SASi recieves grant from COVID-19 Fund of Idaho

| May 5, 2020 1:00 AM

Now in its third week of grantmaking, the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund for Idaho has approved nearly $825,000 for organizations throughout Idaho that are helping low-income individuals and families experiencing homelessness or housing instability, food insecurity and/or domestic violence, along with those in need of physical or mental healthcare, and childcare.

In North Idaho, high-need grants will go to the following organizations. Needs are changing quickly, so organizations have flexibility to use the funds to meet their greatest needs.

In Bonner County, Sandpoint Area Seniors received a $10,000 to help with food and staffing expenses. The senior center’s mission is to provide all senior citizens over the age of 50 with nutritional meals and to serve as a gathering place and informational site for social, recreational and wellness programs.

One organization received a grant for its statewide efforts:

Community Council of Idaho received a $25,000 grant for rental or mortgage assistance, food boxes for individuals and families and employment assistance for those who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. CC Idaho is the largest nonprofit serving Latinos in Idaho with a goal to strengthen families in the state’s communities by offering opportunities in education, health, housing, employment and legal services.

Grant applications were reviewed by a rapid response team and approved by a steering committee. Both are comprised of local community members, nonprofit leaders and others. Final approval comes from the ICF Board Executive Committee.

The COVID-19 Fund for Idaho received significant support from foundations, companies and individuals throughout Idaho. Lead Funding Partners are: Micron Foundation and Micron’s Boise team members, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Wells Fargo Foundation and Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health.

To give: All donations received will go to organizations helping those in need.

The partners in the effort are: Idaho Community Foundation, Idaho Nonprofit Center, United Way of Treasure Valley and United Ways throughout Idaho, including: Twin County United Way (Lewiston), United Way of Idaho Falls and Bonneville County, United Way of Moscow/Latah County, United Way of North Idaho, United Way of South Central Idaho and United Way of Southeastern Idaho.