Lilly Endowment launches pandemic-related fund for youth-serving organizations

Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. on Tuesday announced plans to dedicate up to $20 million to organizations serving youth populations during the ongoing public health crisis.

The newly created Youth Program Resilience Fund will support organizations that work with those from 5 to 18 who are dealing with additional expenses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fund could be used to cover expenses such as purchasing sanitation supplies and personal protective equipment, the cost of minor site modifications to help organizations provide programs and services safely, technology improvements and additional staff members.

The grants will be targeted at organizations working with youth from low-income families, minorities or other populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19, or are facing other challenges that impact healthy development.

The new fund is part of $156 million the endowment has dedicated toward pandemic relief since March 2020.

“Indiana’s youth-serving organizations are critical to the development and well-being of our young people, who need safe places to stay, play, learn and socialize and caring people to attend to those needs, especially in these challenging times,” Ted Maple, vice president for education for the Lilly Endowment, said in a written statement. “We hope that this fund will help to strengthen and stabilize many of these organizations for the benefit of the youth they serve and also for their parents who need assurance that their youth are well cared for as they return to more normal working conditions when the pandemic restrictions lessen.”

Applications for the funding are due by Aug. 10.

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