Innovia Foundation Receives $100,000 Premera Social Impact Grant

Posted on May 31, 2019

Innovia Foundation is the recipient of a $100,000 grant from Premera Blue Cross through its Premera Social Impact program. The grant is part of a $500,000 statewide investment by Premera to reach further in its efforts to improve access to behavioral health solutions, particularly in underserved communities.

Innovia Foundation is one of five community foundations across Washington receiving a grant.  The foundations will be stewards of Premera’s investments and will award grants to nonprofits addressing behavioral health and health equity in their respective communities.

Paul Hollie, who leads Premera Social Impact, explained the strategy. “Community foundations are well-positioned to identify and address their region’s problems. They are embedded closer to their communities, enabling them to leave a lasting impact.”

Innovia Foundation will distribute the funds through its existing community grants programs to support nonprofits addressing behavioral health and health equity in Eastern Washington.

“Our community grants are recommended by local volunteers who live and work in the communities we serve. Their participation in this process will ensure the Premera grant funds are increasing access to critical health programs and services for underserved populations In Eastern Washington,” said Innovia CEO Shelly O’Quinn.

In addition to Innovia, the following community foundations will each receive a $100,000 grant:

  • Community Foundation of Southwest Washington, in Vancouver, to invest in Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania counties.
  • Community Foundation of South Puget Sound, in Olympia, to invest in Lewis, Mason and Thurston counties.
  • Kitsap Community Foundation, in Silverdale, to invest in Kitsap and Mason counties.
  • Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, in Tacoma, to invest in Pierce County.