Innovia COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund Awards

Innovia Foundation announced 165 grants totaling $746,012 from the COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Funds for Eastern Washington and North Idaho.  Awards totaling $18,500 directly benefiting Shoshone County.Posted on June 16, 2020

Innovia Foundation today announced 165 grants totaling $746,012 from the COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Funds for Eastern Washington and North Idaho.

This is the second round of grants from the Response and Recovery Funds and is directed to nonprofit and grassroots organizations, as well as tribal entities, schools and other government agencies, that are on the front lines of the COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. Grants focused on childcare and youth, food assistance needs, support for immigrant and refugee communities, mental health resources and small business support.

The COVID-19 Response and Recovery Funds are hosted at Innovia Foundation in partnership with Empire Health Foundation and Spokane County United Way in Eastern Washington, and Equinox Foundation and Avista Foundation in North Idaho.

Grants from the COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Funds are administered in partnership with regional community advisory groups consisting of residents and leaders from health, business, education and human services sectors. Thanks to the generosity of local, regional and national funding partners, the funds for Eastern Washington and North Idaho have surpassed $2.7 million.

Businesses, individuals and organizations can donate and find additional information about the COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Funds for Eastern Washington and North Idaho at

Establishing Partners:

“The amount of money raised because of the generosity of our community is inspiring. The ability to distribute dollars quickly to nonprofits in our community that are working daily to support families during these difficult times is a priority for Innovia Foundation, Empire Health Foundation and United Way,” said Spokane County United Way President and CEO Tim Henkel. “We all know there is more work to do to support the most marginalized and low-income members of our community who are adversely affected by this outbreak and we will continue to partner to strengthen people’s ability to respond and recover.”

“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we remain very concerned about ongoing health and financial impacts, particularly among communities of color. Our second-round funding priorities are largely focused on organizations serving adults and children in these communities, where deep disparities remain,” said Empire Health Foundation Interim President Jeff Bell. “I want to thank the Spokane County COVID-19 Advisory Committee and funders’ staff for the tremendous work in making difficult and thoughtful decisions.”

“These funds are helping to address the urgent, basic needs that have surfaced during the COVID-19 global pandemic and Better Health Together is glad to contribute. We see this as a starting point for community collaboration,” said Better Health Together Executive Director Alison Poulsen. “We challenge funders and leaders to address systemic racism that exacerbates health inequities in our communities of color.”

“The second round of COVID-19 grants continues to address the most urgent needs in our region and supports organizations doing the work on the ground,” said Innovia Foundation CEO Shelly O’Quinn. “As our region enters into the recovery phase, we are reminded of the strength of community and collaboration as we collectively make these grants thoughtfully and strategically with over 100 regional volunteers and trusted voices.”

“Equinox Foundation is proud to be part of this collaborative effort,” said Equinox Foundation Board President Julie Meyer. “The partners and funders involved recognize that we can have greater impact by working together and are committed to assisting the most marginalized and vulnerable members of our community who are adversely affected by this outbreak.”

“This crisis has further exposed and deepened the economic and health inequities in our region. Our funding partners recognize this reality and have prioritized many of these funds to support organizations that are trusted in their communities to address the needs of our most vulnerable citizens,” said Todd Kiesbuy, Avista’s Regional Business Manager for North Idaho. “These resources will be directed to the people who need it most. The level of cooperation and communication among the funders is truly remarkable and Avista is honored to be part of this effort.”

For the full list of grantees visit Innovia.

Shoshone County Recipients

Economic Development
to provide small business support for Benewah and Shoshone County

Lutherhaven Ministries, Inc.
to provide lunch and snacks for the Osburn and Pinehurst summer day camps serving 100+ 3rd – 6th graders over a three-week period

Shoshone Medical Center Foundation
to provide backpacks with school supplies and clothing vouchers for school-aged kids

Silver Valley Christian Academy
to provide PPE for summer and fall programming in support of student academic recovery

Silver Valley Economic Development Corporation
to support general expenses for the organization to fulfill its mission in response to COVID-19

Team Wallace
to provide breakfast for youth through Mom’s Vintage Eatery for the summer months

Wallace District Arts Council
to support coordination with the Silver Valley Economic Development Council on marketing, advertising and promotion of blues festival circuit for the summer 2020

Heritage Health
to provide funding for VOIP Licenses and platform expenses needed to provide telehealth for all patients in the entire service region of Kootenai, Shoshone and Benewah Counties

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