Empire Health Foundation Announces the 2018 Responsive and Rural Aging Grantees

SPOKANE, Wash.– Empire Health Foundation (EHF) has announced the results of the 2018 Responsive and Rural Aging Responsive Grant Programs. This year, the EHF Board of Directors approved the funding of 36 projects totaling 358,110 dollars. The grant programs serve EHF’s seven-county region of Adams, Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Spokane and Whitman Countiesincluding the Kalispel Tribe of Indians, Spokane Tribe of Indians and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservations. 

Some grantees include:

  • 15,000 dollars to the Spokane Eastside Reunion Association to launch a youth workforce development program, which will build academic skills and resiliency, two proven protective factors for youth facing violence, poverty and trauma. 
  • 13,000 dollars to the Spokane Tribe’s Wellpinit Elementary School to enhance cultural identity, which will improve students’ overall psychological wellbeing and academic outcomes.
  • 13,000 dollars to Rural Resources Community Action to ensure rural access to clean and hot water.
  • 7,000 dollars to the Hispanic Business Professional Association to conduct a Health Needs Assessment for and with the Latinx/Hispanic communities in Eastern Washington. 

During the 2018 cycle, 143 applications were submitted, totaling over 1.7 million dollars in requests for grants. Of the 36 approved grants, 20 are Responsive grants totaling 200,000 dollars and 16 are Rural Aging Responsive grants totaling 158,110 dollars. 85 percent of the Responsive grants will address diversity and equity measures in our region to advance health for all. View the full list of grantees here.

“This year, we received applications for projects from throughout the seven counties and three tribal areas where we work to measurably improve health. The diversity of proposals informs us of what communities want and need to become overall healthier places to live and work," said Mary Selecky, Co-Chair of EHF’s Strategies, Policies & Communications Committee.

The Responsive Grants Program is designed to address one-time, emergent needs. Nonprofits, religious institutions, behavioral health organizations and government agencies may apply for funds up to 15,000 dollars. The Rural Aging Grants Program also provides up to 15,000 dollars of funding, but with a focus on one-time projects designed to help older adults in rural communities live full, meaningful lives with independence and dignity.

About Empire Health Foundation:

Empire Health Foundation is a private health conversion foundation formed in 2008 through the sale of Deaconess and Valley Medical, a nonprofit hospital system in Spokane. Stewarding philanthropic assets totaling approximately 77 million dollars, the Foundation invests in ideas and organizations that improve health access, education, research and policy to result in a measurably healthier region.