Southwest Montana COVID-19 Response Fund

About the Southwest Montana COVID-19 Response Fund

The One Valley Community Foundation and Greater Gallatin United Way (GGUW) jointly raised over $775,846 for the Southwest Montana COVID-19 Response Fund between March 2020 and February 2021. The goal is to raise $1 million in COVID-19 relief for nonprofits by June 8, 2021.

In Fall, the One Valley Community Foundation and Greater Gallatin United Way completed the distribution of the $597,586 raised for the Southwest Montana COVID-19 Response Fund. Then they surveyed the Fund’s grantees and other local nonprofit organizations on the impacts they expected as the pandemic continued to help determine the need for another round of fundraising. Based on the data from 61 respondents, these are the four funding priorities for this application process: Emergency Financial Assistance, Mental and Behavioral Health, Childcare Grants, and Emerging Needs Grants.

Join us in raising $225,000 by June 8, 2021, to aid recovery efforts from the pandemic and build resilience in Gallatin, Park, Meagher, and Madison Counties.

Read the Press Release HERE.


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More Info About the SW Montana COVID-19 Response Fund

Applicants to the fund will select from among these categories for funding:

  • Emergency Financial Assistance - Unrestricted operational and programmatic funding grants to support organizations that leverage relationships with the community, trusted leaders, and service providers in order to support access to immediate basic needs (e.g. rental and mortgage assistance, emergency shelter, food, healthcare, financial support for individuals and families). 
  • Mental and Behavioral Health - To support providers and community organizations with a focus on stress reduction, access to mental health care, and improving mental wellbeing. 
  • Childcare Grants - To support both service providers and systems coordination efforts, with a focus on accessibility and affordability. 
  • Emerging Needs Grants – As things continue to unfold, Greater Gallatin United Way and the One Valley Community Foundation remain committed to working with community organizations and stakeholders to stay informed and engaged regarding any emerging needs and the ongoing impacts of COVID-19.

We are committed to serving those most impacted by the pandemic. Priority populations include:

  • People who are essential workers without health supports, childcare and out-of-school-time care, and other necessary services
  • People who are low income, experiencing homelessness, and others who are disproportionately economically impacted 
  • People of color, people with disabilities, seniors, veterans and others who are experiencing disparate health impacts
  • People typically missed by public funding opportunities, including Spanish-speaking and Hispanic families and individuals

The following groups are eligible for funding through the Southwest Montana COVID-19 Response Fund:

 

  • 501(c)3 organizations
  • Service programs affiliated with religious organizations
  • Government departments
  • Private and public schools
  • Foundations
  • Civic organizations


Southwest Montana COVID-19 Response Fund grant award funding may not be used for the following:

 

  • Capital campaigns
  • To fund loans or debt retirement
  • To individuals, unless allocated through a grantee
  • To religious organizations for religious purposes
  • For sponsorships of one-time events such as galas or fundraising events
  • For influencing elections or promoting political candidates
  • Programs or organizations that discriminate against any person, including employees, volunteers, clients, subcontractors or others because of race, color, citizenship, religion, creed, political ideas, national origin, sex, age, gender, physical or mental disability, veteran or current or future military status, actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, economic class, or marital status

Do you meet the requirements? Click here to apply.

Organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are welcome to apply.

  • April 15, 2021: Grant portal opens for applications. Apply here.
  • May 15, 2021: Grant portal closes.
  • May 17th - June 8th: Donations Steering Group reviews applications. Organizations are contacted for any follow-up information.
  • Awards are announced to partners no later than June 18th, 2021.
  • June 30, 2022: Awardee funding spending deadline. Grant reports are due.

Click here to view sample application questions.

Grant reports will be due on June 30, 2022. Grant recipients will need to provide a narrative describing how they spent the funds, the impact of their work and attach photo documentation of their program or project.

Is there a geographic area of focus for the Fund?

This fund will support organizations supporting residents of Southwest Montana, specifically in Gallatin, Park, Madison, and Meagher Counties.

 

I’m an individual who’s been affected by the COVID-19 health and/or economic crisis. Can this Fund help me?

We understand many individuals and families have been affected by the outbreak already and more will continue to be affected. On behalf of the Fund’s partners, the Fund is working to move resources to community-based organizations that are directly supporting local residents and families who are most affected by emerging health, economic, and social impacts.

While the Fund is not able to provide grants to individuals, we will be funding community-based organizations that have experience and history of providing people and families with services and support.

