Lake County’s health and human service organizations are experiencing an unprecedented demand for services from neighbors and communities significantly impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
It’s critical these organizations have the resources they need to continue to operate at the highest capacity.
Your donation will support the agencies that are ensuring our neighbors can access critical needs in this time of crisis, including emergency food assistance, rental and stable housing assistance, utility assistance, access to health care, support for remote learning, and the many unforeseeable needs that are being identified through the 211 information and referral helpline.
United Way of Lake County launched the Lake County COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund, in collaboration with Lake County Government, to unite the funds raised by Lake County’s philanthropies, corporations and individuals to be disbursed to nonprofit organizations across the county.
As we are individually taking steps to protect our own families, workplaces and neighborhoods from the effects of the virus, let’s not forget the impact this is having on our neighbors. Missing paychecks, the inability to pay rent and utilities, and a lack of access to food and essential supplies are realities that many in our region will have to face for some time. The road to recovery will be a long one.
Please join us in supporting our neighbors across Lake County, Illinois!
(as of 4.19.21)
AbbVie, Amcor Flexibles, The Baxter International Foundation, BD Becton Dickinson, The Buchanan Family Foundation, Federal Life Insurance Company, First Midwest Bank, Huntington Foundation, The Julian Grace Foundation, Karmapa Center 16, Lake County Community Foundation, Lundbeck, Medline Industries, The Nielsen-Massey Foundation, RoundTable Healthcare Partners, John and Kathleen Schreiber Foundation, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, Trustmark, United Conveyor Corporation, United Way of Lake County
The Lake County COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund has distributed more than $1,100,000 to 47 local nonprofits serving our most vulnerable neighbors.
We are seeing a great strain on local health and human service providers. Based on the most pressing needs identified by 211 and with input from leading non-profits, we will prioritize funding to local non-profit agencies tasked with addressing the critical needs of people and families in our community during this COVID-19 outbreak and its consequences. Funding decisions will be made by United Way of Lake County staff and volunteers with the Community Impact Council. They will review each application and select for funding organizations that best meet the identified needs.
The distribution for the week of April 24, 2021 will focus on programs that either eliminate barriers to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine for homebound adults and/or people of color, or provide access to food for those impacted by the COVID pandemic.
As grants are awarded we will post them on this page.
The grant recipients for the first cycle on March 30, 2020 include:
The grant recipients for the second cycle on April 13, 2020 include:
The grant recipients for the third cycle on April 27, 2020 include:
The grant recipients for the fourth cycle on May 14, 2020 include:
The grant recipients for the fifth cycle on May 29, 2020 include:
The grant recipient for the sixth cycle on June 30, 2020 was:
The grant recipients for the seventh cycle on November 5, 2020 include:
The grant recipients for the eight cycle on April 26, 2021 include:
For assistance finding food, shelter, rent or utility assistance, or other essential services, call 211 or text your zip code to 898211 to speak with someone who can help. 211 is available 24/7.
United Way of Lake County recognizes that many smaller organizations and organizations led by people of color are doing critical work serving communities and populations that are disproportionally impacted by COVID-19. We encourage these organizations to apply for this funding.
All funding must be directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding must be spent within 30 days.
Only 501(c)3 non-profit organizations that are actively meeting this focused need at the present time should apply.
The majority of the clients served must be in the Lake County communities of Waukegan, North Chicago, Zion, Round Lake, and Highwood. Funding cannot be used to serve people outside of Lake County.
Religious organizations may apply but cannot restrict services to their members or require religious activities as a condition of receiving aid.
United Way of Lake County has $180,000 in this distribution and intends to fund several organizations.Guidelines for requests are as follows:
Organizations eligible to apply should submit a 1-2 page application containing the following information:
Please submit a copy of the IRS 501(c)3 designation letter with the application.
Successful candidates will need to sign a Lake County COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund Memorandum of Agreement after they are notified of funding status, and a results/demographic report is required 90 days after the grant is received.
This funding request is due by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, April 14. Successful candidates will receive notification of funding by Monday, April 26. Applications should be emailed to Sara Martinez at firstname.lastname@example.org. Because of the quick moving nature of this proposal process, no late submissions will be considered.
If you have questions about this request for proposal, contact Michelle Crombie at email@example.com.
Future funding will be announced on this website.
United Way of Lake County is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit. EIN: 36-2167949.
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