United Way of Central Indiana Announces First Round of Basic Needs Fund Grant Recipients

$4 million in total granted to 47 community-based organizations to address housing, food, health and transportation access for thousands of struggling households


United Way of Central Indiana today announced the first round of grant recipients of the Basic Needs Fund. More than 237,000 central Indiana households  are either living in poverty or are struggling to make ends meet. The Basic Needs Fund is one of three new United Way of Central Indiana impact initiatives announced earlier this year that will address poverty in our region by partnering with community-based organizations who align with the goals and metrics of the fund, which include housing, food , health, and transportation.


Sixty-six organizations applied for grants from the Basic Needs Fund. A 12-member work group made up of United Way board members, staff and community volunteers recommended 47 organizations within United Way’s six-county region for funding. United Way’s Executive Committee of the Board approved $4 million in unrestricted grants from the Basic Needs Fund to these 47 organizations, ranging from $15,000 to $250,000, with the average grant award totaling $85,000.


“The Basic Needs Fund gives community-based organizations an opportunity to use funds to achieve targeted outcomes ,” said Nate Lichti, senior director of the Basic Needs Fund. “The goal is to stabilize families in crisis, maintain services for our most vulnerable neighbors, and provide a hand up to those individuals ready and able to thrive, and not just survive.”


Recipients are expected to regularly report and update United Way of Central Indiana on progress toward meeting the goals of the fund to achieve maximum impact for the individuals and families they serve. In turn, the Basic Needs Fund grants will generate emergency supports, create stabilizing services, and strengthen the safety net for an estimated 90,000 struggling individuals and families across Central Indiana who need improved access to food, housing, transportation and healthcare.



Alternatives Incorporated

AYS, Inc.

Boone County Senior Services, Inc.

Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville

Boys & Girls Clubs of Hancock County

Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis

Catholic Charities Indianapolis

Children’s Bureau, Inc.

Christamore House Family and Community Center

Community Alliance of the Far Eastside, Inc. (CAFE)

Concord Neighborhood Center

The Damien Center, Inc.

Easterseals Crossroads

Edna Martin Christian Center, Inc.

Families First

Fathers and Families Center

Fay Biccard Glick Neighborhood Center at Crooked Creek

Flanner House of Indianapolis, Inc.

Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana

Hancock County Senior Services

Hendricks County Senior Services

Horizon House

HVAF of Indiana, Inc.

Indiana Legal Services, Inc.

Indiana Youth Group (IYG)

Indianapolis Urban League

John H. Boner Community Center

The Julian Center, Inc.

La Plaza

Little Red Door Cancer Agency

Lutheran Child & Family Services

The Martin Center-Sickle Cell Initiative

Martin Luther King Community Center

Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center

Meals on Wheels of Hancock County

Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic


PACE, Inc. (Public Advocates in Community Re-Entry)

PrimeLife Enrichment

Reach for Youth, Inc.

The Salvation Army

Second Helpings, Inc.

Sheltering Wings

St. Mary’s Child Center

The Villages

Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana

WellSpring Center


Impact Fund Investments – What’s Next

Impact Funds comprise $8.5 million of United Way’s investments to community-based organizations this fiscal year. This is in addition to the $8.2 million in operating funds that all 84 community-based organizations accredited by United Way will receive over the next year.


All accredited community-based organizations are eligible for a second round of grants this fall from the Basic Needs Fund. Later this 2019-20 fiscal year, United Way will grant funding from the Family Opportunity Fund and the Social Innovation Fund.


United Way Community Investments for 2019-2020

For the 2019-2020 fiscal year, United Way plans to invest more than $52 million in the community, which include unrestricted grants to community-based organizations and donor designations to nonprofits. Also included are programmatic investments in the Centers for Working Families, the Indy Preschool Scholarship Program, and targeted homelessness initiatives as well as grants from the Energy Assistance Program, the Winter Assistance Fund, the Capital Projects Fund and the Facilities Maintenance Fund.