HELENA, Mont.— The Helena Area Community Foundation (HACF) and City of Helena are pleased to announce the selection of 30 local nonprofit organizations for grant funding related to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The City built the Recovery Fund from savings created by federal CARES Act reimbursement for already-budgeted expenses in the General Fund in 2020.
“The partnership with Helena Area Community Foundation was strategic,” said City of Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins. “The Foundation has an established grant award process that allows for a nimble, responsive and transparent method to get the funds distributed so these organizations that provide critical services and enrich our community can continue their good work.”
“This is the largest pool of grant funding we have ever administered,” said Emily Frazier, Executive Director of the Helena Area Community Foundation. “We are so honored that the city entrusted us as a steward of these funds, and we are confident that they will do a lot of good in our community.”
The following organizations were selected for funding, for a total of $320,367 in grants:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Montana
Big Sky Institute for the Advancement of Nonprofits (BSI)
Boy Scouts of America
Cohesion Dance Project
Family Outreach Inc
Family Promise of Greater Helena
Florence Crittenton Family Services
Helena Area Friends of Pets
Helena Area Habitat for Humanity
Helena Food Share Inc.
Holter Museum of Art
Lewis & Clark Humane Society
Montana Budget & Policy Center
Montana Children’s Foundation
Montana Legal Services Association
Montana Playwrights Network
Montana Preservation Alliance, Inc. (DBA Preserve Montana)
Premiere Dance Company
Prickly Pear Land Trust
Queen City Ballet Company
Evaluations of the grant applications were conducted in an open meeting on August 31, 2022 at the Lewis and Clark Library, and ratified by the HACF board of directors in an open meeting via Zoom on September 1, 2022.
In total, the City provided $402,000 to the Recovery Fund, with HACF receiving $14,000 to administer the funds. The HACF has planned a second cycle of grantmaking for later this fall to award the remaining $67,633 in the fund.
For more information on this and other funding opportunities, visit HelenaAreaCommunityFoundation.org.