ROCKFORD — United Way of Rock River Valley recently announced that it, in collaboration with the 815 Community Response Team, has awarded $250,000 in the first round of grants.

The grants were awarded from its COVID-19 Emerging Needs Fund to 33 non-profit organizations in Boone, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties that are responding pragmatically to the needs of individuals affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic consequences.

United Way distributed $250,000 in this first round thanks to a donation from the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund, a collaboration between United Way of Illinois, the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations and the Office of Governor JB Pritzker. UWRRV was one of 30 Illinois organizations to receive an allocation from the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund.

Boone County recipients are Belvidere Family YMCA, $7,200; Boone County Council on Aging, $2,500; and The Salvation Army – Belvidere, $10,000.

Ogle County recipients are Mount Morris Loaves and Fishes Pantry, $1,000; Serenity Hospice, $2,000; and Rochelle Christian Food Pantry, $2,000.

Stephenson County recipients are Amity Day Care & Learning Center, $7,100; Boys & Girls Club of Freeport & Stephenson County, $7,000; CONTACT of Northern Illinois, $1,800; Faith Center – Freeport, $5,400; Freeport Area Church Cooperative, $7,200; Mother Hubbard’s Kiddie Cupboard, $800; Public Health Foundation of NW Illinois, $9,000; The Salvation Army of Freeport, $10,000; Norman C. Sleezer Youth Home, $5,500; and Voices of Stephenson County, $2,500.

Winnebago County recipients are Northern Illinois Food Bank, $25,000; Milestone, $8,000;Harlem Community Center, $17,000;Children’s Home & Aid, $15,000; Crusader Community Health Foundation, $5,000; Emmanuel Lutheran Church, $1,500; Family Counseling Services, $10,000; Lifescape, $10,000; Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, $5,000; One Body Collaborative, $6,000; Remedies Renewing Lives, $5,000; Rock House Kids, $2,900; Rock River Valley Pantry, $5,650; Rockford Rescue Mission, $9,950; The Salvation Army of Winnebago County, $12,000; Stepping Stones, $2,000; YMCA of Rock River Valley, $26,000; and Youth Services Network, $3,000.

Additional grants will be awarded on a monthly basis, as funds allow. The next deadline is May 1 .

For grant applications: