Lewis-Clark Valley Healthcare Foundation announces Fast-Track Small Grant awards

The Lewis-Clark Valley Healthcare Foundation  has approved $205,600 in Fast-Track Small Grants to 26 area organizations to help them deal with health issues, including some brought on by COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, LCVHF officials have announced.

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

The Fast-Track Small Grant, is a quick turnaround grant intended for small nonprofits that focus on health, wellness or disease prevention. With several nonprofit organizations struggling with funding during the pandemic, approximately  $500,000 is available this year in Fast-Track Small Grants, up nearly $150,000 from a year ago. Fast-Track Small Grant applications can be submitted through May 31. The grants are reviewed and awarded monthly.

Information and the application for Fast-Track Small Grants can be found on the Foundation’s website at lewisclarkhealth.org.

Nonprofit organizations and government agencies from 13 cities in the three-state area are among the Fast-Track Small Grant recipients approved  in April. The requests varied from training foster families to purchasing more emergency equipment for rural areas. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many organizations were unable to hold their usual fundraisers and requested financial help for their general operating funds.

The Foundation’s larger “Impact Grants” applications will be available on the website on June 1 and are intended for requests up to $75,000. 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. Community Advisors to the Foundation will review the Impact Grant applications and make grant award recommendations to the Trustee. The Trustee will notify the organizations that are selected for funding prior to November 15th.

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 its 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.

Here is the list of organizations that received Fast-Track Small Grants in March, the amount of the grant awarded, and what it will be used for.

  • Valley Community Center, Clarkston, $6,000, operating expenses occurred during COVID-19 shutdown
  • LC Crew, Lewiston, $10,000, shoes, socks and snow boots for children in the LC Valley in need
  • The Council on Aging & Human Services, Colfax, Wash., $10,000, hunger and senior nutrition needs in Whitman County
  • Willow Center, Lewiston, $10,000, operating funds for peer support group and grief resources.
  • Homes of Hope, Clarkston, $10,000 operating funds for expenses and training of foster families
  • JK Senior Mealsite, Kendrick, $7,500, kitchen cabinets for food storage.
  • Creating Memories for Disabled Children, Enterprise, Ore., $10,000, renovate vacation cabin
  • Rosalia Volunteer Firefighters Association, Rosalia, Wash., $3,000, CPR training
  • AbbaDaddy House Inc., Grangeville, $10,000, setting up a mental health office in Culdesac
  • Joseph Volunteer Fire Department, Joseph, Ore., $10,000, emergency medical services program
  • Reliance Ministries Inc., Lewiston, $10,000, STD testing and treatment program
  • NAMI Idaho, Lewiston, $10,000, Region 2 Crisis Intervention Team program
  • Sixth Street Senior Center, Clarkston, $10,000, capital expenses for renovations
  • Lewiston City Parks & Recreation, Lewiston, $10,000, Skinner Canyon Trail development at Community Park
  • Juliaetta/Kendrick Good Samaritan Food Bank, Kendrick/Juliaetta, $1,500, provide food to community families on an emergency basis
  • Chief Joseph Summer Camp, Joseph, Ore., $10,000, operating funds for summer camp
  • Juliaetta Community Improvement Association, Juliaetta, $10,000, updating the Juliaetta Community Center
  • Community on Call, Clarkston, $10,000, food distribution packaging, storage and preparation in Asotin County
  • Nez Perce County Board of Community Guardians, Lewiston, $5,000, operating funds to protect vulnerable adults
  • Life Choices Clinic, Lewiston, $10,000, operating funds
  • Clarkston Community Garden, Clarkston, $5,000, expand watering system and garden
  • LaCrosse Community Outreach, LaCrosse, Wash., food bank repairs and training
  • Whitman County Fire District 14, Colton, Wash., $9,100, quick response emergency medical supplies
  • LC Valley Kiwanis, Lewiston, $2,000, summer backpack program
  • Opportunities Unlimited, Lewiston, $4,000, automatic doors
  • Garfield County SuperCitizens, Pomeroy, Wash., $2,500, emergency preparedness