City of Helena Covid Recovery Fund Grants Awarded to 30 Local Nonprofit Organizations

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The Helena Area Community Foundation awarded $320,367 in grants.

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:

Angel Fund

$10,000

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Montana

$13,667

Big Sky Institute for the Advancement of Nonprofits (BSI)

$10,000

Boy Scouts of America

$4,000*

Cohesion Dance Project

$8,860

ExplorationWorks

$4,550

Family Outreach Inc

$14,000

Family Promise of Greater Helena

$10,000

Florence Crittenton Family Services

$14,000

Friendship Center

$14,000

Good Samaritan

$14,000

Grandstreet Theatre

$14,000

Helena Area Friends of Pets

$2,240*

Helena Area Habitat for Humanity

$14,000

Helena Food Share Inc.

$10,000

Holter Museum of Art

$12,000

Lewis & Clark Humane Society

$10,000*

Merlin CCC

$5,500

Montana Budget & Policy Center

$14,000

Montana Children’s Foundation

$14,000

Montana Legal Services Association

$14,000

Montana Playwrights Network

$2,500

Montana Preservation Alliance, Inc. (DBA Preserve Montana)

$14,000

Musikanten Montana

$11,000*

Myrna Loy

$14,000

Premiere Dance Company

$5,000

Prickly Pear Land Trust

$13,050

Queen City Ballet Company

$10,000

UWLCA

$10,000

YWCA Helena

$14,000

*Provisionally Approved

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.

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