United Way and City of Indianapolis to provide Restart Grants to nonprofit organizations in Marion County

INDIANAPOLIS – Today, United Way of Central Indiana and the City of Indianapolis have announced their partnership to help nonprofit organizations in Marion County take the precautionary steps to safely re-open their facilities to the public from the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of the CARES Act (Federal Coronvirus Relief Funds), the Nonprofit Restart Program will award grants in amounts between $200-$5,000 to organizations for reimbursement of purchases of personal protective equipment (PPE), disinfectant products and capital improvements needed to maintain safety measures for social distancing.
Eligible nonprofit applicants must meet the following requirements for reimbursement:

  • Nonprofit must be located in Marion County
  • Nonprofit must have achieved a 501(c)3 status from state of Indiana prior to February 15, 2020
  • Nonprofit must have purchased PPE and other health and safety items as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic and submit all receipts to receive a grant
  • Purchases must have occurred between March 16-August 15, 2020
    “As our city continues the re-opening process, residents will be seeking out more of the local nonprofit organizations that keep our community together,” said Mayor Hogsett. “I encourage any Marion County 501(c)(3) nonprofit to apply for these funds, to protect the health of employees and residents while they administer and use these crucial services.”
    To apply, visit nonprofitrestart.com. Nonprofits located in Marion County, including non-accredited United Way community-based organizations, can apply for a Nonprofit Restart Grant from June 23 through August 15, 2020. Each 501(c)3 is limited to one application and grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
    “United Way of Central Indiana is proud to be the trusted administrator of the Nonprofit Restart Program and to distribute these funds to as many nonprofit organizations in Marion County as possible,” said Ann Murtlow, president and CEO of United Way. “We are all in this together to support our nonprofits and the tens of thousands of people they employ and serve each and every day in our community.”
    “COVID-19 has aggravated several of the systemic inequalities in our community,” said Leigh Riley Evans, director of community development, Eastern Star Church. “The Restart Grants will provide nonprofit organizations with provisions to create safer work environments for their returning employees and opportunities for stronger community & economic development.”
    For additional questions or more information, refer to the Nonprofit Restart Grant’s Frequently Asked Questions page. Nonprofit organizations in Marion County can also learn more about the Nonprofit Restart program and have their questions answered during a webinar from 2-3 p.m. on Friday, June 26. Organizations can register for the webinar at nonprofitrestart.com.
    Indianapolis residents and affected workers impacted by COVID-19 should visit the City of Indianapolis resource guide, which can be viewed at www.indy.gov/covid. Spanish speaking residents can view the Resource Guide here. Individuals who are unable to navigate the city’s website can call 317-327-4MAC between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to talk to a customer service representative.


    About United Way of Central Indiana: United Way is a community of donors, advocates, volunteers, and partners who fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. United Way invites all members of our community to LIVE UNITED by giving, advocating and volunteering to improve lives in Central Indiana. Visit www.uwci.org to learn more.
    Jennifer Hashem | Public Relations Manager, United Way of Central Indiana
    Jessica DiSanto | Senior Director of Communications, United Way of Central Indiana