Dollars Raised (as of 05/18/20 at 9:00am)
Southwestern Montana COVID-19 Response Fund
In response to the crisis, The Bozeman Area Community Foundation and the Greater Gallatin United Way have launched a community response fund to address the pressing needs of individuals and the organizations serving them in Southwest Montana.
The Response Fund will provide flexible resources to organizations working with individuals and populations disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the health and economic consequences of this outbreak.
Initial funding will focus on five primary areas of need: food/supply distribution, emergency housing, emergency financial assistance, health and wellbeing, and programs/supplies needed to support crisis response. As the situation evolves and additional needs arise, the Response Fund’s priorities and scope may shift or expand to best serve the region throughout the crisis and recovery.
GGUW and BACF are actively working with community leaders, local government, public health and emergency management officials to monitor and respond to the immediate and evolving needs of the region resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout the changing nature of this unprecedented situation, the Fund managers will be convening regional social service providers in order to identify shifts in community needs and address any gaps in crucial services.
How Can I Donate to the Fund?
You can donate online or checks may be made out to “The Southwestern Montana COVID-19 Response Fund” or Greater Gallatin United Way and mailed to the following addresses:
“COVID-19 Response Fund”
c/o Bozeman Area Community Foundation
1627 W. Main St. Box 404
Bozeman MT 59715
“COVID-19 Response Fund”
c/o Greater Gallatin United Way
945 Technology Blvd., Suite 101-F
Bozeman MT 59718
We are accepting financial donations (no physical goods) through online giving, checks and stock gifts. For questions about stock donations, grants, or significant donations we welcome you to contact GGUW staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or BACF staff at email@example.com.
For more information on the Fund, how to give and how the money will be distributed in the community, see our SW Montana COVID-19 Response Fund FAQ page.
In response to the crisis, two local organizations launch community response fund to address the pressing needs of individuals and the organizations serving them. What is the Fund?
The Response Fund will provide flexible resources to organizations working with individuals and populations disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus and the health and economic consequences of this outbreak. Initial funding will focus on five primary areas of need: food support, healthcare, emergency housing, emergency financial assistance, and seniors. As the situation evolves and additional needs arise, the Response Fund’s priorities and scope may shift or expand to best serve the region throughout the crisis and recovery.
Greater Gallatin United Way (GGUW) and Bozeman Area Community Foundation (BACF) are actively working with community leaders, local government, public health, and emergency management officials to monitor and respond to the immediate and evolving needs of the region resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout the changing nature of this unprecedented situation, the Fund managers will be convening regional social service providers in order to identify shifts in community needs and address any gaps in crucial services.
Where can I learn more about the Southwest Montana COVID-19 Response Fund?
To learn more about the Fund, go to https://www.greatergallatinunitedway.org/southwest-montana-covid-19-response-fund
You can also look at our SW MT COVID-19 Response Fund Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page: https://www.greatergallatinunitedway.org/southwest-montana-covid-19-fund-faq
Is there a geographic area of focus for the Fund?
This fund will support crisis response efforts targeted towards 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 COVID-19 Response 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 Bozeman Area Community Foundation (BACF) are working closely together to ensure that the grants awarded meet the greatest needs in communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. In order to move resources quickly, we are not hosting a formal application process for the Fund at this time. You may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com to make sure we are aware of your organization’s work supporting economically vulnerable residents and families. We will keep you informed as to any application process.
Who decides how the funds are distributed?
Greater Gallatin United Way (GGUW) and Bozeman Area Community Foundation (BACF) 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 BACF will oversee a Donations Steering Group (DSG) comprised of representatives from relevant nonprofit, faith, and government sectors, as well as representatives from the geographic areas within Gallatin, Park, Madison, and Meagher Counties. GGUW and BACF 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 COVID-19 Response 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 Southwest Montana COVID-19 Response Fund was not created to be the only vehicle resourcing community funding during this crisis. Rather, Greater Gallatin United Way (GGUW) and Bozeman Area Community Foundation (BACF) 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 COVID-19 Response 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.
