Community Foundation COVID-19 Response

Jan 11, 2021 – The Community Foundation and United Way of Monroe County are humbled to jointly serve as conveners and facilitators to advance collaboration around the issues of homelessness and housing insecurity we face as a community. Building on partnerships created and strengthened throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we are convening providers, funders, and others to support both short- and long-term strategies to reduce homelessness and address housing issues. Stay tuned for more information on this initiative.

Nov 11, 2020 – In response to increased demand for mental health services, the Community Foundation awarded eight grants totaling $150,000. Grant funding will enhance or expand the capacity of health programs and services to provide mental, emotional, and behavioral health supports in Monroe County. Read More »

Aug 7, 2020 – The Community Foundation has created a new funding initiative to address child care costs and the need for virtual learning resources. The LEARN Fund will help ensure Monroe County children and families have resources for children to learn effectively despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More »

May 19, 2020 – Thanks to the generosity of Community Foundation donors and the Lilly Endowment through the United Way of Monroe County’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, we were able to open a third funding round of COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants. In the third round, 24 grants were awarded to support Monroe County nonprofits with grants of up to $2,500. Read More »

April 11, 2020Community Foundation COVID-19 Update

March 22, 2020Community Foundation COVID-19 Response Plan

Additional Resources

Helping Bloomington Monroe

Launched by the Bloomington Health Foundation, City of Bloomington, and the Local Council of Women, Helping Bloomington Monroe is a website that can assist our friends and neighbors find local information about health care, food assistance, social services, and more.

COVID-19 Resources for Monroe County 

The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce has a resource site with local, state, and federal information on COVID-19 and its impact on our community. COVID resources include government updates, nonprofit help, virtual meeting support, HR & legal resources, and much more.

COVID-19 Resources for Children and Families

Monroe Smart Start has put together helpful resources for families with children in Monroe County. Monroe Smart Start’s COVID-19 Resources for Children and Families includes information on child care, financial assistance, internet access, school supplies and more.

Child Care Worker Call Out

To support working families and employers, the Community Foundation’s Monroe Smart Start program has developed a tool for child care workers or those with childcare experience to sign up for employment opportunities.

Volunteer Network COVID-19 Response Hub

Looking for ways to help? Visit City of Bloomington Volunteer Network’s COVID-19 Response Hub for volunteer opportunities, items requested by nonprofits, and how to donate.

The Mill Navigation Center

In 2018, the Community Foundation awarded an impact grant to the Mill for programs aimed at facilitating the entrepreneurial growth in our community. With a portion of the funding not yet utilized, we worked with the Mill to repurpose some grant funding. The Navigation Center features business experts to answer emails, take phone calls, and respond to online questions to more directly help those affected to keep their businesses afloat in this time of crisis.