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Grundy County partnership receives relief funds

Community Foundation, United Way on list of grants

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SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund (ICRF) announced Wednesday it distributed its third and largest round of funding thus far, an additional $6.275 million to 31 nonprofit organizations across the state. The Fund, which was established by the United Way of Illinois and the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations in collaboration with the Office of the Governor, also announced it has raised more than $30.5 million from over 2800 donors since its launch on March 26th.

Among the recipients is the partnership of the Community Foundation of Grundy County and the United Way of Grundy County, which received $75,000 to grant to nonprofit and government agencies who provide relief and immediate needs to residents affected by this pandemic.

According to Community Foundation of Grundy County Executive Director Julie Buck, the grant application is open and nonprofits can begin applying immediately at Applications are due May 29 and the monies must be used in the community by mid-July. A press release of Grundy charities chosen to receive funding will arrive around June 1.

Funds are disbursed to nonprofit organizations across the state serving individuals, families and communities hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. With this most recent round, the ICRF has made grants of $16.7 million to 62 unique organizations. Including these organizations and those that they have re-granted to, ICRF has funded almost 800 unique organizations across the state of Illinois. The Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund, chaired by former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, will continue with additional rounds of grantmaking to nonprofits across the state to help Illinoisans through this crisis.

“The generosity of the people of Illinois and their willingness to help neighbors through tough times inspires me every day,” Governor JB Pritzker said. “The outpouring of support we’re seeing for the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund and the kind acts that some think go unnoticed are making the world of difference to residents in every corner of our state. Every good deed is making someone’s day brighter.”

“This is an all hands on deck effort to help our most vulnerable fellow Illinoisans at this time of such great need,” said Penny Pritzker, chairman of PSP Partners. “We are so grateful to the thousands of individuals and organizations who have stepped up to provide critical services and support for people in every part of Illinois.”

For this third round of funding, the ICRF expanded its approach to grantmaking, and used a data- driven process to identify the counties hit hardest by this pandemic – capturing both health and economic impacts. ICRF considered unemployment data, COVID-19 cases, percentage of vulnerable populations within the county, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to prioritize 57 counties in greatest need of support throughout the state.

Contributions to the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund can be made by visiting 

The Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations strengthens and promotes community foundations in cities, counties and regions across Illinois. Community foundations steward donor funds to improve the quality of life in our local communities.

“This grant has arrived at a very opportune time," Buck said. "Donations to the Disaster Fund have slowed while the county unemployment has risen, so many more Grundy residents are struggling to make ends meet. This grant will go a long way toward helping them through this economic struggle.”

United Way of Illinois United Way of Illinois (UWI) is a statewide association of local United Way organizations representing communities across Illinois. We fight to create lasting community change by helping children and youth succeed in school, promoting financial stability and family independence and improving the health of all Illinois’ residents. More information at

"The community partners of the United Way of Grundy County continue to report the struggles that their clients are facing around food, shelter, rent, mortgage, and medications," United Way of Grundy County Executive Director Karen Nall said. "We are excited to be able to forward these grant funds to our partner agencies to help alleviate some of the suffering that their clients are experiencing."

Nonprofits serving Grundy County are invited to apply for funding to serve their clients in need. Apply online at

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