United Way announces COVID-19 Action Fund Grants – Round 5

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United Way Blackhawk Region proudly announces its latest round of COVID-19 Action Fund grants equating to $19,240.
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Five rounds of COVID-19 Action Fund grants now total $103,651

(BLACKHAWK REGION) – United Way Blackhawk Region proudly announces its latest round of COVID-19 Action Fund grants equating to $19,240. Thus far, United Way’s COVID-19 Action Fund has awarded $103,651 to local health and human services providers.

The following nonprofit programs/ agencies were awarded a COVID-19 Action Fund grant:
$10,000 to Latino Service Providers Coalition for operational support of the coordinator position, facilitating response to the needs of the local Latinx population.
$5,040 to Family Promise of Greater Beloit to provide additional motel vouchers to serve the homeless population in and around Beloit.
$4,200 to Head Start to provide for the purchase of supplemental food, diapers, formula and other supplies for more than 120 Head Start families.

“The COVID-19 Action Fund priorities shift and evolve as our region adapts, responds and recovers from the health and economic consequences of the pandemic,” said United Way Blackhawk Region President and CEO Mary Fanning-Penny. “United Way’s volunteer-driven process will continue to support communities most impacted, providing resources for triage and nurturing community resilience.”

While United Way continues to award grants from the COVID-19 Action Fund, the organization is simultaneously raising dollars for its annual community campaign. Pledges to the 2020 community campaign in support of the $2.4 million goal will be invested as part of the upcoming 2021-2023 community grant cycle – funding that is separate from the action fund.

“Whether for the COVID-19 Action Fund or our competitive community grants, our volunteers have the critical task of directing resources where they’re not only needed most but where they will be most effective,” Fanning-Penny concluded. “United Way donors place their faith in the integrity of our volunteer-driven decision making, and that responsibility is paramount in all of our efforts to meet the escalating needs of our vulnerable neighbors.”

To learn more or for organizations interested in applying to United Way Blackhawk Region’s COVID-19 Action Fund, visit LiveUnitedBR.org/COVID-19.

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