LEWISTON, ID - Representatives of the Lewis-Clark Valley Healthcare Foundation have opened their second year grant cycle. In addition to the Impact Grants awarded last year, they are adding a second type of grant request, a “Fast-Track” for smaller grants, during the second year grant cycle. The Foundation anticipates giving away approximately $700,000 in total grant funds this year, while making $150,000 of the grant funding available through this new “Fast-Track” program.
The Foundation accepts grant funding requests to promote the health, wellness, or disease prevention for residents and communities 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 new grant, a Fast-Track Small Grant, is a quick turnaround grant of up to $5,000. 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 at any point during the year and may be awarded on a monthly basis until the funds available run out. Grant applications will be reviewed and awarded monthly. The grant application process opens July 1 and the application can be found on the foundation’s website Lewisclarkhealth.org.
The larger “Impact Grants” are intended for requests up to $75,000 but the foundation will consider compelling requests in any amount. Priority will be given to applications that demonstrate a commitment to long-term vision, building partnerships, and projects that address the root causes that affect health, wellness, and help prevent disease.
With the larger impact grants, a two-step process is followed. A letter of inquiry form, which can be found on the foundation’s website at Lewisclarkhealth.org, must be filled out and submitted electronically, through email, or through regular mail. Letters of inquiry will be accepted starting on July 1, 2019 and must be received by midnight on August 1, 2019, to be considered.
The Board of Community Advisors will review the letters of inquiry and will invite those it deems most promising to complete a full grant application packet in September. Organizations that are selected for funding will be notified in early December, and the grant money will be distributed by year end.