NWI COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund

Corporate Partners

The NWI COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund is a community fund supported by generous individual donors as well as corporate donations. The fund was established to support human services organizations and the individuals and families they serve who are affected directly and indirectly by the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis. Lake Area United Way is overseeing this fund and is bringing its substantial expertise to this effort. You can also help your neighbors in this time of uncertainty and unprecedented need by donating to this fund.We would like to thank everyone who has donated to the fund especially:

  • Meijers
  • First Financial Bank
  • Truist Foundation
  • First Midwest Bank
  • Strack & Van Til
  • Lilly Endowment, Inc.
  • Indiana United Ways
  • PNC Foundation
  • Horizon Bank

Most Recent Update:

  • June 26th, 2020
    • Gifts and Pledges Received: $3,248,627
    • Grants Awarded: $821,000
  • The NWI COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund announced a first wave of grants to 5 human service organizations in Lake County. Those organizations are:
    • Meals on Wheels
    • Food Bank of Northwest Indiana
    • Salvation Army
    • Catholic Charities
    • Greater Hammond Community Services
    • Fair Haven Rape Crisis Center
    • Nurse Family Partnership of Lake County (Goodwill of Michiana)
    • Jasper Newton Community Foundation
  • Immediately before the crisis started Lake Area United Way granted out $500,000 to basic needs organizations. In the past six weeks we have given out over $1.3 million to help with basic needs like rent, utilities, and food assistance.
  • If your are a community organization looking to apply for funding please CLICK HERE and fill out the grant request form.
  • 100% of all donations to the NWI COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund will go directly to community organizations.

Fund Management

  • 100% of donations received will be directed to programs and services supporting people affected by COVID-19. There are no Lake Area United Way administrative fees associated with this fund. 
  • Community Economic Relief Funds are separate from any other Lake Area United Way grants. Funding can be awarded in response to agency requests or proactively based on emerging needs.
  • Grants will be informed by analysis of ResourceRoundUp.com search data and 211 call data, direct communication with struggling families, information gathered through nonprofit surveys, discussions with nonprofit and community leaders, the United For Families Network, and other relevant decision-making points shared by state and local entities.
  • The Lake Area United Way Board of Trustees will make all funding decisions.
  • Applicants should note that public announcements of pledged contributions to the fund do not necessarily indicate that those funds have been received by Lake Area United Way.
  • Applicants may request multiple grants from this fund as needs emerge and change over time.
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Need Help?

If you reside in Lake County and need help, you can visit www.ResourceRoundUp.com 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 IN211.org.

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.

Want to volunteer?

We are working with community-based organizations on appropriate volunteer opportunities that would be essential to serving the community. If you’re interested in volunteering, click here.

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.