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.
Upriver Youth Leadership Council, Inc., Kamiah, $10,000, Wheels for Prevention
Cornerstone Teen Center, Nezperce, $4,900, teen center food service
Kamiah Education Foundation, Kamiah, $3,800, student health and safety for the 2020-2021 school year.