COVID-19 Response Fund Deadline July 24

July 14, 2020

Founded on March 26, 2020, the United Way of Illinois and the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations, in collaboration with the Office of Governor J.B. Pritzker, established the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund (ICRF) to raise funds from individual, corporate, and foundation donors to be disbursed to nonprofit organizations across the state serving individuals, families, and communities facing the greatest burden from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Given that COVID-19 continues to disproportionally impact Black and Latinx communities, for the final round of funding (outside Cook/Collar Counties), ICRF seeks applicants focused primarily on serving Black / Latinx communities and that are led by or are partners with organizations headed by Black / Latinx leaders. Successful applicants will have an innovative approach that provides basic needs and is designed to be sustainable.

Any organization or partnership that meets the eligibility requirements for this round may apply. The applicant must be a 501c3 public charity to receive the funds. The applicant can apply on behalf of a partnership comprised of one or more organizations. To apply, click here. The application deadline is 12 p.m. on July 24.

ICRF will hold a virtual Information Session on Wed., July 15 at 3 p.m. to walk through the application and answer questions from potential applicants. Register here.

If you are unable to attend the session, a recording will be posted on the ICRF website.  For more information, see the FAQs. Questions about the ICRF application functionality or content can be emailed to