Community Foundation awards 24 COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants in third round of funding

Thanks to the generosity of Community Foundation donors wanting to support local nonprofits during the pandemic and the Lilly Endowment through the United Way of Monroe County’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, the Foundation was able to open another funding round of COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants this past week.

In the third phase, the Foundation awarded 24 grants through a streamlined evaluation process. This grant opportunity supports Monroe County nonprofits with grants of up to $2,500.

Phase III Rapid Response Grant recipients:

  • Amethyst House
  • Bloomington Developmental Learning Center
  • Buskirk-Chumley Theater Management
  • Catholic Charities
  • Center for Sustainable Living – Bloomington Community Bike Project
  • Community Justice & Mediation Center
  • Courage to Change Sober Living
  • Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County
  • LifeDesigns
  • Lotus Education & Arts Foundation
  • Monroe County United Ministries
  • My Sister’s Closet
  • New Hope for Families
  • New Leaf New Life
  • Pantry 279
  • Reimagining Opera for Kids
  • Shalom Community Center
  • Society of St. Vincent De Paul
  • WFHB
  • WildCare Inc.
  • Windfall Dancers
  • WonderLab
  • YMCA of Monroe County
  • Youth First, Inc.

Grant funds will be used immediately for supplies, equipment, remote-work technology, staffing, and to enable our local nonprofits to sustain capacity to serve our community. All nonprofit organizations serving Monroe County were eligible to apply regardless of whether they were awarded a grant in a previous Rapid Response Grant round.

“Monroe County’s nonprofits have responded to this crisis in incredible and innovative ways,” said President and CEO Tina Peterson. “We are encouraged by the creativity, compassion, and commitment exhibited by these organizations during this challenging time. We are proud of the work they are doing despite trying circumstances. Working together, thoughtfully, and collaboratively, we can make a difference for those who call Monroe County home.”

The Community Foundation received 90 Rapid Response grant requests in the three rounds of funding. Fifty-six COVID-19 Rapid Response grants have been awarded for a total of $116,322.34 across the three funding rounds.

Phase II Rapid Response Grant recipients (announced April 10):

  • Amethyst House
  • Area 10 Agency on Aging
  • Artisan Alley
  • Bloomington Meals on Wheels
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington
  • Ivy Tech Foundation
  • Midway Music Speaks
  • Monroe County Humane Association
  • Stages Bloomington
  • Susie’s Place

Phase I Rapid Response Grant recipients (announced in two groups, March 31 & April 2):

  • All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center
  • American Red Cross Southeast Indiana Chapter
  • Bloomington Playwrights Project
  • Bloomington Symphony Orchestra
  • Buskirk-Chumley Theater Management
  • Catholic Charities
  • Community Kitchen of Monroe County
  • Courage to Change Sober Living
  • Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County
  • Healthnet
  • Hoosier Hills Food Bank
  • Middle Way House
  • Monroe County History Center
  • Monroe County United Ministries
  • Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard
  • New Leaf New Life
  • People and Animal Learning Services
  • Pets Alive
  • WFHB
  • Wheeler Mission Ministries
  • Women Writing for a Change
  • WonderLab

At this time, Rapid Response Grant applications are currently closed. Should additional funding become available, we will announce funding opportunities on If you have questions, please contact Program Director Marcus Whited at [email protected].

About Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County:

Created by individuals, families, and businesses who share a passion for Monroe County and a vision for its future, the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County has granted $30 million to more than 400 local nonprofit organizations since its incorporation in 1990. With a growing $33.5 million endowment, the Foundation makes a difference by connecting caring people, important causes, and community resources.