Community Foundation awards Rapid Response grants to 17 organizations

The Community Foundation has awarded COVID-19 Rapid Response grants to 17 Monroe County nonprofit organizations. This grant opportunity was established to immediately support Monroe County nonprofits with grants of up to $2,500 through a streamlined 24-hour evaluation process. These 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.

Grant recipients include:

• All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center
• American Red Cross Southeast Indiana Chapter
• Bloomington Playwrights Project
• Bloomington Symphony Orchestra
• 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
• WonderLab

“The Community Foundation is proud to be working in parallel with our philanthropic partners to address the emergent needs of local organizations during this early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said President and CEO Tina Peterson. “Both the large grant the Foundation made to the United Way COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund and the Rapid Response Grants are meant to ensure that essential organizations have the capacity to lean in during this time of crisis. The Foundation is exploring everything possibility for creatively deploying its resources to support those who call our community home.”

The Community Foundation received 32 Rapid Response grant requests totaling more than $66,000 in requested funds. The first round of Rapid Response Grants has closed. The Community Foundation is developing its Phase 2 response to the COVID-19 pandemic and will release more information as soon as it is available. If you have questions, please contact Program Director Marcus Whited at