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In March 2020, Lilly Endowment, Inc. announced a $30 million grant to the Indiana United Ways. Montgomery County United Fund applied to receive some of the grant to bring relief to our community’s most vulnerable individuals and families impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. We were awarded the grant in July 2020.


The goal of the COVID-19 Response Fund is to rapidly deploy resources to local non-profit organizations that are offering emergency relief to families and individuals in need and to those who are looking for innovative means to provide support networks for those who need them the most. This additional funding totals $225,000 and it will be distributed to provide critical and necessary services to those who have been negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Agency Eligibility

Any organization wishing to submit a proposal must:

  • Serve residents of Montgomery County

  • Have a 501(c)3 status  

  • Human and Social Service focused nonprofits in good standing with the IRS (designation letter required)


Funding Priorities

  • Rent and utility assistance for those displaced by employment interruption

  • Access to childcare for families affected by closures especially for essential medical and emergency response staff

  • Services and shelter for people experiencing homelessness who lack the resources to stay safe

  • Access to mental health and substance use services during a time when isolation can significantly impact progress

  • Sustaining nonprofits who are providing and supporting critical health and human services

  • Long-term recovery and community development opportunities



Application Process

Step 1: Review Covid-19 Response Funding Priorities to determine if your request aligns.

Step 2: Complete and submit an application and project budget to Heather Hernandez at


Download Application Guidelines

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This grant will have a rolling deadline until the funds are expended, but it will be distributed in stages for immediate/emergency needs, intermediate/ongoing needs and long term/recovery needs.



Review Process

All completed applications will be assessed through a review process by a committee made up of community volunteers representing Montgomery County United Fund, Montgomery County Community Foundation, and other community leaders. An agency may be contacted if additional information or clarification is needed.



Fund Distribution and Oversight

Montgomery County United Fund will manage the fund distribution process and provide oversight of the funds reporting requirements. All final funding allocations will be approved by the Montgomery County United Fund Board of Directors.

Grant awards and reporting requirements will be communicated via email.