$107,500 in Grants Awarded from the COVID-19 Response Fund

SPRINGFIELD – The Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln and United Way of Central Illinois announced today the seventh round of COVID-19 Response Fund grant recipients. In total, $107,500 was awarded to the following organizations:

  • Sojourn Shelter & Services, Inc. – $20,000
  • The Springfield Black Chamber of Commerce – $20,000
  • Catholic Charities Diocese of Springfield in IL – $15,000
  • Midwest Mission Distribution Center – $15,000
  • Eta Psi Sigma Foundation – $10,000
  • Contact Ministries – $7,500
  • Carlinville Women’s Center – Adult and Teen Challenge – $5,000
  • Urban Action Network – $5,000
  • Sparc – $3,000
  • Downtown Springfield, Inc. – $2,500
  • Safe Families for Children Alliance – $2,500
  • Greenview Food Pantry – $2,000

Thus far, $582,500 in grants have been awarded. Seventy four local organizations have received COVID-19 Response Fund grants. With support from the COVID-19 Fund, these organizations can continue to provide life-changing services to members of our community affected by the pandemic.

Donors have now contributed and pledged more than $900,000 to the COVID-19 Response Fund, including $50,000 in seed funding from the Community Foundation and United Way.

This week the Fund received an additional $300,000 from the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund (ICRF). In total, the Fund has received $550,000 from the ICRF. The United Way of Illinois and the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations, in collaboration with the Office of the Governor, established the ICRF to raise funds from individual, corporate, and foundation donors to be disbursed to nonprofit organizations across the state serving individuals, families and communities hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more about the ICRF, visit www.ilcovidresponsefund.org.

To view a complete list of individuals and corporations who have contributed to the COVID-19 Response Fund, visit www.CFLL.org or www.springfieldunitedway.org.

The Fund cannot provide grants to individuals, however, it does support community-based organizations that have experience providing essential services and support to local residents.

Local nonprofits serving individuals and families affected by the coronavirus outbreak are encouraged to apply for COVID-19 Response Fund grants by completing the online application at www.CFLL.org.


Grants are administered in partnership with the Pandemic Community Advisory Group consisting of funding partners and representatives from community, health and government sectors across the Springfield, IL region.


The COVID-19 Response Fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials and expand capacity in Sangamon and surrounding counties by strategically and efficiently addressing impacts from the coronavirus outbreak.

For more information or to donate to the Fund, visit the Community Foundation at www.CFLL.org or the United Way by texting “HELPNOW” to 40403 or at www.springfieldunitedway.org.

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