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    United Way Blackhawk Region
    P.O. Box 2780 Janesville, WI 53547
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Emergency Grants

Separate from United Way Blackhawk Region’s COVID-19 Action Fund, United Way annually makes emergency grant funding available to its funded partners in the event of a disaster, catastrophe, or crisis. At its meeting on April 2, 2020, United Way’s volunteer-driven Community Impact Council unanimously approved three emergency grants. These emergency grants pertain directly to hardships nonprofits are experiencing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Essentially, food pantries are not able to get what they need from their primary supplier. Instead, the agencies have to purchase, primarily proteins, from grocery stores. This is an unusual expense during a time when demand is significantly increased. 

  • ECHO, Inc.
  • Edgerton Community Outreach
  • YWCA Rock County

Media Release - April 3

COVID-19 Action Fund Grants

United Way will proactively identify potential grant recipients, solicit guidance on potential recipients from community advisors, and facilitate a volunteer-driven process to determine awards. To not further burden organizations providing vital services amid the pandemic, we have implemented a streamlined application process. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in our region.

We anticipate there may be multiple phases of funding to address both the acute needs and the longer-term impacts of the outbreak and recovery. In this first phase, we are prioritizing community-based organizations that are serving communities and individuals who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from this crisis. We are not able to prioritize organizations that have lost revenue or are likely to lose future revenue due to canceled events or programs, or larger public institutions that are strained by increased demand for services in the first rounds. We recognize these challenges, and as the crisis and long-term impacts continue to unfold, we will continue to tap the volunteer-driven Community Impact Council to assess and evolve our funding strategies.

The Fund priorities may evolve as our region adapts to the COVID-19 outbreak. We will continue to prioritize communities most impacted, recognizing deep and historic inequities that are likely to be magnified in times of crisis. Crisis philanthropy recognizes the need to provide immediate resources for triage, as well as the importance of recovery resources to ensure community resilience.

Round 1 Recipients

  • HealthNet of Rock County
  • Janesville Community Day Care Center
  • The Micah Project
  • YWCA Rock County

    Media Release - April 9

Round 2 Recipients

  • Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care
  • Family Promise of Greater Beloit
  • House of Mercy Homeless Center
  • YMCA of Northern Rock County

    Media Release - April 30

Round 3 Recipients

  • Janesville Boys and Girls Club
  • Reitred Senior and Volunteer Services (RSVP)

Media Release - June 24