COVID-19 Help

About the Fund:

The NWI COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund launched on March 18, 2020, to help ensure individuals, children and families in need are supported during this pandemic. Lake Area United Way and a coalition of partners are working with the human services sector to identify these immediate needs and make emergency funds available to organizations working directly with vulnerable populations.

The coronavirus is not just a health crisis. It’s an economic crisis, and the depth and magnitude of its spread is uncertain. At Lake Area United Way, we are committed to keeping you up-to-date on the unprecedented effort to help our most vulnerable populations during this crisis.

Organization Looking For Funding

Applicant Qualifications
Applicants must serve people in Lake County, Indiana, and they must qualify as:

  • 501c3 nonprofit organizations
  • Groups fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 nonprofit organization, or
  • Other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution—such as faith-based organizations and other public entities.

Individuals Looking for Help

If you reside in Lake County and need help, you can visit for information on services available during this time of crisis. You can also call 2-1-1 to get connected to services. For faster service, visit

The NWI COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund will NOT be distributing funds directly to individuals. This is because United Way is uniquely positioned to take a broad look at our community, find the gaps where services are needed for our struggling neighbors, and align the right programs, partners and funding to address those needs and solve those challenges.

We will be distributing funds directly to the organizations with deep roots in the community and strong experience with those most impacted in order to meet the basic needs of our most vulnerable populations during this crisis.

Healthcare Worker Child Care Applications

Lake Area United Way has grant funding to help healthcare workers who live in Hammond, East Chicago, and Gary pay for childcare through the end of May. To learn more and see if you qualify for funding click here.