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
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.