Wabash Valley COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

United Way of the Wabash Valley

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Up to US $5,000

Fields of work: Family Services Child Care Services Health Care Access & Delivery Education Basic Human Needs Economic Services & Development Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Indigenous Group, Government Entity, For-Profit Business

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Clark County, Illinois, Counties in Indiana: Clay County, Parke County, Sullivan County, Vermillion County Show all

Location of residency: Clark County, Illinois, Counties in Indiana: Clay County, Parke County, Sullivan County, Vermillion County Show all

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About this funder:



Citing the strength in working together, the United Way of the Wabash Valley and the Wabash Valley Community Foundation have jointly launched a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to support immediate economic stability and basic needs in Vigo, Clay, Parke, Sullivan, and Vermillion counties in Indiana and Clark county in Illinois in light of the anticipated impact of the current pandemic.

Fund Mission

Priority One is to assist service provider organizations helping individuals and families with short- and long-term COVID-19-related financial needs not covered by government programs or other traditional relief sources.

Priority Two is to assist with COVID-impacted non-profit infrastructure so as to maintain these important community services long-term.

Investment Methodology

The addition of the Economic Relief Initiative Grant allows our local fund to use a multi-tiered approach that can now continue short-term needs grants, but also provide larger-scale directed funds as part of a second level of investment for community relief. These approaches are summarized below:


These grants represent the original purpose for formation of the local Relief Fund and have been in process since the fund’s inception. An additional $300,000 will be made available from the $1.1 million grant received to continue these important emergency grants.

The maximum for these requests remains at $5,000, and applicants can re-apply two weeks after the initial disbursement of funds. Requests are reviewed and disbursements made weekly after approval by a Grant Steering Committee selected and approved by UWWV and WVCF.


An initial $400,000 of the$1.1 milllion grant received will be managed by a different process than the Tier One Short-Term Relief Grants. These funds will support large scale mid-term relief services awarded through a more directed Request-For-Proposal process. These grants are expected to range from $75K-$100K. A Guide Team will meet monthly to review and share large scale grant needs and suggestions on those best-suited organizations to implement such grants. Mid-Term grant applicants will be by invitation and selected through a simplified on-line application process.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The fund can provide financial assistance to non-profits, healthcare, education, business, law enforcement, emergency management, government entities or other organizations that are:
    • Priority 1: Non-Profits that provide financial assistance in the form of food, shelter, clothing or any arising needs or financial aid to individuals
    • Priority 2: For-Profits that are providing COVID-related assistance/services that include a distinct charitable nature.
    • Priority 3: Non-Profits widely accepted as anchors in the community, yet struggling with infrastructure and/or operations funding.


  • Payments will not be made directly to individuals or families requesting financial assistance.