ERI Application

A single application 
A single application will be reviewed by a team from across Noble County and you’ll get a single, direct response after review. During Phase One, priority will be given to community-based organizations providing basic needs services to people who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from this crisis. As the situation evolves, so will the grantmaking so that the funds remain flexible and responsive.

Focus areas include: 

  • Childcare (especially for healthcare workers and first responders)
  • Food security
  • Support for those most at-risk, including children birth to age 8 and the elderly
  • Community advocacy

Grant Eligibility
Based upon the charitable structure of the UWNC Economic Relief Initiative, grants are limited to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools and other public entities.

*We are not able to fund individuals or businesses directly, labor unions, or other 501(c)4, 501(c)5, and 501(c)6 organizations. Aid to individuals will be handled through nonprofit organizations in our region with established processes for determining need.

Granting Approach
The UWNC, in consultation and partnership with other community entities, will administer grants from the fund in phases to help address immediate needs and short-term and longer-term impacts of the outbreak and recovery. As we move into Phases 2 & 3, we will be asking applicants to provide SMART goals:






How grants will be awarded
Grants will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis. This will make it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in subsequent granting phases. Grants from the ERI fund will be reviewed and approved by a team consisting of representatives from across Noble County and UWNC board members.  Recipients of grants will be asked to submit a brief summary of how the grant dollars were used related to the crisis relief, response or recovery efforts.


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