TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Non-profits have been forced to be a resource for a growing number of families recently. Now the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette is responding.
The foundation is speeding up its Rapid Response funding program. Non-profits can apply for funding and the foundation will now be giving money within 24-hours. Under regular circumstances, it would take weeks.
The foundation is giving $22,000 from its Rapid Response Fund to United Way of Greater Lafayette. These funds will be distributed to a list of Greater Lafayette non-profits.
The Community Foundation, United Way and Greater Lafayette Commerce leaders have partnered to create the Tippecanoe County COVID-19 Response Fund. This is to make it easier for them to keep all COVID-19 related funding needs in one place.
The Community Foundation CEO David Lasater expects the money they're giving to run out by the end of the week, but with the way people have stepped up to give and donate, he's not worried.
“If what has taken place over the several weeks of this crisis is any indication on how we'll respond moving forward, we will come through this and we will survive and we will thrive,” said Lasater.
He said the $22,000 dollars they’re giving comes directly from community members who’ve donated to the foundation.
The Community Foundation often helps fund the non-profits’ internal operations. But under these new circumstances, it'll help fulfill their external needs.
“Now we've adjusted in the face of this crisis, in the face of this crisis, we've shifted gears and we've expedited our traditional grantmaking process to allow us to make these grants to the non-profits who have dire needs now,” said Lasater.
Lasater is encouraging non-profits to also apply for the foundation’s Spring Grant. The deadline has been extended through Apr. 23, 2020.
The non-profits benefiting include, Food Finders Food Bank, LTHC Homeless Services, Tippecanoe County Council on Aging, YMCA, YWCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Home with Hope, Heartford House, Lynn Treece Boys and Girls Club, Junior Achievement, Bauer Family Resources, Almost Home Humane Society, and Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.
If you’d like to donate to the Tippecanoe County COVID-19 Response Fund you can do so here.