Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. is making nearly $25 million in grants to 297 youth-serving organizations around Indiana. Lilly says the grants will help the organizations address the challenges they face due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lilly says it is making the grants through the Youth Program Resilience Fund, designed to offer support to a variety of organizations so they can better serve the needs of school-age children and youth. Some of the organizations receiving support include the YMCA of Steuben County in Angola, the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County in Bedford, and the CASIE Center in South Bend.
“Youth-serving organizations are vital to the well-being of Indiana’s youth, their families and their communities,” said Ted Maple, the Endowment’s vice president for education. “We are inspired by ways in which the leaders of these organizations have responded to the tremendous challenges brought on by the pandemic. Although these grants cannot fully address all of the challenges these organizations face, we hope that the funds will help them continue to fulfill their missions and enhance the lives of Indiana’s youth.”
The company says the grants will help with a range of expenses including:
- Purchasing sanitation supplies, personal protective equipment and materials needed to promote social distancing.
- Modest site modifications so organizations can deliver safe programs and services during the pandemic.
- Improving technology to support remote learning, engagement and information sharing due to decreased in-person activities.
- Support to meet increased general operating expenses, including hiring more staff and more planning and training about new safety protocols.
- Engaging consultants to strengthen support for youth and their families most deeply affected by the pandemic.
You can connect with the full list of organizations by clicking here.