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Since March 13, 2020, the Endowment has provided nearly $210 million in grants to support efforts in Indiana and around the country that address a variety of needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. From time to time the Endowment will update this page about our grantmaking. Many of the grants made toward these efforts can be seen below.
Central Indiana Community Economic Relief Fund (C-CERF) – On March 13, 2020, United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) announced the creation of the Central Indiana Community Economic Relief Fund (C-CERF) to help central Indiana human services organizations assist residents as they face the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lilly Endowment helped launch the fund with a $15 million grant to UWCI, joining other funders in responding to the pandemic. LEARN MORE
Round One – UWCI announced the first round of grants on March 24, 2020.
Round Two – UWCI announced grants the second round of grants on April 7, 2020. READ NEWS RELEASE
Round Three – UWCI announced the third round of grants on May 12, 2020.Read News Release
Indiana United Ways COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative – On April 1, 2020, Lilly Endowment announced a $30 million grant to Indiana United Ways (IUW), the professional association of United Ways and United Funds across the state, to help social service and other agencies across Indiana respond to the basic needs and other critical challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic in their communities. IUW has made three rounds of grants through this initiative.
Round One – The first grants for the initiative were announced April 20, 2020. READ NEWS RELEASE
Round Two – The second grants for the initiative were announced May 11, 2020. Read News Release
Round Three – The third and final grants for the initiative were announced on July 17, 2020. Read News Release
United Way of Central Indiana – United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) is working to meet the needs of residents in all six counties that it serves – Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion and Morgan. As significant needs in Marion County have emerged, the Endowment on April 1, 2020 announced a $3.5 million grant to UWCI specifically to be used in counties it serves outside of Marion County. On May 14, 2020, UWCI announced it first round of grants to organizations working to meet basic needs in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks and Morgan counties. READ NEWS RELEASE
Coming Back Stronger Fund – Early Learning Indiana announced on May 15, 2020 that it has received a $15.7 million grant from Lilly Endowment to create the Come Back Stronger Fund. The fund is designed to reinforce Indiana’s high-quality early learning opportunities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. READ NEWS RELEASE
On December 17, 2020, Early Learning Indiana announced a new $10.4 million grant from Lilly Endowment to provide another round of the Come Back Stronger Fund, which will help sustain Indiana’s supply of high-quality early care and learning opportunities.Read news release
Indianapolis E-Learning Fund – Lilly Endowment has joined other funders to help create the Indianapolis E-Learning Fund, which is designed to support educators, students and families during the transition to e-learning as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Endowment made a $1 million grant to the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee to support the fund, which is being coordinated by the Indianapolis Office of Education Innovation. The fund was launched April 8, 2020. READ NEWS RELEASE
On Dec. 15. 2020, leaders of the Indianapolis E-Learning Fund announced additional efforts to strengthen digital learning access for Marion County students and their families. Read news release
Indy Arts and Culture Restart & Resilience Fund – The Arts Council of Indianapolis in June 2020 announced a new program designed to help Marion County nonprofit arts and cultural organizations reopen and re-imagine their mission delivery in a world informed by the new realities of COVID-19. The Indy Arts and Culture Restart & Resilience Fund is made possible by a $10.2 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.Read news release
Youth Program Resilience Fund (YPRF) – On July 13 2020, Lilly Endowment launched a fund of up to $25 million to help youth serving organizations in Indiana address some of the challenges they face because of the pandemic. The YPRF is designed to offer support to a variety of organizations so they can better serve the needs of school-age children and youth (ages five to 18).LEARN MORE
Grants to Churches and Grassroots Organizations – On January 4, 2021, Lilly Endowment announced $475,000 in grants to eight organizations that provide robust outreach to assist people in need, especially highly vulnerable African American residents in high-poverty neighborhoods. In recent months, these organizations have seen surges in demand for help, including requests for rental and food assistance. They will use grant funds to help more people meet their basic needs. Read news release
Grants to City of Indianapolis and Community-based Organizations – On June 8, 2020, the City of Indianapolis announced that Lilly Endowment had committed $10 million to help supplement $76 million in federal funds received by the City. Of the $10 million committed by the Endowment, the City of Indianapolis will receive directly $5 million ($1.5 million to cover the administrative expenses of a $15 million rental assistance program and $3.5 million to meet basic needs at the discretion of the City). The remaining $5 million will be used to provide critical operating support to community centers and select other organizations working to help comprehensively those in need and that are charged with implementing key aspects of the federally-funded programs.
