United Way of Champaign County and Community Foundation of East Central Illinois launch COVID-19 Relief Fund
Fund will support direct service providers on the front lines of the pandemic
The United Way of Champaign County and Community Foundation of East Central Illinois Boards of Directors have authorized the establishment of the Champaign County COVID-19 Relief Fund. The Boards have each seeded the fund with up to $50,000, creating up to $100,000 to respond to the needs in our area. The fund will distribute resources to United Way’s existing network of partners and the partners supported by the Community Foundation.
“United Way knows many people in our community are one missed paycheck away from financial crisis,” remarked Sue Grey, United Way of Champaign County President & CEO. “Our network of partners are working to provide needed assistance to families. This fund will support those efforts.”
As local funders, both organizations understand many individuals and families have been affected by the outbreak already and more will continue to be affected. The Fund will grant resources to community-based organizations that are directly supporting local residents and families who are most affected by emerging health, economic, and social impacts.
I/my family have been impacted by COVID-19. How will this fund help me?
While the Fund is not able to provide grants to individuals, we will be funding community-based organizations that have experience and history of providing people and families with services and support. These are organizations that are already working to help you. As we begin to award grants, we will post them on this page. Please call 211 for information on local services.
My organization is interested in resources from this fund. Can we be considered?
We will proactively identify potential grant recipients, solicit guidance on potential recipients from community advisors, our Board of Directors, and local units of government, and recommend final awards.
In order to move resources quickly and not further burden organizations on the frontlines of the pandemic, we are not hosting a formal application process at this time.
When will you share who receives funds?
FUNDING WAVE 1: HOUSING ASSISTANCE
Released March 23, 2020
$20,000 to Champaign Township and Cunningham Township to provide housing assistance.
We are currently assessing our community's most urgent needs. We anticipate distributing funds over the next few weeks. We will publish a list of grants on our website and announce them on social media.
Is there a fee to donate?
No. United Way of Champaign County will not charge any processing fees on gifts to this Fund. Also, we are absorbing all credit card transaction fees. 100% of your donation will go to nonprofits helping with COVID-19 relief.
I want to donate. Can I restrict my gift to a specific organization?
To ensure we move resources as efficiently as possible and respond to the needs of communities most impacted, the Fund is not considering restricted donations at this time. The COVID-19 Response Fund was created in hopes of providing a way to coordinate as many resources as possible.