Press Release: COVID-19 Response Fund Awards $40,000 in Second Week of Grantmaking

SPRINGFIELD – The Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln and United Way of Central Illinois announced today the second round COVID-19 Response Fund grant recipients. In total, $40,000 was awarded to the following organizations:

• 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

Thus far, a total of $70,000 in grants have been awarded, including last week’s distribution of $30,000 to Central Illinois Foodbank.

Donors have now contributed and pledged over $200,000 to the COVID-19 Response Fund, including $50,000 in seed funding from the Community Foundation and United Way.

New funding partners since last week include Meijer, Horace Mann, Anderson Electric, Schnucks, H.D. Smith Foundation, Friend-in-Deed, and the Jane & Paul Ford Family Fund and Springfield Electric Supply Company Fund at the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln.
All individual and corporate donors are being recognized on both the Community Foundation and United Way of Central Illinois’ websites.

Grants will be announced on a weekly basis as fundraising permits. 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 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

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, visit the Community Foundation at or the United Way by texting “HELPNOW” to 40403 or at