critical to essential social services; or
  • Encourage and champion a movement of neighbors caring for neighbors.

How can my organization apply?
All applications will be conducted online.  You can access the application portal by visiting http://unitedwayswi.org/nonprofit-applications/