Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund

Supporting local nonprofit organizations serving our region’s most vulnerable neighbors

The region's health and human service organizations are experiencing a surge in demand for services from neighbors and communities significantly impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

It’s critical that these organizations have the resources they need to continue to operate at the highest capacity. Your donation will support the agencies that are ensuring our neighbors can access basic needs in this time of crisis.

About the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund

In collaboration with the City of Chicago, The Chicago Community Trust and United Way of Metro Chicago launched the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund to unite the funds raised by Chicago’s philanthropies, corporations and individuals to be disbursed to nonprofit organizations across the region.

As we are individually taking steps to protect our own families, workplaces and neighborhoods from the effects of the virus, let’s not forget the impact this will have on our neighbors. Missing paychecks, the inability to pay rent, and a lack of access to food and essential supplies are realities that many in our region will have to face in the coming weeks. Please join us in supporting our neighbors across the City of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

If your organization is interested in submitting an application for funding, click here.

For answers to frequently asked questions about the fund and general contact information, please click here.

Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund Supporters

Thank you to our partners who have come together from philanthropy, government, and business to support our community through the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund.

Founders:
(as of 7.7.20, 10:00am):
Anonymous (4) I The Allstate Foundation I Bank of America I Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois I BMO Harris Bank I CDW I Chicago Bears I The Chicago Community Trust I The Coleman Foundation I The Crown Family I Cubs Charities I DeBock Eccles Foundation I Discover Financial Services I Enova I Exelon and ComEd I The Field Foundation I First Midwest Bank I Healthy Communities Foundation I The Hearst Foundations I Interactive Brokers Group I ITW I JB and MK Pritzker Family Foundation I The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation I The Joyce Foundation I JPMorgan Chase & Co. I The Knight Family Foundation I Madison Dearborn Partners I Northern Trust I PepsiCo I PNC I Polk Bros. Foundation I Pritzker Foundation I Pritzker Traubert Foundation I RRF Foundation for Aging I The Robert R. McCormick Foundation I Saving Our Selves: A BET COVID-19 Relief Effort and United Way Worldwide I Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust I Target I Walder Foundation

View our growing list of donors on our supporters page.

In Partnership With

Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund Equity Statement

The COVID-19 pandemic has touched every corner of our region. The Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund was created to address the needs arising from this unprecedented event, and support those impacted. While many are experiencing hardship, anxiety, and health concerns, we know that this crisis disproportionately impacts black and brown communities. The health disparities faced by Black communities and the uncertainty felt by mixed-status Latinx communities have been exacerbated by the novel coronavirus.

The partners behind the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund are also troubled by the rise in racism directed toward the Asian American community in connection with this global public health crisis. There is never a place for xenophobia in our city, and it is particularly distressing at a time when so many people are struggling. We urge people to reject false narratives about the Asian American community and remember that all of our neighbors deserve the same respect and protection at this difficult time.

We have been heartened by the way Chicago has come together to raise resources and look out for each other, and take our donors’ trust seriously. That is why, through our grant-making process, we’re prioritizing nonprofits and community organizations that serve the most vulnerable populations, ensuring an equitable process for all applicants. These issues can't be ignored and, although differently, they affect all of us who call Chicago home.

Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund FAQs

Your donation will help provide increased access to emergency food and basic supplies, rent and mortgage assistance, utility assistance, direct financial assistance for household supplies, and nonprofit safety and operations assistance.

All funds will be allocated to local nonprofit organizations who will disperse services and supplies. A list of funded nonprofit agencies included in the initial round of funding is located on the grants page. Individuals and families in need of support can visit www.liveunitedchicago.org to find support services near you.
Important: Please call all agencies prior to visiting to ensure they are still seeing clients in person and to confirm hours of operation.

If your organization is interested in applying to future funding cycles, please download the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund grant guidelines for additional details about how to apply to the Fund. As new funding cycles become available, they will be posted on this website. Please check back for updates.

Email chicagocovid19fund@liveunitedchicago.org with specific grant application questions. As new funding cycles become available, they will be posted on this website. Please check back for updates.

Yes! It can be difficult to navigate the various information channels and resource access points. That’s why we compiled a list of timely resources to support nonprofit organizations during this unprecedented time. The page will continue to be updated.

Yes. Other than a small credit card processing fee, 100% of all donations will go directly to support services and supplies for those in need.

All funds will be allocated to local nonprofit organizations who will disperse services and supplies. A list of nonprofit organizations receiving funds to date is located on the grants page. As the needs across the region continue to evolve, we will provide updates on organizations receiving funds. Please check back for updates.

The Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund is a general fund to support those most in need. We encourage you to give directly to any specific health and human service providers you would like to support.

Yes! Please recommend a grant through your donor advised fund sponsor to United Way of Metro Chicago, with the stated purpose Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund and indicate who it is from.

The goal of Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund (ICRF) is to support all of Illinois, especially regions that are not supported by the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund (CCRF) or other relief mechanisms. It is created to work in tandem with other funds around the state. ICRF works closely with CCRF and conceivably could allocate some funds in the Chicago / collar county area if the Steering Committee identifies needs not otherwise being met. However, the majority will be spent across the state.

QUESTIONS?

  • General questions & inquiries about the Fund can be directed to United Way of Metro Chicago’s COVID-19 Response Fund Processing Center at help@liveunitedchicago.org
  • For interested donors, please contact United Way of Metro Chicago’s Chief Development Officer Betsy Hughes at betsy.hughes@liveunitedchicago.org or Chicago Community Trust’s Sr. Director of Resource Development Joan Garvey Lundgren at jgarveylundgren@cct.org
  • For media inquiries and interview requests, please contact Kiara Goodwin at kiara.goodwin@liveunitedchicago.org or Nina Alcacio at nalcacio@cct.org
  • If you are an individual or family seeking assistance, please visit www.liveunitedchicago.org to find support services near you. Important: Please call all agencies prior to visiting to ensure they are still seeing clients in person and to confirm hours of operation.
  • To make a donation by stock, wire transfer or other assets, please contact the United Way of Metro Chicago COVID-19 Response Fund Donation Processing Center at help@liveunitedchicago.org or 312-906-2204.
  • To pay by check, please note “COVID Response Fund” on the check and make checks payable to United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. Please mail by US Postal Service to United Way of Metropolitan Chicago I 231196 Momentum Place I Chicago, IL 60689.
    If shipping by UPS, FedEx, or messenger service, please send to United Way of Metro Chicago I Fifth Third Wholesale Lockbox I Lockbox #231196 I 4900 W 95th Street I Oak Lawn, IL 60453.

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