$54,998 awarded through Rural Strong Grant Program

Posted on July 18, 2019

Innovia Foundation awarded $54,998 through the recent Rural Strong Grant Program, funding programs throughout 9 counties in Eastern Washington.

The Rural Strong grant program at Innovia Foundation supports innovative programs addressing specific challenges and opportunities in rural Eastern Washington that work to improve access to education, promote health and wellbeing, support arts and culture, create economic opportunity and enhance the quality of life.

The Rural Strong Grant Program is funded in part from a $15,000 award from the Premera Blue Cross Premera Social Impact program, an investment to improve access to behavioral health solutions, particularly in underserved communities. An additional $40,000 was provided by an anonymous donor through the Seattle Foundation.

Other grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 will support the following organizations and programs in Eastern Washington. For more information about any of these grants, please contact Alicia Heiser at aheiser@innovia.org or 509-624-2606.

American Lung Association in Washington | $5,000 – Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille Counties
Wildfire Relief Project 2019

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lewis Clark Valley | $5,000 Asotin County
Clarkston Club Transportation Program

Cusick Community Development Association | $5,000 Pend Oreille County
Operating Expenses for fiscal year July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020

Partners with Families & Children | $2,700 Adams and Lincoln Counties
Children’s Advocacy Center Services to Adams and Lincoln Counties

Project Beauty Share | $5,000 Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille Counties
Rural Outreach Expansion Project

Second Harvest Inland Northwest | $5,000 Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille Counties
Rural Hunger Relief and Access to Healthy Food: Region 1

Second Harvest Inland Northwest | $5,000 Adams and Lincoln Counties
Rural Hunger Relief and Access to Healthy Food: Region 2 

Special Olympics Washington | $2,500 Adams County
Sports & Health – South East Programs

Special Olympics Washington | $4,000 Asotin County
Sports & Health – Adams County

The Spokane Symphony | $2,982 Adams and Lincoln Counties
Musical Time Machine, concerts for Fourth-Grade Students

The Spokane Symphony | $1,316 Whitman County
Musical Time Machine, concerts for Fourth-Grade Students

Valley Community Center | $3,500 Asotin County
The Senior Meal Program

Volunteer Food and Resource Center | $3,000 Stevens County
Summer Food Program 2019

Youth Emergency Services | $5,000 Pend Oreille County
The Mobil YES Project

Learn more about some of the grants awarded:

Special Olympics Washington
A $2,500 grant will aid Special Olympics Washington (SOWA) in expanding their Othello Dream Team in Adams County. The program began in 2018 with 4 athletes participating in track and field. Basketball, softball, and bowling will now be offered in addition to track and field, providing year-round athletic opportunity for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

The Othello Dream Team is led by a team of North Central Area program volunteers. These volunteers serve 464 children and adult participants in athletic programs across Adams, Okanogan, Douglas, Chelan, and Grant Counties. 35 athletes are expected to participate in Othello’s expanded year-round program this year.

“Our impact reaches far beyond the playing field – our athletes are five times more likely to have a job than their peers, helping to build inclusion beyond the ballfields and swimming pools. Our goal is to see communities of inclusion,” said Donna Lindsay, Development Manager, Grants, Foundations, Area Relations.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lewis Clark Valley

A $5,000 grant will aid the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lewis Clark Valley to fund the Clarkston Club Transportation Program in Asotin County. This program provides affordable and safe transportation to and from school to an average of 150 students per day.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lewis Clark Valley, established in 2003, serve many low-income children. There are currently 1200 members between the ages of 5-18, and an average of 151 youth who visit the Clubs per day.

If not for the Clarkston Club Transportation Program, students would often be left unsupervised or without quality care while their guardian(s) are still at work. This transportation program also provides the ability for children to safely attend programming after school or during the summer.

“By eliminating barriers such as transportation to and from school to afterschool program or summertime programming, our organization is accessing families and children who are in the most need,” said Layci, Peer Resource Development Coordinator.

American Lung Association:

A $5,000 grant will aid American Lung Association (ALA) in Washington in purchasing 15 HEPA air purifiers to distribute to low income older adults who have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille Counties.

ALA intends to prevent worsening symptoms caused by wildfire smoke before and during the 2019 wildfire season through this initiative. All residents who receive a HEPA air purifier will also receive educational materials on ALA resources and COPD management tools, especially during wildfire season.

During the 2018 wildfire season, ALA purchased and distributed 50 air purifiers and provided educational materials to 78 residents. This wildfire season, eligible residents who do not receive an air purifier will receive information on where one can be purchased.

Founded in 1974, Innovia Foundation is a community foundation that connects donor generosity to our region’s most pressing causes and collaborates with community partners to drive transformation across Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Through donor generosity, the Foundation’s assets have grown to over $130 million, and it has awarded over $75 million in grants to organizations throughout its 20-county region. For more information on Innovia Foundation and its work in the community, please visit www.innovia.org.