Grants to Community and Multi-service Centers – On January 4, 2021, Lilly Endowment announced $10.475 million in grants to 15 organizations that offer a range of programs and support, such as food, childcare, counseling, job training, youth development, programs for seniors and health services. All have seen surges in demand for their offerings in recent months. In 2020, most played an essential role in disbursing more than $30 million through a City of Indianapolis rental assistance program made possible by federal CARES Act resources supplemented by Lilly Endowment grants. Organizations will use these grants to provide direct assistance to individuals and to support operating expenses, including increased and unexpected costs caused by the pandemic. Read news release
Grants to Help Organizations that Provide Food Assistance – One January 4, 2021, Lilly Endowment announced $3.5 million in grants to two organizations that are the primary food banks serving Indianapolis and Central Indiana. They have played indispensable roles in COVID-19 relief efforts by providing substantially more food to a network of food pantries and other social services providers. They have helped organize and support direct food distribution, as well, including drive-through food relief efforts at venues such as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. They will use grants to acquire and distribute more food to individuals and families. Read news release
Grants to Help Organizations that Address Homelessness and Domestic Violence – On January 4, 2021, Lilly Endowment announced $2.75 million in grants to 13 organizations that address homelessness and domestic violence. Eleven of these 13 organizations provide direct services to homeless individuals and survivors of domestic abuse. Two of the organizations are key intermediary organizations that address homelessness and domestic violence issues. They will use their grants for special initiatives to help more individuals secure temporary and permanent housing. Read news release
Grants to Help Organizations that Work with Immigrants and Refugees – In February 2021, Lilly Endowment approved grants to Exodus Refugee Immigration and the Immigrant Welcome Center so they can continue their work helping immigrants and refugees transition smoothly to life in the United States. The affects of the COVID-19 pandemic have significantly increased levels of service the organizations are called upon to provide to meet the needs of the individuals and families they serve.
Grants to Help Indiana Congregations – With support from Lilly Endowment, the Indianapolis Center for Congregations in May, June and July made a $13 million in grants to Indiana congregations to make technology upgrades so they could continue to provide worship and other programs remotely amid the pandemic. The Center for Congregations made grants to nearly 2,700 congregations representing diverse theological traditions in cities, towns and rural communities across the state. READ NEWS RELEASE
Grants to Organizations that Provide Legal Services to Low-income Individuals – In February 2021, Lilly Endowment approved grants to help Indiana Legal Services, Indianapolis Legal Aid Society and the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic continue to serve low-income individuals and other vulnerable individuals. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these organizations have experienced increased demand for legal advice and representation in areas that include family law, housing and eviction and bankruptcy, among others.
Grant to the State of Indiana – On March 24, 2020, Lilly Endowment made a $5 million grant to the State of Indiana to help state leaders respond quickly to emerging and wide-ranging needs of homeless individuals and families throughout the state resulting from the COVID-19 virus.
On June 23, 2020, The American Red Cross (ARC) announced that it had received Lilly Endowment grants totaling $10.5 million to help residents in Indiana and across the nation who are most vulnerable to the effects of the pandemic. With its network of staff and volunteers, ARC is helping to meet emergency needs for food, shelter and other human services and shoring up the nation’s blood supply. READ NEWS RELEASE
On April 1, 2020, The Salvation Army announced that it had received Lilly Endowment grants totaling $15 million to support its efforts to help residents in Indiana and across the nation who are most vulnerable to the effects of the pandemic. The Salvation Army is helping to meet emergency needs for food, shelter and other human services of individuals and families. READ NEWS RELEASE
On Dec. 1, 2020, The United Services Organization (the USO) announced that it had received a $3 million Lilly Endowment grant to support the USO’s Combat COVID-19 Initiative. The grant will bolster the USO’s ability to focus on recovery and resilience efforts for service members and their families. READ NEWS RELEASE