Lewis-Clark Valley Healthcare Foundation announces 1st Round of Fast-Track Small Grant awards

“In a time of significant need, the Lewis-Clark Valley Healthcare Foundation is helping meet that need by awarding $183,865.90 in Fast-Track small grants to 24 area organizations during its 1st round of Fast-Track Grants,” said Desiree Prohaska, Executive Vice President & Chief Wealth Management Officer of Idaho Trust Bank, Trustee of the Foundation.

The Fast-Track small grant is a quick turnaround grant intended for small nonprofits that focus on health, wellness or disease prevention. Information and the application for Fast-Track Small Grants can be found on the Foundation’s website at lewisclarkhealth.org. Grant applications are reviewed and awarded monthly. The deadline to submit a Fast-Track grant application this year is May 31, 2023.

The Lewis-Clark Valley Healthcare Foundation funds grants to promote the health, wellness, or disease prevention of persons in the Foundation’s three-state, nine-county Service Area: Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis and Nez Perce in Idaho; Asotin, Garfield and Whitman in Washington; and Wallowa in Oregon.

Nonprofit organizations and government agencies from 14 cities in the three-state area are among the Fast-Track Small Grant recipients approved in April. The requests varied from replacement of a new Stoke Basket (Stretcher) to a new Weight and Strength Training Facility.

The Foundation’s larger Impact Grant season will open June 1, 2023. Applications will be available on the website on June 1 and are intended for requests up to $100,000. Priority is given to applications that demonstrate a commitment to long-term vision and projects that address the root causes that affect health, improve wellness, and help prevent disease. Impact Grant applications are due July 31.

“We really appreciate all of the hard work of the Foundation’s Board of Community Advisors who reviewed the Fast-Track grant applications and made grant award recommendations to the Trustee”, said Desiree Prohaska.

Here is the list of organizations that were recently awarded a Fast-Track small grant, the amount of the grant awarded, and what the funds will be used for.

  • Valley Community Center, Clarkston, WA $7,500, HVAC Replacement Project.
  • Red Door Food Kitchen/First Christian Church, Clarkston, WA $10,000, Operating Funds.
  • LaCrosse Park & Recreation, Lacrosse, WA $8,955.00, Main Pump Replacement at City Pool.
  • LC Crew, Lewiston, ID, $5,000, Shoes for Kids in need.
  • Glenwood Caribel Volunteer Fire District, Kamiah, ID $10,000, QRU Equipment Upgrade.
  • Friendly Neighbors Senior Citizens, Inc., Moscow, ID $5,000, Operating Funds.
  • Lacrosse Community Outreach, LaCrosse, WA $10,000, LaCrosse Community Outreach.
  • Rosalia Volunteer Firefighters Association, Rosalia, WA $10,000, Training Mannequin Project.
  • Wallowa Mountain Hells Canyon Trails Association, Enterprise, OR $3,000, Wallowa Mountain Exercise Trails Project.
  • Wallowa Mountain Hells Canyon Trails Association, Enterprise, OR $3,000, WMHCTA Member First Aid Training.
  • Clearwater County Free Library District, Weippe, ID $2,500, Move On in Libraries.
  • Kooskia Emergency Services, Kooskia, ID $4,510.90, Replacement of Stokes basket (stretcher).
  • Friends of Wallowa School District, Wallowa, OR $10,000, Wallowa Weight/Strength Training Facility.
  • Friendly Senior Citizens of Troy, Troy, ID $6,000, Gas for helpers/cooks and supplies for seniors and building rental.
  • Interlink, Inc., Clarkston, WA $10,000, Home Safety Materials Support.
  • Family Promise of Lewis Clark Valley, Lewiston, ID $10,000, New Foundation Shelter Program and Family Promise Diaper Bank.
  • Echo Hills Church, Lewiston, ID $5,400, AED Procurement.
  • Stone Bridge Reentry Services, Clarkston, WA $10,000 Fresh Start Program.
  • First Step 4 Life Recovery Center LTD., Lewiston, ID $10,000, Ruins 2 Recovery.
  • Juliaetta-Kendrick Good Samaritan Food Bank, Kendrick, ID $3,000, Juliaetta-Kendrick Good Samaritan Food Bank.
  • Tough as Nails, Rosalia, WA $5,000, Sustain and Maintain.
  • Homes of Hope, Lewiston, ID $10,000, Programs and Operations.
  • Willow Center for Grieving Children, Lewiston, ID $10,000, Grief Mental Health Support Groups.
  • Friends of the Joseph Firefighters, Enterprise, OR $5,000, Mass Casualty Response Kits.
  • Clearwater County Senior Citizens Inc., Orofino, ID $10,000, Walk-In Freezer Campaign.

The Lewis-Clark Valley Healthcare Foundation was established in 2017 by Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden as part of the sale of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center by Ascension Health to RCCH Healthcare Partners. Those eligible to apply for grants are nonprofit tax-exempt organizations with 501(c)(3) classification from the IRS, and governmental entities or government or public organizations described in I.R.C. § 170(c)(1) (political subdivisions of a state or federal government) or I.R.C. § 511(a)(2)(B) (state colleges and universities), even if it is not described in I.R.C. § 501(c)(3), provided that any grant to such governmental or public organization must be made exclusively for charitable purposes as described in I.R.C. § 170(c)(2)(B), subject to any additional limitations under 26 C.F.R. § 53.4945-5(a)(4), or corresponding provisions of any subsequent Federal tax laws.. All proposals must be for health, wellness, or disease prevention to qualify.

Idaho Trust Bank administers the Foundation as the Trustee.

For more information on the Foundation or the grant process, visit the Foundation’s website or contact Idaho Trust Bank at 208-664-6448.