United Fund Awards $9193 in ERI Grants

The Decatur County United Fund awarded $9,193 in grants through the $150,000 COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative Grant. Champions of Youth has been granted $2,047 for a computer and software, printer, and scanner. This will allow them to better facilitate their mentors, students, and core program.

New Directions received $7,146 for air purifiers and filters, sanitation washer, dryer and dishwasher, and desktop computer.

Left to right: Joane Cunningham, Tami Wenning, Alex Sefton, Kelly Wampler, Daryl Tressler

To date, $136,215 has been awarded to 16 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 Member, 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, Past Board President Daryl Tressler along with Alex Sefton, Public Relations Manager. 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.

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