March 13, 2020

The Lewis-Clark Healthcare Foundation is pleased to announce the 2020 granting program. Grants are intended to promote the health, wellness, or 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 of up to $10,000. This grant is intended for small nonprofits that focus on health, wellness, or disease prevention; have an annual operating budget of less than $250,000; and have an emphasis on serving rural communities. Fast-Track Small Grant applications can be submitted throughout the year, beginning March 26, 2020. Grant applications are reviewed and awarded monthly until funds are expended. Applications will be available on the Foundation’s website

The Foundation’s larger “Impact Grants” are intended for requests up to $75,000 but the Foundation will consider compelling requests in any amount. Priority is given to applications that demonstrate a commitment to long-term vision, building partnerships, and projects that address the root causes that affect health, improve wellness, and help prevent disease. A letter of inquiry form for 2020 grants will be available on the Foundations website at, beginning March 16th, 2020. Final grants will be awarded by the Foundation to the most promising or needed programs.

The Community Needs and Opportunities Assessment conducted by Innovia (also available at our website. provides good information concerning the health care related needs in our region. Both the social determinants of a healthy community as well as direct access and the provision of health care are important factors. The Foundation looks forward to supporting non-profit agencies in responding to those needs.

Dr. John Rusche, Chairman of the Board of Community Advisors stated “We were impressed by the nonprofits and their grant requests last year when we were able to provide more than $800,000 to those serving our region. We are proud of the not-for-profits in our region, working though their programs and community volunteers to help their fellow residents. We plan on doing our best to help them help our residents again this year.”

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 determines the annual grants to be made. The Idaho Attorney General’s office set up specific guidelines as to which categories of organizations are eligible to apply and what kind of grants may receive funds. Those eligible to apply for grants are nonprofit tax-exempt organizations with 501(c)(3) classification from the IRS, and 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 by Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. Idaho Trust Bank administers this foundation. Foundation assets are invested to provide a multi-generational benefit for this region.



Dr. John Rusche, Board of Community Advisors for LCVHF, Chair at (208) 750-6048 or
Desiree Prohaska, Ex. Vice President & Chief Wealth Mgmt. Officer, Idaho Trust Bank, Trustee of LCVHF at (208) 771-2128 or