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Round three of Emerging Needs Fund distributes another $250,000 in community support

In a third round of grant allocations through United Way of Rock River Valley's COVID-19 Emerging Needs Fund, 25 non-profit agencies in Winnebago County received $250,000.

The money is being used to alleviate difficulties and obstacles presented by the coronavirus pandemic, including the purchase of PPE, support for essential needs, counseling services for children, cash supplements for low income workers, and much more.


Click here for the complete list of organizations that received third round funding, and how they are using the money.


Interested in applying for round 4 grant allocations?

We are happy to announce that there will be a fourth round of grant allocations. The application process will open in July. Check back regularly at unitedwayrrv.org/covid-19 for more details on applying.

Grant applications are vetted and chosen by the 815 Community Response Team Grant Making Committee, which is made up of representatives from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, the Kjellstrom Foundation, the Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence and United Way of Rock River Valley and is part of the larger 815 Community Response Team, which also includes Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Transform Rockford and the Workforce Connection.

Priorities for funding include but are but are not limited to:

  • Housing
  • Utility and Rent Assistance
    • Medical Assistance
    • Prescription Assistance
  • Basic Necessities
    • Childcare
    • Food
    • Transportation
  • Resources for Human Service Organizations as they respond to their clients’ needs.

In order to be eligible for a grant allocation from the United Way COVID-19 Emerging Needs Fund, nonprofit agencies must:

  • Be a 501(c)(3) Organization
  • Be in operation and providing human services in Boone, Winnebago, Ogle or Stephenson counties for at least three years
  • Have an active, local Board of Directors comprised of nonpaid volunteers who meet at least quarterly
  • Maintain an annual operating budget
  • Agree to the Emerging Needs Fund Memorandum of Understanding
  • Comply in a timely manner to a request for information

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