HELENA, Mont. - Thirty non-profit organizations in Helena are receiving grant funding linked to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The grant funding was in partnership with the Helena Area Community Foundation (HACF) and the City of Helena.
“The partnership with Helena Area Community Foundation was strategic,” City of Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins said in a release from the City of Helena. “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,” Emily Frazier, Executive Director of the Helena Area Community Foundation, said in the release. “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 non-profits are receiving the allocated grant funding totaling $320,367:
|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|
|Family Outreach Inc||$14,000|
|Family Promise of Greater Helena||$10,000|
|Florence Crittenton Family Services||$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*|
|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|
|Premiere Dance Company||$5,000|
|Prickly Pear Land Trust||$13,050|
|Queen City Ballet Company||$10,000|
The grant applicants were assessed in a public meeting at the Lewis and Clark Library Aug. 31, and the HACF board of directors approved the applicants in another public meeting via Zoom Sept. 1.
"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," The city of Helena said in its release.
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