As we begin to award grants, we will post them on this page. Please check back for a list of the organizations that may be able to assist you. If you are looking for resources now, please call 211. The 211 hotline is a resource-and-referral and crisis response call center answered by Bozeman Help Center for calls made in the Southwest Montana region. Referrals to the appropriate source(s) of assistance will be made.

 

My organization is interested in resources from this Fund. Can we be considered?

We understand the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting nonprofits in many ways, including increased demand for their services, lost revenue due to closures and cancellations, as well as other challenges. Greater Gallatin United Way (GGUW) and the One Valley Community Foundation (OVCF) are working closely together to ensure that the grants awarded meet the greatest needs in communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

 

Who decides how the funds are distributed?

Greater Gallatin United Way (GGUW) and the One Valley Community Foundation have significant experience in vetting organizational and community needs. To responsibly address our community’s diverse needs for funding related to COVID-19 health and economic crisis, GGUW and the One Valley convene with a Donations Steering Group (DSG) comprised of representatives from relevant nonprofit, and government sectors, as well as representatives from the geographic areas within Gallatin, Park, Madison, and Meagher Counties. GGUW and One Valley will coordinate with Southwest Montana Community Organizations Active in Disaster (SW MT COAD) and local emergency management leaders and health departments to ensure funding allocations are aligned with identified prioritization of needs.

 

I want to donate. Can I restrict my funding to a prioritized grantee?

To ensure we move resources as efficiently as possible and respond to needs of communities most impacted, we are not accepting restrictions to donations. The Fund was created in hopes of providing a way to coordinate as resources as efficiently and with as much impact as possible. 

 

Should I give to this Fund instead of making other donations?

The Fund was not created to be the only vehicle resourcing community funding during this crisis. Rather, Greater Gallatin United Way (GGUW) and the One Valley Community Foundation will be working closely with  Southwest Montana Community Organizations Active in Disaster (SW MT COAD) and local emergency management leaders and health departments to ensure funding allocations are aligned with the most critical, prioritized, identified needs of communities within Gallatin, Park, Madison, and Meagher Counties. 

We are working to facilitate getting resources into the community where it’s needed most. If the Fund priorities align with your values, please consider making a donation that feels generous to you. However, this is a critical time for so many, including the nonprofit organizations who’ve benefited from your giving in the past, as well as those who’ve had to cancel their annual fundraising events or depend heavily on public gatherings. Please continue to give to organizations you regularly support, and those that need your help at this crucial time. Now is the time to double down for our community as we have a greater awareness of the depth and scale of the long-term ramifications of the pandemic.

 

Is there a fee to contribute?

As the fiscal sponsor for the Southwest Montana COVID-19 Response Fund, Greater Gallatn United Way is charging a 5% administrative fee to cover credit card processing fees, bank charges, and other fees associated with your donation.  The 5% admin fee does not cover our entire expenses. We incur additional costs for hosting and administering crisis relief funds including costs for communications, fundraising, and programmatic outreach to funded partners. In addition to donors' support through the 5% admin fee, we are grateful for donors who specifically designate a donation to GGUW to offset a portion of our admin costs for us.

 

How will the Fund shift gears if needed?

The Fund priorities may evolve as our region adapts to the COVID-19 outbreak. We will continue to prioritize communities most impacted, recognizing deep and historic inequities that are likely to be magnified in times of crisis. Crisis philanthropy recognizes the need to provide immediate resources for triage, as well as the importance of recovery resources to ensure community resilience.

The Donations Steering Group will review all applications to the SWMT COVID-19 Response Fund, evaluate the proposals, make recommendations for funding and vote on final allocation amounts. The members of this group are:

Ivan MacDonald – MT Racial Equity Project


Amy Sanders – Gallatin City-County Health Department


Samantha Peirce – AMB West Philanthropies 


Mandy St. Aubyn –Help Center Development and Communications Coordinator 


Amy Kanuch – Greater Gallatin United Way Board Member


Gene Townsend – One Valley Community Foundation Board Member 


Jenn Lammers – One Valley Community Foundation Board Member 


Bridget Wilkinson – One Valley Community Foundation Executive Director


Tanya Andreasen - One Valley Community Foundation Community Engagement Manager

 

Sylvia Drain – Greater Gallatin United Way Director of Donor Engagement


Tia Goebel – Greater Gallatin United Way Community Engagement Coordinator


Amy Revious – Greater Gallatin United Way Community Impact Coordinator


Danica Jamison – Greater Gallatin United Way President and CEO