COVID-19 Response Fund

United Way of Central Illinois and The Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln have joined together to create the COVID-19 Response Fund to deploy resources to community-based organizations at the front lines of a coronavirus spread in Illinois’ greater capital region.

We are incredibly thankful to the generous donors to the COVID-19 Response Fund. Together, we will support our community.

Local Grant Recipients:

  • Central Illinois Foodbank- $30,000
  • The Parent Place – $15,000
  • Fifth Street Renaissance – $10,000
  • Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery – $5,000
  • Meals on Wheels of C.E.F.S. – $5,000
  • West Central Illinois Health Corporation – $2,500
  • Jacksonville Area Center for Independent Living – $2,500
  • Abundant Faith Ministry- $10,000
  • American Red Cross- $1,000
  • Catholic Charities- $10,000
  • Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois- $5,000
  • Compass for Kids- $3,500
  • Grace Lutheran Church Food Pantry- $2,500
  • Hope- $5,000
  • Senior Services of Central Illinois- $1,500
  • SIAN Charitable Foundation- $6,000
  • The Outlet- $5,000
  • Springfield Urban League Inc.- $15,000
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Illinois- $10,000
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Illinois- $10,000
  • Real Life Church Food Pantry- $10,000
  • Educational Day Care Center- $8,400
  • Illinois Presbyterian Home- $7,500
  • The Salvation Army Lincoln Service Extension Center- $5,000
  • Helping Hands of Springfield- $5,100
  • University of Illinois, Springfield Stars Food Pantry – $5,000
  • Midwest Youth Services- $4,000
  • The Salvation Army Clear Lake Corps and Community Center-$25,000
  • Springfield Branch NAACP- $25,000
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois- $19,000
  • The Outlet- $18,000
  • Pregnancy Care Center of Springfield, Inc.- $10,000
  • YMCA of Springfield- $6,500
  • Panhandle Food Pantry- $6,000
  • Jacksonville Area Community Food Center- $5,000
  • Pure Haven Family Resource Center- $5,000
  • Kemmerer Village- $4,500
  • Capital City Coalition- $1,500
  • Helping Hands of Springfield- $23,000
  • C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation- $20,000
  • Mu Delta Lambda Charitable Foundation- $15,000
  • Hispanic Women of Springfield- $10,000
  • West Central Illinois Health Corporation- $10,000
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Illinois- $7,500
  • Hope Clinical Care- $7,500
  • Educational Center for the Visually Impaired- $5,000
  • Faith Ministries International Inc- $5,000
  • Fresh Visions Community Church- $5,000
  • Loami Area Community Pantry- $5,000
  • Menard County Food Pantry- $5,000
  • Union Baptist Church- $5,000
  • Third Presbyterian Church- $2,000
  • Christian County YMCA- $3,750
  • Senior Citizens Center of Christian County- $3,750
  • Community Action Partnership- $3,750
  • The Salvation Army — Lincoln Extension- $3,750
  • SHADOW Home- $1,575
  • Academic Development Institute -Lincoln Parents’ Center- $1,000
  • CTF Illinois- $1,000
  • Humane Society of Logan County- $1,000
  • Lincoln Elementary School District #27- $1,000
  • Oasis Senior Center- $1,000
  • Community Mission Center- $818
  • Midland Area Food Pantry- $818
  • Camp New Hope- $656
  • Five Loaves And Two Fish Food Pantry- $564
  • Taylorville Ministerial Association Emergency Vouchers- $475
  • 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

Total Amount Awarded To Date: $582,500

Local agencies can apply for grants here

How to Donate

Tax-deductible contributions to the COVID-19 Response Fund for the Greater Capital Region of Illinois can be made through the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln or the United Way of Central Illinois. 100% of your contribution will be directed to the COVID-19 Response Fund.

United Way of Central Illinois

Donations can be made by texting “HELPNOW” to 40403 or online HERE.

Checks made payable to the COVID-19 Response Fund can be mailed to:

United Way of Central Illinois
1999 Wabash, Suite 107
Springfield, IL  62704

Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln

Donations can be made online HERE. On the second page of the donation form, designate the COVID-19 Response Fund.

Checks made payable to the COVID-19 Response Fund can be mailed to:

Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln
205 S. Fifth St., Suite 530
Springfield, IL  62701

How to Apply for Funding

The Fund will not be able to provide grants to individuals. However, it will support community-based organizations that have experience providing essential services and support to local residents.

If you are a nonprofit in the greater capital region facing financial burdens from the COVID-19 crisis – the COVID-19 Response Fund grant application process is now open!

Grants will be administered by the Community Foundation in partnership with the United Way and in close collaboration with other partners. Together, we will proactively identify potential grant recipients, solicit guidance on potential recipients from community advisors, and recommend final grants.

Funds will be released on a rolling basis as needs emerge and fundraising permits. No administrative fee will be applied to the Fund. Any monies remaining in the Fund at the conclusion of these funding decisions will be saved and applied to a future crisis affecting the greater capital region.

About the COVID-19 Response Fund

Hosted by the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln in partnership with United Way of Central Illinois, the COVID-19 Response Fund will provide resources to local nonprofit organizations in response to coronavirus in our region. The Community Foundation and United Way have seeded the fund with $50,000. The Fund has been established in coordination with Sangamon County Office of Emergency Management and Sangamon County Department of Public Health. The Fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible.

It is not the intent of this Fund to be the only vehicle for getting needed resources into the community at this time. Please continue to give to organizations you regularly support, and those that need your help at this crucial time. The Fund has been established to help facilitate getting more targeted resources into the community

Grants are administered in partnership with the Pandemic Community Advisory Group. Both the Community Foundation and United Way of Central Illinois are thankful for the members of this advisory group for sharing their expert knowledge and dedicating many hours of volunteer work since launching the fund.

Pandemic Community Advisory Group Members include:

  • John Stremsterfer (co-chair), Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln
  • John Kelker (co-chair), United Way of Central Illinois
  • Shelia Boozer, Springfield Public Schools District 186
  • Becky Gabany, Memorial Medical Center
  • Kim Luz, St. John’s Hospital
  • Dave Steward, SIU School of Medicine
  • Roe Stone, Community Volunteer
  • Wendi Wills El-Amin, SIU School of Medicine
  • Dan Wright, Sangamon County State’s Attorney


Questions and inquiries about the Fund can be directed to