Lewis-Clark Valley Healthcare Foundation opens 4th year of grant cycle

The Lewis-Clark Valley Healthcare Foundation today announced the fourth year of its grant cycle will open with Fast-Track Grants on March 1 and the larger Impact Grants on June 1.

Last year, the Foundation awarded 63 grants totaling more than $1,120,000 in grants in the nine-county area it serves. The Foundation expects to award over a million dollars again this year in grants.

The charitable purpose of the Foundation is to promote the health, wellness, or disease prevention of persons within the Foundation Service Area in a manner that respects the religious, ethical, and more principles of the Roman Catholic Church and adheres to the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services. The Foundation Service Area includes nine counties: Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis and Nez Perce in Idaho; Asotin, Garfield and Whitman in Washington; and Wallowa in Oregon.

The Fast-Track Grant is a quick turnaround grant of up to $10,000 to support efforts and organizations that promote health, wellness, or disease prevention. These grants are intended for small, health and wellness focused nonprofits with annual operating budgets of under $250,000 that are serving the most rural communities. Applications can be submitted starting March 1, 2021. Fast-Track Grants are subject to eligibility, purpose, and available funds. Fast-Track Grant applications will not be accepted after May 31. Please visit https://lewisclarkhealth.org/fast-track-small-grants to learn more about our Fast-Track Grant and apply. 

Last year, the Foundation awarded more than $340,000 in Fast-Track Grants.

The larger Impact Grants are intended for requests up to $75,000. Priority will be given to applications that demonstrate a commitment to long-term vision and projects that address the root causes that affect health, wellness, and help prevent disease.

The application to apply for a large Impact Grant will be available on the website at https://lewisclarkhealth.org/impact-large-grants on June 1, 2021. Community Advisors to the Foundation will review the large Impact Grant applications and make grant award recommendations to the Trustee. The Trustee will notify organizations that are selected for funding before November 15th.

The Foundation awarded more than $625,000 in Impact Grants in 2020.

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. Idaho Trust Bank is the Trustee of the Foundation. A Board of Community Advisors reviews grant applications and recommends grants for approval by the Trustee.

  • The Foundation is restricted to making grants to Qualified Organizations. Those eligible to apply for grants are defined as: (a) A charitable organization exempt under I.R.C.§501(c)(3); or (b) a governmental or public organization 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 grant requests must be for health, wellness, or disease prevention to qualify.

For more information on the grant process, visit the Foundation’s website at https://lewisclarkhealth.org/.