INDIANAPOLIS – United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) has awarded the final round of unrestricted grants totaling more than $1.7 million to human services organizations serving individuals affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks and Morgan counties. These grants, combined with the first round of $1.8 million distributed to 50 organizations, were made possible by Lilly Endowment Inc. to help meet the needs of Central Indiana communities outside Marion County.

Five workgroups comprising UWCI staff, civic leaders, volunteers and county representatives, including staff of the counties’ community foundations, analyzed the emerging needs in each area and made funding recommendations. Based on these recommendations, UWCI invited 46 organizations to apply for the competitive grants and awarded 39 organizations with funding for basic needs services (food, housing, health, and transportation), mental health support for youth, families and seniors, and childcare and child/family safety programs. 

“We are honored to be a recipient of these grants and are grateful to Lilly Endowment and United Way for their support,” said David Maurer, executive director of Churches in Mission in Morgan County. “As we seek to broaden the impact in the community, these dollars will help address issues of food scarcity, expand our educational and mentoring programs, and serve more people in need who are affected by the pandemic.”

County Recipients and Grants

CountyCommunity-based OrganizationAward Amount
BooneBoone County Mentoring Partnership$ 43,000
Mental Health America of Boone County$ 44,500
Sylvia’s Child Advocacy Center$ 37,000
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis$ 23,000
HamiltonBoys & Girls Club Noblesville$ 50,000
Family Promises of Hamilton County$ 70,000
Good Samaritan Network of Hamilton County, Inc.$100,000
Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development (HAND) Inc.$240,000
Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic$ 50,000
Prevail, Inc$ 75,000
Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County$125,000
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis$ 50,000
Youth Mentoring Initiative$ 40,000
HancockBrandywine Community Church – Wellspring Center$ 15,000
Eastern Hancock Education Foundation$ 10,000
Families First Indiana, Inc.$ 40,000
Friends of Hancock County CASA$ 9,000
Greenfield Central School Foundation$ 12,000
Hancock County Child Advocacy Center dba Zoey’s Place Child Advocacy Center$18,000
Mental Health Partners of Hancock County$ 10,000
Mt. Vernon Education Foundation$ 12,000
Southern Hancock Education Foundation$ 12,000
The Landing Place INC$ 12,000
HendricksAvon Education Foundation$ 55,000
Brownsburg Education Foundation$ 35,000
Family Promise of Hendricks County$112,500
Hendrick’s County Child Advocacy Center dba Susie’s Place$ 10,000
Hendricks County Food Pantry Coalition$ 56,000
Hendricks County Senior Services$ 17,000
Hendricks County Trauma Resource Center$ 31,500
Hope Healthcare Services$ 6,000
Meals on Wheels of Hendricks County, Inc.$ 10,000
Mill Creek Community School Corporation$ 27,000
Sheltering Wings$ 65,000
Sycamore Services, Inc.$ 50,000
MorganChurches in Mission$ 140,000

Lilly Endowment has provided a total of three grants to UWCI and Indiana United Ways totaling $48.5 million to help with COVID-19 relief efforts.  In addition to this $3.5 million grant to help people in need in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks and Morgan Counties, the Endowment made a $15 million grant to UWCI to help launch on March 13 the Central Indiana COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund (C-CERF). The Endowment was joined by Central Indiana Community Foundation (through the Glick Fund and The Indianapolis Foundation), Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation and United Way of Central Indiana in providing the initial C-CERF resources, the majority of which have been granted to Marion County-based organizations. To help serve needs in the remaining counties in Indiana, the Endowment made on April 1 a $30 million grant to Indiana United Ways.