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2016 EHF Responsive Grant Cycle Is Now Closed

In support of our vision to transform Eastern Washington into the state’s healthiest region, we hold an annual open request for proposals, which we call our Responsive Grant Program.  This program is designed to address one-time, emergent needs in our seven counties, and any nonprofit serving our region can apply for up to $15,000.  

This year's Responsive Grant Cycle is now closed.

Our region includes the counties of Adams, Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Orville, Spokane, Stevens and Whitman, as well as the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Kalispel and Spokane Tribal Reservations. 

The total budget for the 2016 cycle is $200,000. 

For more infomation contact Christina Kamkosi at 509-919-3042 or

Congratulations to Sister Peter Claver Humanitarian Award Nominees!

We would like to extend warm congratulations to the 2015 Sister Peter Claver Humanitarian Award nominees, who were recognized at Providence Sacred Heart at a ceremony on October 6.  The Award is presented each year to an "extraordinary person whose faith and good works inspire their colleagues, friends or families, and enrich the lives of others—especially the poor and vulnerable."  Take a look at the full list of nominees on Providence's website.

We would also like to extend a special congratulations and a huge thank you to current EHF board member Mary Selecky, to founding EHF board member Garman Lutz, and to Marilee Roloff, President and CEO of Volunteers of America Spokane, for their significant contributions to our work over the years.  We are proud to partner with such inspiring community leaders in our progress toward transforming Eastern Washington into the state's healthiest region!

Recognizing the 2015 Nominees for the Sister Peter Claver Humanitarian Award, October 6, 2015.

Recognizing the 2015 Nominees for the Sister Peter Claver Humanitarian Award, October 6, 2015.

Spokane Philanthropic Awards Registration Open!

We at EHF are delighted to sponsor the 2015 Spokane Philanthropic Awards in partnership with the Journal of Business, Spokane Emerging Leaders Society, and Compassionate Spokane.  The Spokane Philanthropic Awards recognizes and celebrates the many acts of compassion and philanthropy occurring in our community, with awards in the following four categories:

  • Philanthropic Corporation of the Year (51+ employees)
  • Philanthropic Small Business of the Year
  • Philanthropic Organization of the Year
  • Outstanding Philanthropist(s) 
  • Outstanding Young Philanthropist(s) (up to age 21)

Wednesday, October 21 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 pm

the Lincoln Center
1316 N. Lincoln St.
Spokane, WA 99201

EHF is proud to sponsor this community event in partnership with the following organizations:


In-Depth at Threads: Spokane


Below is an in-depth summary of the Threads Community Conversation held at the Philanthropy Center in June of 2015, courtesy of Independent Sector.  The summary is a great resource for anyone looking to learn a bit more about the changing nonprofit environment in Eastern Washington, and we encourage you to take a look at the PDF below.


Thanks again to Independent Sector for their partnership in bringing the event to Spokane!

2015 Responsive Grants Update

Empire Health Foundation’s Responsive Grant Program is designed to address one-time, emergent needs within its seven-county service area, which also includes the Colville, Kalispel, and Spokane Indian Reservations. After receiving 109 applications totaling $1.3 million in funding requests, EHF’s 2015 Responsive Grants Program supported 31 projects totaling $254,695.

Funded Projects Per County

The map below shows the number of funded projects per county, and the boxes highlight some examples of funded projects.

2015 Rural Aging Responsive Cycle

In addition to the 31 projects listed above, EHF provided an additional $160,000 in support of 17 projects in Adams, Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, and Whitman Counties through its inaugural Rural Aging Responsive Grant Cycle.  These projects are designed to help older adults living outside of Spokane live full, meaningful lives with independence and dignity.

Download a PDF summary of projects funded through our 2015 Responsive Grant Cycles below, and visit our Seek Funding page for more information!