Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced a partnership with United Way of Central Indiana to form a Nonprofit Restart Program to help Marion County nonprofits successfully re-open their facilities.
The partnership will support local nonprofit organizations with $2 million in federal funding to purchase personal protective equipment and other safety supplies.
“As our city continues the re-opening process, residents will be seeking out a greater variety of organizations and services,” Hogsett said. “Nonprofits are often the group, or the groups, that hold our community together.”
The Nonprofit Restart Program, for local 501(c)(3) nonprofits, will be available to applicants through Aug. 15 in the form of grants of up to $5,000.
“These grants are incredibly important to our nonprofit sector as they will go a long way to offset costs associated with critical safety supplies that none of us ever thought we would need to budget so many months ago,” said United Way President and CEO Ann Murtlow.
The grant money may be used to reimburse purchases of PPE, disinfectant products and capital improvements needed to maintain safety measures for social distancing.
The funds come from $80 million approved by the Indianapolis City-County Council for programming targeting residents most impacted by COVID-19.
“In every council district, in every corner of Indianapolis, the city’s nonprofit agencies have been out on the front lines strategizing new ways to serve the community in recovery and that’s a very powerful thing,” said Council President Vop Osili. “Members of the council were proud to help provide the PPE to our nonprofit partners that need the PPE to serve Indianapolis.”