For more than 100 years, United Way for Southeastern Michigan has been committed to serving the community. Through triumphs and challenges, we mobilize the caring power of our region to help people in need. As we all face growing concerns about coronavirus (COVID-19), our mission and purpose remain the same.
We are monitoring developments of this global pandemic — particularly for families in vulnerable communities in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
In our region, 44 percent of households struggle to meet their basic needs. That’s more than 681,000 households, including 165,000 with children. For many of these families, one small setback can lead to a major financial hardship. A prolonged crisis like this can be catastrophic. We’re committed to doing all we can to help those who need it most.
We know there will be serious short- and long-term impacts during this pandemic, including individuals who become sick, as well as those who are affected by business and school closures.
United Way and our partners have established the COVID-19 Fund to help ensure families in need can access health care, financial resources and other supports. Hosted by United Way in partnership with corporate, nonprofit and foundation entities, this fund will allow us to rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations that are offering emergency relief to families and individuals in need. The initial focus will be on rapid response in support of front-line agencies providing services to our most vulnerable populations.
Funds will be dispersed for two primary purposes:
Click here to submit an application and read on for answers to frequently asked questions.
Q: What is the period of time that the funds will be available and what time period with the grants cover?
A: Grants funds will be available immediately. They are intended to cover program and service costs through April 30.
Q: What is the range of awards available to individual agencies through the Fund?
A: Grants will be limited to $20,000 for rapid deployment of the resources and to ensure the entire region realizes benefits.
Q: What support is available for community-wide and regional efforts?
A: Community-wide efforts and regional collaborations may submit a proposal for funding up to $300,000. Funding amounts will be contingent upon availability of funds and scope of service, please submit proposals of this nature to COVIDFUND@UnitedWaySEM.org.
Q: When will grant award decisions for individual agencies be made?
A: Grant applications will be considered on a first-come first-served basis. Only complete and accurate applications will be considered for funding. In recognition of the rapidly-evolving nature of this crisis, grant award decisions will be made daily.
Q: Are funds available only to nonprofits?
A: No. Local governments, schools and other civic institutions are invited to apply. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide funding directly to individuals.
Q: What restrictions has the Fund placed on how agencies can utilize their grant funding?
A: In recognition of the fluid nature of this crisis and the strain that puts on service agencies, we are putting a priority on flexible spending. The grant agreements will have basic stipulations on spending guidelines.
Q: If my organization’s application is approved, what will be the next steps?
A: Once approved, your identified point of contact will receive an email that will verify your application has been approved, including the award amount, and will have instructions on how to submit your organization’s W-9 and steps to finalize the grant agreement. Funds will be dispersed as one-time payments.