Nonprofit Application


Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) approved organization in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service. Funding must serve at least one of the primarily identified regional counties of Gibson, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick.


Committed funding partners across Southwestern Indiana established a community-wide COVID-19 Response Fund of the Greater Evansville Region, primarily Gibson, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties. This response is designed to serve the community through the Relief, Recovery and Restoration phases typical of large-scale crises and to catalyze hope in a time that perpetuates hopelessness and isolation. This fund, which was launched on March 27, 2020, continues to serve as the primary and strategic vehicle designed to meet our community’s needs in the short, mid, and long term. Philanthropic activities across the five-county region will be used to support communities, individuals and families as we continue together with Relief, Recovery and Restoration efforts. United Way of Southwestern Indiana serves as the Fiscal Sponsor, and the Fund Advisory and Allocation Committees include cross-sector representation across the region.


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

Funding Overview

A newly enhanced Relief, Recovery, Restoration application is now available and includes criteria for the Recovery and Restoration Phases. All applicants are required to document how the proposed project or proposal will advance the objectives of the Fund. These include (but are not limited to):

  • Help offset revenue loss to nonprofits due to restrictions impacting planned fundraising
  • Support needs related to mental/emotional/relational/financial health or healthcare that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis
  • Advance “back to work” measures that enable the re-employment and/or return to workplace of those furloughed or laid off as a result of the COVID-19 crisis
  • Surface and scale model programming designed to build a stronger and more robust community across all sectors
  • Foster collaboration within and/or across systems and sectors
Funding Consideration

Organizations may submit more than one request but are limited to one request per 30-day period. There is no minimum or maximum dollar amount that can be requested in one application, and there is also no limitation on the total dollar amount one organization may receive.

Application process

Before beginning the application, please note that as part of the application request, there will be a reporting requirement associated with receiving funds, if approved. Your organization will be asked to track details about funded activities(s). It is essential that all fields of the application are completed, including the project budget, in order to be considered for funding. If any information is missing, your application will not be considered for funding.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Requests will be reviewed and scored by a broad-based allocations committee on a monthly basis. Notification of funding decisions will be communicated via email. If funds are awarded, the instructions for reporting along with reporting timelines will be provided via email with an award letter and grant agreement that includes a request for financial information to establish an ACH electronic payment. After the signed grant agreement acknowledging the grant requirements is returned to the United Way of Southwestern Indiana and ACH payment information has been obtained, awarded funds will be issued in a single payment (unless other arrangements have been made).

Components of proposals

NOTE: Before beginning the newly revised application, click here to review important funding criteria and Regional Communities Resilience Framework (RCRF) information. Proposals must demonstrate alignment with objectives to be considered for funding.

Grant Submission

Click here to enter the grant portal. Previous applicants will use their existing usernames and passwords. New applicants will need to create a new account by using the button “Click Here to Create a New eCimpact Account.” 

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