United Way lands $11M in grants from Lilly Endowment

United Way of Central Indiana will receive more than $11 million from Lilly Endowment to boost its capital fund, combat poverty and provide professional development, the groups announced Thursday morning.

The majority of the award, $10 million, will go toward United Way’s capital fund, which will rise to $127.5 million after the gift.

United Way agencies have used the fund, which began in 2000 with a $60 million grant, to cover costs for more than 125 projects. Another dozen are in planning stages.

United Way will use $800,000 from another grant to develop a data source community planners can use to prevent and end homelessness.

The money will also pay for technical assistance and training to comply with the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act.

United Way will develop a demonstration project for intervening in families losing their houses.

A third grant, worth $488, 200, will support a 10-year-old professional development program for not-for-profits.

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