ANDERSON — The first round of funding from United Way of Madison County’s COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative Grant, funded by a partnership between Lilly Endowment, Inc. and Indiana United Ways, has been announced.

Phase 1 funding was earmarked to rapidly deploy resources to local organizations working with populations economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prioritized needs for this round of funding were applications supporting shelter/housing, transportation, energy (utility and bulk fuel assistance), technology and food. Also prioritized to receive funding were organizations whose work benefits people with low incomes, communities of color, and historically and/or systematically marginalized people in Madison County and/or Middletown.

These seven organizations were granted funding: Alternatives Inc., $15,000; Anderson Housing Authority, $21,000; Children’s Bureau, $10,000; Operation Love, $6,000; PathStone, $22,000; Salvation Army, $21,000; and Stripped Love, $5,000.

The second round of funding from the ERI Grant will focus on building the capacity of local safety-net organizations to better serve the overall community. An additional $500,000 in ERI Grant funding will be spread over two funding cycles. The first cycle of that funding will be awarded in July.

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