Community Foundation COVID-19 Coronavirus Response

Nov 11, 2020 – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and increased demand for mental health services, the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County has awarded eight grants totaling $150,000.

Grant funding will be used to enhance or expand the capacity of health programs and services to provide mental, emotional, and behavioral health supports in Monroe County. Read More.

Aug 7, 2020 – The Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County has created a new funding initiative to address child care costs and the need for virtual learning resources. The Learning Equity and Resource Needs for Children and Families (LEARN) Fund will help ensure Monroe County children and families have the resources needed for children to learn effectively despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first proactive grant from this fund is a $30,000 grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington (BGCB) to immediately subsidize child care costs for school-aged children. Thanks to grant support to this program from the new LEARN Fund, costs to families for the BGCB child care program will be $20 per week per child. Families interested in this program can find more information at Read More.

The Community Foundation welcomes donations to the LEARN Fund. Visit to make a gift. You can also call the Community Foundation at (812) 333-9016 to make your gift over the phone.

May 19, 2020 – Thanks to the generosity of Community Foundation donors and the Lilly Endowment through the United Way of Monroe County’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, we were able to open a third funding round of COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants on May 7. In the third round, 24 grants were awarded to support Monroe County nonprofits with grants of up to $2,500. To see the list of grant awards, go to

April 11, 2020Community Foundation COVID-19 Update

March 22, 2020Community Foundation COVID-19 Response Plan


Additional Resources


COVID-19 Resources for Children and Familes

In response to local schools delaying in-person learning due to COVID-19, Monroe Smart Start has put together helpful resources for families with school-aged children and early learners in Monroe County. View the resources.

These resources are a part of the Community Foundation’s Learning Equity and Resource Needs for Children and Families (LEARN) initiative. The purpose of this initiative is to help ensure Monroe County children and families have the resources needed for children to learn effectively despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.


COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Launched for Monroe, Owen, Greene Counties

The Community Foundation is proud to support the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund.

“We can think of no greater priority today than for this community to ensure that the basic needs of all our friends and neighbors are being met,” shared Tina Peterson, President and CEO. “The Community Foundation is grateful for the opportunity to join organizations and individuals from across the community in supporting the United Way’s Emergency Relief Fund. In the coming days, we will be exploring other emerging needs that are becoming apparent and will determine what else we should be doing during this critical time for our community.” Read more about this fund.

COVID-19 Resources for Monroe County 

The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce has a comprehensive resource site with local, state and federal information on COVID-19 and its impact on our community. Resources include government updates, nonprofit help, virtual meeting support, HR & legal resources, health resources, and much more. 



Helping Bloomington Monroe

Launched this year by the Bloomington Health Foundation, City of Bloomington, and the Local Council of Women, Helping Bloomington Monroe is a website that can assist our friends and neighbors find local information about health care, food assistance, social services, and more.



Volunteer Network COVID-19 Response Hub

Looking for ways to help? Visit City of Bloomington Volunteer Network’s COVID-19 Response Hub for updated volunteer opportunities, items requested by nonprofits, and how to donate.



Childcare Worker Call Out!

The Monroe County Childcare Taskforce is seeking healthy childcare workers or those with relevant youth experience for paid employment opportunities.

To support working families and employers, the Community Foundation’s Monroe Smart Start program has developed a tool for healthy childcare workers or others with childcare experience to sign up for employment.

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The Mill Navigation Center

In 2018, the Community Foundation awarded an impact grant to the Mill for programs aimed at facilitating the entrepreneurial growth in our community. With a portion of the funding not yet utilized, we worked with the Mill to repurpose some grant funding for the creation of The Navigation Center.

The Mill has recruited business experts to answer emails, take phone calls, and respond to online questions to more directly help those affected to keep their businesses afloat in this time of crisis.


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