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United Way Invests Nearly $400,000 in Nonprofits for Second Round of Grants

April 15th, 2020

United Way of Central Ohio will deploy our second round of COVID-19 Community Response Fund grants this week to 23 nonprofit partners on the front lines assisting families and individuals impacted by the crisis. The emergency fund has grown to more than $1.57 million in both gifts and match pool dollars thanks to the generosity of corporate sponsors, leadership donors and individual contributors.

The second round of grants range from $3,200 to $50,000, with nonprofits receiving a total of $399,700 between them from the fund. Combined with the $373,000 deployed in the first round, the total investment to date has reached $772,700 to 32 nonprofit partners. Several organizations have applied for and received a grant in both the first and second grant cycles.

Similar to the first round, these grants will help the selected nonprofits in four primary areas:

  • Increasing food distribution: United Way is assisting nonprofits such as St. Stephen’s Community House, Local Matters, Catholic Social Services and The Salvation Army in Central Ohio and others with funding to safely provide food to families and individuals.
  • Supporting education: The YMCA of Central Ohio, City Year and Central Community House will receive funding to provide immediate support for school-age children, AmeriCorps members and youth services.
  • Providing emergency services: Many nonprofits, such as Huckleberry House and Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services, will receive funds for new delivery models or services to meet urgent needs.
  • Maintaining operations and essential services: Most nonprofit partners have lost substantial revenue. Community Development for All People, Lutheran Social Service HandsOn 221 Call Center, Moms2B and Community Kitchen are among those receiving funding to continue providing critical services.

Our latest survey revealed that nonprofits have been forced to suspend or drastically limit 80% of programs serving our community. You can read more about the survey and download the complete results here.

The negative effect of the pandemic on nonprofits has been swift, but our response has been equally swift. With your help, United Way is committed to keeping central Ohio’s safety net strong during this unprecedented time. Give today at:


The detailed lists of grants can be viewed here:

Cumulative list: Cumulative COVID-19 CRF 4.13.20 (2) (1)

Rounds 1 & 2:  UWCO COVID-19 Round 1 & 2 Approved NPO Grantees (2)


The full press release is here: COVID 19 UWCO fund investments round two- April 15 2020 final

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