United Way announces $16.5M fund for people affected by COVID-19

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Posted at 2:41 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 14:44:48-04

INDIANAPOLIS — The United Way of Central Indiana created a $16.5 million economic relief fund for people and families affected by the coronavirus.

The fund was created from a $15 million donation from Lilly Endowment Inc., and $500,000 donations from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, Eli Lilly and Company Foundation and United Way of Central Indiana.

The money will be used for grants to service organizations in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion and Morgan counties.

“This coronavirus is not just a health crisis. It is also an economic one – the depth and magnitude of which is uncertain,” said Ann Murtlow, president and CEO, United Way of Central Indiana. “The speed with which the virus has spread and the measures necessary to slow its spread and protect global, national and local health continue to significantly disrupt our way of life.”

A similar fund was created in 2008 to combat the Great Recession.

To help donate to the fund, text HELP2020 to 91999 or visit