Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. is making nearly $25 million in grants to 297 youth-serving organizations around Indiana. Lilly says the grants will help the organizations address the challenges they face due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Among those recipients is The Starke County Youth Club, Inc. (SCYC)
Lilly says it is making the grants through the Youth Program Resilience Fund, designed to offer support to a variety of organizations so they can better serve the needs of school-age children and youth.
The company says the grants will help with a range of expenses including:
Purchasing sanitation supplies, personal protective equipment and materials needed to promote social distancing.
Modest site modifications so organizations can deliver safe programs and services during the pandemic.
Improving technology to support remote learning, engagement and information sharing due to decreased in-person activities.
Support to meet increased general operating expenses, including hiring more staff and more planning and training about new safety protocols.
Engaging consultants to strengthen support for youth and their families most deeply affected by the pandemic.
SCYC will receive $17,000 and will use these funds to offset some of their COVID-19 losses and pay for the extra staff they have this year due to COVID. Some will be used for cleaning, PPE, supplies and technology for their new touchless entry / exit system.