City, United Way offer program to help not-for-profits land PPE supplies

The city of Indianapolis and United Way of Central Indiana have partnered to provide grants to not-for-profit organizations purchasing personal protective equipment to help them reopen their doors to employees and clients.

The city set aside $2 million of its federal Coronavirus Relief Funds to fund the program, which will award up to $5,000 to organizations for reimbursement of purchases of personal protective equipment, disinfectant products and capital improvements needed to maintain safety measures for social distancing.

United Way will serve as the administrator and distribute the funds to not-for-profit organizations.

To receive the grants, organizations must be located in Marion County, have achieved a 501(c)(3) status from the state of Indiana prior to Feb. 15; purchased PPE and other health and safety items as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; and submitted all receipts.

Purchases made between March 16 and Aug. 15 will be eligible for reimbursement.

“As our city continues the reopening process, residents will be seeking out more of the local nonprofit organizations that keep our community together,” Mayor Joe Hogsett said in written comments. “I encourage any Marion County 501(c)(3) nonprofit to apply for these funds, to protect the health of employees and residents while they administer and use these crucial services.”

Organizations can begin applying for the grants Tuesday. Each not-for-profit is limited to one application, and grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

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