As the challenges relating to the COVID-19 pandemic evolve, Lilly Endowment will post updates on this page about our grantmaking and how the pandemic may affect our initiatives.
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. READ NEWS RELEASE
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 two rounds of grants through this initiative.
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
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
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 April 1, 2020, Lilly Endowment announced grants totaling $15 million to The Salvation Army 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
Charting the Future for Indiana’s Colleges and Universities – The submission deadline for Phase 2 implementation proposals has been extended to Tuesday, June 30, 2020. The submission deadline for Phase 3 concept papers has been extended to Friday, August 14, 2020. View updated RFP here.
Thriving Congregations Initiative – The submission deadline for expressing interest in applying through letters of intent has been extended to Friday, May 1, 2020. Complete proposals are due through this website by 4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, June 1, 2020. View updated RFP here.Learn More