Emergency Relief Fund Grant Award Recipients to Date

Florence Crittenton Home and Services: $1500

Helena Family YMCA: $2000

Volunteers of America of Northern Rockies: $2000

Family Outreach: $2000

Family Promise of Greater Helena: $2000

West Mont:$2000

YWCA Helena: $2000

Intermountain Deaconess Children’s Hospital: $2000

The Shop University: $500

Good Samaritan Ministries: $2000

The Friendship Center: $2000

Child Care Connections: $2000

The Holter Museum: $2000

Montana Legal Service Association: $2000

 Life Houses Inc.: $2000

Special Olympics Montana: $2000

Cohesion Dance: $2000

The Power House (Lincoln, MT): $2000

North Jefferson County Library District (Clancy, MT): $2000

The Joint Grants Committee, made up of representatives from both the Helena Area Community Foundation (HACF) and United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area (UWLCA), is pleased to release funding to nonprofits who are responding to the crisis in innovative and thoughtful ways. Each grant request told a story, from organizations transitioning to delivering counseling, exercise, and recovery programming via online communications, to innovative ways of providing housing, to building and sharing art packs with other organizations. For our initial rounds of funding, organizations had to be providing direct services to clients or residents, and either were responding to an increase in demand due to COVID-19 or who are having trouble meeting their usual demand due to decline of revenue related to COVID-19. Grants were prioritized on the urgency of the need and whether or not the organization was serving seniors, children and/or vulnerable populations in the areas of food, housing, transportation, childcare, or healthcare access.


We are still accepting applications under this criteria. Any nonprofit in Lewis and Clark, Broadwater, or Jefferson County with an urgent need is invited to apply as soon as possible.

New Grant Criteria in the “Rebound and Reopen” phase of funding will be released on May 15, 2020.