United Way of Central Indiana awards $10.55 million in Basic Needs Fund grants to 63 organizations

INDIANAPOLIS – United Way of Central Indiana today announced Basic Needs Fund grants to 63 accredited organizations totaling $10.55 million. This much-needed support will continue to help thousands of children, families and individuals gain access to nutritious food, safe and affordable housing, health care services and transportation in Central Indiana.
An 18-member workgroup comprised of United Way board members, staff and community volunteers reviewed applications and recommended organizations for funding ranging from $30,000-$625,000 per grant. Last fiscal year, United Way awarded $8.3 million in Basic Needs funds to 58 organizations. This cycle of funding represents a 27 percent increase from the previous year, signaling the extraordinary support needed this year for organizations to weather the COVID-19 pandemic and help more people recover and rebound from the economic crisis.
“United Way understands the ongoing strain on our community as we slowly emerge from the pandemic,” said Sara VanSlambrook, chief impact officer for UWCI. “Therefore, we used one-time unrestricted funding to supplement our usual fundraising to be responsive to the significant and timely needs of individuals and families across our region.”
Alternatives Inc – $120,000
American Cancer Society – $50,000
The Arc of Greater Boone County, Inc. – $50,000
Boone County Senior Services, Inc. – $50,000
Bosma Enterprises – $55,000
Boys & Girls Club of Boone County – $65,000
Boys & Girls Club of Hancock County – $30,000
Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville – $50,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis – $100,000
Burmese American Community Institute – $150,000
Catholic Charities Indianapolis, Inc. – $450,000
Children’s Bureau + Families First – $625,000
Christamore House, Inc. – $100,000
CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions – $275,000
Community Alliance of the Far Eastside – $275,000
Concord Neighborhood Center – $150,000
Damien Center – $400,000
Easterseals Crossroads – $375,000
Edna Martin Christian Center – $400,000
Family Promise of Hendricks County – $100,000
Fathers and Families Center – $120,000
Fay Biccard Glick Neighborhood Center – $175,000
Flanner House of Indianapolis, Inc. – $350,000
Foster Success – $50,000
Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana – $250,000
Hancock County Senior Services – $50,000
Hawthorne Community Center – $220,000
Hendricks County Senior Services, Inc. – $160,000
Horizon House, Inc. – $275,000
HVAF of Indiana, Inc. – $70,000
Indiana Legal Services, Inc. – $70,000
Indiana Youth Group – $75,000
Indianapolis Legal Aid Society – $65,000
Indianapolis Urban League – $175,000
John Boner Neighborhood Centers – $350,000
La Plaza, Inc. – $175,000
Little Red Door Cancer Agency – $200,000
Lutheran Child and Family Services – $250,000
Martin Center Sickle Cell Initiative – $75,000
Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center – $300,000
Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana – $100,000
Meals on Wheels of Hancock County – $30,000
Martin Luther King Community Center – $175,000
Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic – $60,000
Noble, Inc. – $275,000
PrimeLife Enrichment – $50,000
Public Advocates in Community Re-Entry (PACE) – $100,000
Reach For Youth – $65,000
The Salvation Army Indiana – $450,000
Second Helpings – $300,000
Sheltering Wings – $150,000
Shepherd Community Center – $65,000
Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County – $120,000
Southeast Community Services – $175,000
St. Mary’s Child Center – $60,000
Sycamore Rehabilitation Services – $75,000
Tangram, Inc. – $175,000
TeenWorks, Inc. – $100,000
The Villages of Indiana, Inc. – $30,000
Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana – $375,000
WellSpring – $65,000
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis – $200,000
Youth Connections – $30,000
Total – $10,550,000


Click here to see a full listing of grantees and the basic needs focus areas their programming supports.
“Family Promise of Hendricks County fights every day for the 26 percent of our community that struggle to meet their basic needs of housing, childcare, transportation and food,” said Julie Randall, executive director of Family Promise of Hendricks County. “With a coordinated community response, we are able to end these struggles and create stability for families in need. We are incredibly grateful for a community that cares and supports these families, especially the United Way of Central Indiana. Family Promise has been awarded the United Way Basic Needs Grant to continue our efforts together to end and prevent homelessness and poverty in Hendricks County.”
“This past year, our partnership with United Way of Central Indiana has been essential to allow us to reach more aging adults than ever before during this critical time,” said Lauren Guynn, executive director of Shepherd’s Community Center of Hamilton County. “We are so pleased to continue this partnership with United Way of Central Indiana for the Basic Needs grant. This award will allow Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County to address vital essentials for our clients, such as transportation, mental health, and food scarcity.”




United Way of Central Indiana 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.


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