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July 10, 2020

5/13/2020 2:38:00 PM
JCUW offers grants for COVID-19 relief

The Jennings County United Way recently was approved to receive a $175,000 grant to boost the efforts of nonprofits working on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grant was made possible through a partnership between Lilly Endowment Inc. and Indiana United Ways, the state association.
The JCUW "has been a key convener and coordinator of our community's response to meet human needs for decades," said Kendall Wildey, president of the Jennings United Way board. "Even before this crisis, we knew that more than one in four families in Jennings County were not able to make ends meet," even with employment income.

He said the grant will mean the local United Way is "more strongly positioned to help our community's nonprofits deal with the immediate impacts of Covid-19," he said.

The goal of its COVID-19 Relief Fund is to help sustain the existing non-profit Human Services Network in Jennings County and supplement the assistance they provide to families who are living with poverty to secure their basic needs.

Basic needs include food and supplies, as well as help with shelter and housing costs

Nonprofits may apply to the Jennings County United Way for grants to from the relif fund to help with monthly operational needs, as well as basic needs assistance whenever the need arises.

Applications for COVID-19 Relief Fund grants may be submitted monthly, and are reviewed by fund's Impact Team as they are received.

Applications and more information can be found online at jcunitedway.org.

An online question forum will be available on Wednesday, May 20, for anyone needing help to fill out the application.

To sign up, go https://form.jotform.com/201324820288148.

Details for the forum will be emailed to the email provided at sign up.

Emergency food, shelter grants

Applications are still being accepted for JCUW's Emergency Food and Shelter Program, funded with a recent grant through the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The EFSP fund totals $21,392 and is meant to supplement local assistance programs that help Jennings County residents pay for food, shelter, rent/mortgage and utilities.

The deadline to apply is May 19.

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