TERRE HAUTE -- The Wabash Valley Long-Term Disaster Recovery Coalition (WVLTDRC) and United Way of the Wabash Valley recently received a grant of $6 million from the 2008 Indiana Natural Disaster Fund to help support recovery work from the storms and floods in February and June.
Clay, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo counties were five of the 19 counties with funded projects. The total of the grants in the round of funding is $14.8 million.
The grants came from the 2008 IND Fund, which was established in June with a $45 million grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc., to the Indiana Association of United Ways (IAUW). The United Way or community foundation in each county proposed funding for projects ranging from helping individuals rebuild homes to reconstructing or repairing public facilities.
"Indiana's recovery efforts have been extraordinary in the way people have responded to the needs of local citizens and communities," IAUW President Roger Frick said. "An estimated 5,000 volunteers have been engaged in flood recovery work across the state since March."
The WVLTDRC with United Way of the Wabash Valley will use the money to aid families with unmet needs.
"It is exciting to see our five-county area come together to meet the needs of families in our communities," United Way Executive Director Troy Fears said. "We look forward to aid in rebuilding the lives of those affected by the floods."
"We have supported worthy projects from funds provided by Lilly Endowment to address the worst Indiana disasters in 100 years," IND Fund chairman and IAUW board member Larry Welker said. "As we have continued to be hit by rain and wind this year, all but six counties carry official disaster declarations."
Factors determining grant awards include local needs, available resources, the scale and type of the damage, local demographics and other funding commitments. Applications are based on the recommendations of local United Ways or community foundations, which work with other local groups to set priorities for the funds.