Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of the Wabash Valley COVID-19 Relief Fund?
To assist service provider organizations helping individuals and families with immediate COVID-19-related financial needs not covered by government programs or other traditional relief sources.
Can I write my check to either organization?
Yes. Donation checks may be made out to either the Wabash Valley Community Foundation or the United Way of the Wabash Valley. Funds donated to either entity will be combined into the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to be distributed to the community. Individuals should indicate “COVID-19 Relief” in the check memo section.
Where will donations be dispersed?
100% of donations to the Wabash Valley COVID-19 Emergency Relief fund will go directly to the organizations who are serving those in need due to the pandemic. Funds will be prioritized for people who are struggling the most and those that might fall into crisis because of the economic effect of the pandemic. Regular updates will be provided.
Is it possible to restrict or earmark my gift for a specific organization?
To ensure we move resources as efficiently as possible and respond to the needs of the most impacted, the Fund is not considering restricted donations at this time. The COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund was created in hopes of providing a way to coordinate as many resources as possible.
Can I direct my donation to a specific county?
The Steering Committee evaluating fund requests will do the best possible to honor county designations provided quality and high-priority requests are received from that county. Funds raised will be shared between counties based upon mutual assessment of local needs.
My family has been impacted by COVID-19. How will this Fund help me?
While the fund is not able to provide grants to individuals, we will be funding community-based organizations that have experience and history of providing individuals and families with services and support. These are organizations that are already working to help you.
Who is eligible to apply for funding?
The Fund can provide financial assistance to non-profits, healthcare, education, business, law enforcement, emergency management or other organizations that either:
-provide financial assistance in the form of food, shelter, clothing or any arising needs or financial assistance to individuals, or
-organizations with financial or supply-based needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
How can my organization apply for funds?
Request for funding will be through a simple process. A one-page flyer with application details is available by clicking here. Initial maximum for funding requests is set at $5,000. Organizations may re-apply as needed after two weeks from receipt of initial funding.
How will you decide who receives funding?
All requests will be prioritized and funded based upon up-to-date community needs assessments. Committee membership includes seven (7) community volunteers and staff from both organizations experienced in fund allocation and grant management.
The committee will meet on-line (virtual) weekly on an agreed upon schedule to review all requests submitted since the prior meeting. Funding decisions will be based on community needs, funds remaining in the relief fund and other pending requests. Approved applicants will be notified by email as soon as practical with checks cut and distributed by the United Way of the Wabash Valley (with cover letter explaining any requirements) within 1-2 days. Applicants not approved for funding will also receive email notification with feedback as applicable and guidelines for re-applying.
How often will you be funding organizations?
Requests will be reviewed and disbursements made at least weekly after approval by a Grant Steering Committee selected and approved by the Community Foundation and the United Way of the Wabash Valley.
For additional questions, please contact Beth Tevlin at firstname.lastname@example.org.