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

August 24, 2020

The Lewis-Clark Valley Healthcare Foundation during June, July and August approved 21 Fast-Track Small Grants totaling more than $138,000 to area nonprofit agencies to help them deal with a variety of health-related issues.

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. This year, with the pandemic, the cap for grants in this category was doubled from $5,000 to $10,000. So far, the Foundation has awarded more than $330,000 in Fast-Track Small Grants this year.

Also, the Foundation’s Board of Community Advisors reviewed letters of intent for larger “Impact Grants” from organizations requesting up to $75,000 or more, and those approved have been notified to submit a full application, which is due on Sept. 1. The final decision on who receives the Impact Grants will be announced in early November.

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. The Idaho Attorney General’s office established specific guidelines for the grants and the Foundation’s Board of Community Advisors reviews and recommends the grants to be made. Those eligible to apply for grants are nonprofit tax-exempt organizations with 501(c)(3) classification from the IRS, or governmental entities, if used exclusively for charitable purposes of the trust. All proposals must be for health, wellness, or disease prevention to qualify.

Idaho Trust Bank has been designated as the foundation’s trustee.

For more information on the board or the grant process, visit the Foundation’s website (https://lewisclarkhealth.org/) or contact Idaho Trust Bank at 208-664-6448.

Here is the list of organizations that received Fast-Track Small Grants in June, July and August of this year, the amount awarded, and what it will be used for.
• Clarkston Lions Club, Clarkston, $1,900 for Lion’s Club eyesight and hearing assistance program.
• Lewis Clark District Council of St. Vincent De Paul, Clarkston, $10,000, Feed The Kids program.
• Moscow Central Lions Club Foundation, Moscow, $6,000, sight and hearing help
• LC Crew, Lewiston,$ 10,000, LC Crew Shoe Drive
• Prairie Mountain Nutrition, Inc., Cottonwood, $10,000, general operations
• Upriver Youth Leadership Council, Inc., Kamiah, $10,000, Wheels for Prevention
• Friends of Parks & Recreation in Asotin County, Clarkston,$10,000, partnering with schools to offer second grade swimming lessons
• Lewis Clark Amateur Hockey Association, Lewiston, $5,000, equipment purchase
• Garfield County Supercitizens, Pomeroy, $500, well-being of members and guests
• Release Prayer Ministries, Inc., Clarkston, $5,000, prayer counseling assistance
• 6th Street Senior Center, Clarkston, $4,200 , facility upgrades
• Reliance Center, Lewiston, $10,000, STD testing and treatment program
• Cornerstone Teen Center, Nezperce, $4,900, teen center food service
• Tough As Nails, Rosalia, $5,000, hospital/kit expansion
• Friends of Wallowa School District, Wallowa, $10,000, Wallowa High School Health Occupations Program of Study
• Kamiah Education Foundation, Kamiah, $3,800, student health and safety for the 2020-2021 school year
• LC-Valley Kiwanis Club, Lewiston, $1,000, Summer Reading Program “Snackpack”
• Family Promise of the Palouse, Moscow, $6,000 , Covid-19 alternative housing and services
• Divide Camp, Joseph, $6,000, operating support for Divide Camp services
• Rotary Foundation of Wallowa County Project Heartbeat, $9600, IMNAHA Responders Program
• Lewiston High School Health and PE Department, Lewiston, $10,000. IHT wearable technology and data management for connecting physical and mental health in education.