United Fund awards $18,460 in ERI Grants

The Decatur County United Fund has awarded $18,460 in grants through the $150,000 COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative Grant in 2021.  Lifeline Wesleyan Church Life Center has been granted $10,000 for technology upgrades. This will allow families without internet service on the west side of Greensburg, the opportunity to access e-learning and educational resources.  The American Red Cross will receive $8,460 for COVID antibody testing and two blood drives that will be conducted in Decatur County.

To date, $127,022 has been awarded to 14 nonprofit agencies serving Decatur County from the ERI Grant.  These grants are made possible through a partnership between Lilly Endowment, Inc. and Indiana United Ways, the state professional association of which Decatur County United Fund is a member. 

Applicants can apply for up to $10,000 and must be a nonprofit organization that provides health and human services in Decatur County and has an immediate need due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Grantees must address a goal in education, health, or income; have an output they are working towards, and provide measurable outcomes.

Grants are reviewed by a grant team consisting of United Fund Board President, Jayne McCleland, United Fund Treasurer Brad Schutte, and Executive Director Joane Cunningham.  Other key partners include the Decatur County Community Foundation Executive Director Tami Wenning, Board President Daryl Tressler along with Alex Sefton, Resource Development Director.  Also serving on the committee is Rick Nobbe and Mayor Josh Marsh. 

For more information, contact Joane Cunningham, Executive Director at unitedfunddc@etczone.com or     812-663-3342.

Donna Colon of American Red Cross accepts their COVID-19 ERI Grant Award, Tami Wenning, DCCF Executive Director serves on the grant review team and Joane Cunningham, DCUF Executive Director as administrator of the grant.

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