Nonprofit Restart Program

Get reimbursed for keeping your community, clients and employees safe.





As nonprofits prepare to reopen facilities facing the new realities of COVID-19, the City of Indianapolis and United Way of Central Indiana are partnering to help local nonprofit leaders purchase necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) and other health and safety-related items, including necessary capital improvements aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19.


Nonprofit Restart Grants will be awarded in amounts between $200-$5,000 to registered 501(c)(3)s located in Marion County based on reimbursements for purchases of PPE, disinfectant products, and capital improvements that include, but are not limited to signage, air handling, partitioning for social distancing, and improvements for safe queueing.


Nonprofits must submit all receipts to receive a Restart Grant. Each 501(c)(3) is limited to one application and grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.


Applications are open June 23 to August 31.



Have questions about how this program can benefit your nonprofit, or need help with the application? Watch this recording of our webinar with the City of Indianapolis from Friday, June 26 to learn more!



Still have questions? Visit our FAQ page for more information or email


Still need to purchase supplies? Check out this list of local PPE & health and safety vendors from our friends at the Indy Chamber.





Three easy steps to apply:

Collect your receipts

Receipts MUST be dated between 3/16/2020 and 8/15/2020 and contain reimbursable uses. If able, circle the expenses on each receipt you plan to claim.

Complete your reimbursement

Fill out our Nonprofit Restart Reimbursement Sheet to list all eligible expenses. You will need to complete this excel sheet to apply.



Complete your official application using your receipts and the completed reimbursement sheet.

Get started


In order to be considered for a grant, an applicant must meet the following requirements and provide supporting documentation:

1. Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Marion County.

2. Occupy and operate from a Marion County address.

3. Be registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the State of Indiana prior to February 15, 2020.

4. Have purchased personal protective equipment (PPE), professional cleaning and disinfection services, and/or qualifying capital improvements as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and to comply with State of Indiana and Marion County Public Health Department reopening guidelines between March 16 and August 15, 2020.

Reimbursable Uses

The grant is intended to ensure the safety of nonprofit employees and the populations they serve during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, allowable reimbursable expenditures are purposefully broad and follow these general categories:

• Personal Protective Equipment including masks, faces shields, gloves, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant products.

• Capital improvements include but are not limited to signage, air handling, partitioning for social distancing, improvements for safe queueing, and construction of health and safety improvements aimed at reducing the spread of infection if those improvements are consistent with the State of Indiana and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines.