The Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln and United Way of Central Illinois 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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


Thank you to our local donors who have come together to support our region’s neighbors through the COVID-19 Response Fund. You can view the entire list of contributors here.


Questions and inquiries about the Fund can be directed to

News Releases

COVID-19 Response Fund Awards Nearly $50,000 in Third Week of Grantmaking (4/9/20)

COVID-19 Response Fund Awards $40,000 in Second Week of Grantmaking (4/2/20)

First Grant Deployed from COVID-19 Response Fund (3/25/20)
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