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Lake County COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund Grant

Grants to Illinois Nonprofits to Provide Access to
Food and Vaccines During the COVID-19 Crisis

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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United Way of Lake County

Deadline Date:

04/14/21 12:00 Noon


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Grants to Illinois nonprofit organizations in eligible locations to respond to urgent community needs related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to provide access to food to COVID-impacted individuals as well as to provide people of color and/or homebound adults with access to the COVID-19 vaccine. All funding must be directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The majority of the clients served must be in the Lake County communities of Waukegan, North Chicago, Zion, Round Lake, and Highwood.

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.

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. United Way encourages these organizations to apply for this funding.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 192983

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

United Way intends to fund several organizations.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Organizations with a budget of under $100,000 should not request more than $20,000.
- If an organization requests more than half its annual budget, or over $40,000, it must present a compelling case as to why they are uniquely able to provide this service and how they will manage the accounting and reporting.

Term of Contract:

Funding must be spent within 30 days.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only 501(c)3 non-profit organizations that are actively meeting the focused need at the present time should apply. Religious organizations may apply but cannot restrict services to their members or require religious activities as a condition of receiving aid.

While the fund is not able to provide grants to individuals or families, it will be funding community-based non-profits that have experience and a history of providing people and families with health and human services and support.

Funding cannot be used to serve people outside of Lake County.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals are being accepted between March 24 and April 15, 2021. This funding request is due by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, April 14.

Successful candidates will receive notification of funding by Monday, April 26.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications should be emailed to Sara Martinez at

If you have questions about this request for proposal, contact Michelle Crombie at

United Way of Lake County
330 South Greenleaf Street
Gurnee, IL 60031
(847) 775-1000

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: Lake County

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