COVID-19 Relief Initiative Coming to United Way of Miami County

Peru – United Way of Miami County is pleased to announce that it has been approved to receive a $225,000 COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative Grant, made possible through a partnership between Lilly Endowment, Inc. and Indiana United Ways, the state professional association of which United Way of Miami County is a member.  These special funds will be used to boost the efforts of selected area human and social service nonprofits on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

“United Way of Miami County has been a key convener and coordinator of our community’s response to meet human needs for decades. Even before this crisis, we knew that 28% or 1 in 4 families in Miami County were not able to make ends meet - despite working. Without a robust local nonprofit safety net, those needs are bound to become even more dire. Thanks to generous support from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., we are now more strongly positioned to help our community’s nonprofits deal with the immediate impacts of Covid-19,” said Marcia Minard Board Chair for United Way of Miami County.

The COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative Grant calls for United Ways that receive funding to leverage partnerships and relationships to better meet Covid-related essential and basic needs and to address Covid-19 critical issues as they emerge. The money will be used for grants for service organizations in Miami County. United Way of Miami County will begin accepting funding requests from area human and social service nonprofits in good standing no later than the middle of May.  Interested organizations will be able to consult United Way of Miami County’s website for guidance on funding intent and application instructions next month.


United Way of Miami County

13 E. Main Street, Peru, IN 46970

Contact #: 765-473-4240

Website: or Email: Debi Wallick at


Lilly Endowment Inc., is a private philanthropic foundation supporting the causes of religion, education and community development focusing its work in Indianapolis and the State of Indiana. For more information, contact Judith Cebula, Communications Director at

Indiana United Ways is the state association for United Ways in Indiana that supports thriving United Ways through capacity building, shared services, and partnering. For more information, contact Maureen Noe, President & CEO at