Central Indiana COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund grants $4 million to 56 human services organizations

INDIANAPOLIS – The Central Indiana COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund (C-CERF) has made a third round of unrestricted grants totaling $4 million to 56 community organizations. Combined with two rounds of grants made since March 24, C-CERF has now distributed more than $15.8 million to 100 organizations in Central Indiana.
 
C-CERF is an economic relief fund of United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) launched with significant initial investments from founding partners Lilly Endowment Inc., Central Indiana Community Foundation (through the Glick Fund and The Indianapolis Foundation), Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, and United Way of Central Indiana. Since its establishment, C-CERF has grown to nearly $23.5 million because of generous donations from individuals and additional organizations.
 
In this round, the C-CERF Task Force prioritized funding to organizations in Marion County providing basic needs support to individuals and families. A specific emphasis was placed on organizations assisting communities of color, refugees and immigrants, and LGBTQ+ communities. For the purposes of this grant round, basic needs include shelter, food, utility assistance, childcare, transportation, and legal services (for eviction and unemployment insurance appeals).
 
C-CERF Recipients and Grants

B4UFall, Inc. – $50,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis – $50,000
Brookside Community Development Corporation – $50,000
BU Wellness Network – $30,000
Burmese American Community Institute – $30,000
Catholic Charities Indianapolis – $125,000
Child Advocates, Inc – $20,000
Christamore House Family and Community Center – $50,000
CICOA – $100,000
Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention – $100,000
Coburn Place Safe Haven – $25,000
Community Alliance of the Far Eastside, Inc. (CAFE) – $125,000
Concord Neighborhood Center – $100,000
The Damien Center, Inc. – $85,000
Dayspring Center, Inc. – $60,000
Dove Recovery House for Women – $25,000
Early Learning Indiana – $75,000
East Tenth United Methodist Children and Youth Center – $75,000
Eastern Star Church Jewel Human Services Corporation – $75,000
Edna Martin Christian Center, Inc. – $125,000
EVOLVE Mentoring a project of Hovey Street Christian Church – $75,000
Exodus Refugee Immigration, Inc. – $75,000
Fathers and Families Center – $85,000
Fay Biccard Glick Neighborhood Center at Crooked Creek – $75,000
Fight for Life Foundation – $20,000
Flanner House of Indianapolis, Inc – $125,000
George T. Goodwin Community Center – $60,000
Hawthorne Community Center – $125,000
HealthNet Homeless Initiative Program – $50,000
Horizon House – $100,000
HVAF of Indiana, Inc. – $50,000
Immigrant Welcome Center – $30,000
Indiana Youth Group (IYG) – $50,000
Indianapolis Legal Aid Society – $100,000
Indianapolis Urban League (IUL) – $125,000
Indy Hunger Network – $75,000
JCC Indianapolis – $75,000
Jewish Family Services at the Reuben Center – $30,000
John Boner Neighborhood Centers – $100,000
The Julian Center, Inc. – $50,000
Kheprw Institute – $25,000
La Plaza – $100,000
Little Red Door Cancer Agency – $110,000
Martin Luther King Community Center – $85,000
Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center – $125,000
Mozel Sanders Foundation – $60,000
Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic – $100,000
PACE, Inc. (Public Advocates in Community re-Entry) – $100,000
The Patachou Foundation – $30,000
Pathway Resource Center, Inc. – $100,000
Progress House, Inc. – $25,000
Project Azul – $20,000
Shepherd Community Center – $125,000
Southeast Community Services, Inc. – $100,000
Starfish Initiative – $20,000
Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana – $25,000
TOTAL – $4,000,000

 
“We are deeply grateful for the incredible support from the COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund,” said Miriam Acevedo Davis, president and CEO of La Plaza. “These funds will allow us to help some of the most vulnerable families in the Latino community, many who have limited options for support. COVID-19 has disproportionately affected the Latino community and thanks to the generous support of C-CERF, we will be able to provide essential services and resources to our community. ¡Gracias!”
 
What’s Next
UWCI is preparing to announce a separate round of grants to community organizations in Boone, Hancock, Hamilton, Hendricks and Morgan counties, as part of a $3.5 million grant from Lilly Endowment, to help meet the basic needs of residents affected by the pandemic in those areas.

To learn more or to donate to the C-CERF, text HELP2020 to 91999 or visit www.covid-19cerf.org. 100 percent of donations to the Central Indiana COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund’s website will go directly to the organizations that are serving those in need due to the pandemic.
 

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About the Central Indiana COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund (C-CERF)
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a coalition of community funders launched an initial $16.5 million Central Indiana COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund (C-CERF) to support human services organizations in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion, and Morgan counties during the crisis. This fund is governed by the C-CERF Task Force, which includes leaders from the founding partners: Lilly Endowment Inc., Central Indiana Community Foundation (through the Glick Fund and The Indianapolis Foundation), Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, and United Way of Central Indiana. For information and updates on C-CERF, visit www.covid19cerf.org.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Jessica DiSanto | United Way of Central Indiana