Funding Applications

Funding Applications

Applications for Phase 1 of NWI COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Funding will close on Friday, June 5, 2020, at 5:00pm (CDT).

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Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis. If you have questions please reach out to Andrea Proulx Buinicki at

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.

Fund Management

  • 100% of donations received will be directed to programs and services supporting people affected by COVID-19. There are no LAUW administrative fees associated with this fund. 
  • Community Economic Relief Funds are separate from any other LAUW grants. Funding can be awarded in response to agency requests or proactively based on emerging needs.
  • Grants will be informed by analysis of search data and 211 call data, direct communication with struggling families, information gathered through nonprofit surveys, discussions with nonprofit and community leaders, and other relevant decision-making points shared by state and local entities.
  • The LAUW 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 LAUW.
  • Applicants may request multiple grants from this fund as needs emerge and change over time.
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • The maximum grant request is $15,000. Applications may be approved for full or partial amounts of the request. Lake Area United Way may choose not to fund an application for any reason.

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.