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Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund Announces Third Round of Grants

On May 20, the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund (ICRF) announced it distributed its third and largest round of funding thus far, an additional $6.275 million to 31 nonprofit organizations across the state. The Fund, which was established by the United Way of Illinois and the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations in collaboration with the Office of the Governor, today also announced it has raised more than $30.5 million from over 2800 donors since its launch on March 26th.

Funds are disbursed to nonprofit organizations across the state serving individuals, families and communities hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. With this most recent round, the ICRF has made grants of $16.7 million to 62 unique organizations. Including these organizations and those that they have re-granted to, ICRF has funded almost 800 unique organizations across the state of Illinois. The Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund, chaired by former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, will continue with additional rounds of grantmaking to nonprofits across the state to help Illinoisans through this crisis.

Grantees in northern Illinois include:

  • United Way of Rock River Valley - $250,000

  • Boone County Community Foundation - $100,000

  • Freeport Community Foundation - $100,000

  • Rochelle Area Community Foundation - $100,000

For this third round of funding, the ICRF expanded its approach to grantmaking, and used a datadriven process to identify the counties hit hardest by this pandemic – capturing both health and economic impacts. ICRF considered unemployment data, COVID-19 cases, percentage of vulnerable populations within the county, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to prioritize 57 counties in greatest need of support throughout the state.

Each of the local entities receiving these dollars will post guidelines for nonprofits to apply very soon. That information will be shared as soon as it is available at


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