Emergency Services Fund ~ COVID-19 Relief Grants

United We Help

We are committed to ensuring that the county’s most vulnerable families have the support they need to weather the short- and long-term impacts of the Coronavirus outbreak.  In response to this pandemic, our Board has made additional funds available through our long-standing Emergency Services Fund.  Businesses, organizations, and individuals have joined us to stand united by donating to our Emergency Services Fund.  Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, DTE Foundation, The Stebbins Family Fund, Consumers Energy Foundation, Franklin H. and Nancy S. Moore Family Foundation, Cynthia A. Rourke, Semco Energy, Chemical Bank (TCF), Mr. B. Scott Nill, Ms. Sharon Walby, MI Association of United Ways, and Meijer, Inc. have already contributed significantly to the fund.  These donations will greatly help to extend aid to St. Clair County residents as the community endures COVID-19 and recovers from the aftermath.

Emergency Services Fund ~ See how we are helping

The fund will be used for a multitude of efforts to help with recovery, including:

  • Food, housing, utility assistance (electric, gas, water)
  • Operational funding gaps for health and human service agencies
  • Access to services for vulnerable populations


Funds cannot be used retroactively on past purchases or services.
Funds cannot be used for personnel costs. 

Organizations and businesses that are not affiliated with United Way of St. Clair County:

Please click here: Emergency Services Fund Request to submit an application for funds.  Once there, please create a new e-CImpact account to proceed to the Emergency Services Fund Request application page.

Current Affiliated Organizations:

Please contact comm.impact@uwstclair.org prior to beginning the application process.

Currently, funding is not available for individuals.

If you have an individual request, or a request for a client's rent, utility, or emergency needs, please call 2-1-1 for referrals.  Resources continue to be in place to provide direct assistance to those who qualify.

United Way of St. Clair County has a dedicated COVID-19 Emergency Funding Response Committee committed to review requests weekly.

  • Funding is available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
  • All applications completed by 10 a.m. each Friday will be submitted into the review process.
  • Applicants may receive a set of questions from the COVID-19 Response Committee the Tuesday following Friday's submission.
  • Response(s) are due the next day, Wednesday.  Delayed responses will alter the timeline.
  • Applicants will receive a Funding Notification the following Monday.


  • Funds are intended to support established St. Clair County Residents.
  • It is critical for each applicant to justify and assure the request is unique to the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Duplication of services, and or programs, must be justified within the written application request.

It is recommended to incorporate the responses to the following questions within the application:

  • Is your request going beyond the normal services the organization is already providing?
  • What gaps have been recognized specific to COVID-19?
  • Are additional costs being incurred due to COVID-19?

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Please contact Brent Gillette with any program-related questions.