What will NOT be included in the first phase of funding?
We anticipate multiple phases of funding to address both the acute needs now and the longer-term impacts of the outbreak and recovery. In this first phase, we are prioritizing community-based organizations that are serving communities and individuals who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from this crisis. In this first round, we are not able to prioritize organizations that have lost revenue or are likely to lose future revenue due to canceled events or programs. We recognize these challenges, and as the crisis and long-term impacts continue to unfold, we will continue to work with the DSG to assess and evolve our funding strategies.
When will you share who you fund?
We anticipate making the first round of investments in the coming weeks and will publish the list of selected grantees along with short descriptions of the services and support they are providing on the FAQ site at: https://www.greatergallatinunitedway.org/southwest-montana-covid-19-fund-faq
Is there a fee to contribute?
With a focus on getting resources out to the community in this critical time, there is no administrative fee for participating in the Fund. 100% of donations will go to community groups and leaders on the ground, except for a credit card fee for online donations, which is 3.75% + $0.35 per transaction. Greater Gallatin United Way (GGUW) and Bozeman Area Community Foundation (BACF) are covering the cost of approximately 13 staff leading this effort.
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.
Grants Distributed from the Fund to Date
Total Awarded: $311,950
(Updated 5/15/2020 – 12:45 pm)
$20,000 — Community Health Partners — To provide phones and minutes to vulnerable customers when no other option to access services is available. Additionally, to support patients with additional emergency social supports such as rent payments, medication copays, toiletries and essentials, and transportation throughout this economic crisis.
$10,000 — Bridgercare — Funding to ensure that losses in appointments, insurance reimbursements, and accounts receivable will not affect their ability to provide free and subsidized health services to everyone who needs them.
$5,000 — Cancer Support Community — To adapt all programs and support groups for people living with a cancer diagnosis and their families to a virtual platform. Programs were added as well as Zoom licenses to accommodate the increased need as well as additional audio/visual equipment to expand their reach.
$4,500 — Mental Health of America – Montana — To meet the increasing demand, Recovery Line hours and days were extended to help support those that previously were able to access face-to-face group meetings, especially those that have been impacted with the “shelter in place.”
$2,500 — St. Catherine Family Healthcare Clinic — To provide free, low-cost services and routine health care and supply anyone in need with diapers, wipes, formula, baby furniture, and some clothing.
$20,000 — Help Center — Continued support of crisis lines, which includes resource information and referral services, emotional support, advocacy, and crisis and suicide intervention. And, also to help with lost revenue from forced closing of SACKS Thrift Store due to COVID-19.
$15,000 — Family Promise of Gallatin Valley — Supplies for families currently in Transitional and Graduate Support Programs and providing rental assistance to families in danger of losing their homes.
$50,000 — HRDC — For temporary shelter, aiding in leasing, staffing, and supplies cost and rental assistance and case management programs, to assist and support the continuously rising unemployed sector in our community and observable effects unemployment has on being able to attain and retain housing.
$2,500 — Intermountain Deaconess Children’s Service — Expanding teletherapy platforms in order to continue providing mental health services to clients in Gallatin County.
$6,000 — Salvation Army — To cover food costs associated with continuing the community breakfast, sack lunch program, and the grocery voucher program.
$2,000 – Bozeman School District – To help offset meal delivery costs to get breakfast and lunch meals to low-income students in the Bozeman School District that did not have transportation to access these meals at pick-up locations.
$10,000 – The HRDC Warming Center – To ensure that HRDC can continue day shelter operations for homeless community members, which includes providing showers, laundry, food, and other hygiene services to those experiencing homelessness through May 15th.
$10,000 – REACH, Inc. – To implement the protocols for keeping our clients safe, purchase computers for the clients to use at their homes so they can have more contact and communication with their families and purchase as many supplies as we could access to follow the recommendations of the Gallatin County Health Department.
$20,000 – HAVEN – For shelter, support services, and HAVEN’s general operating funds to meet shifting and increased survivor needs based on COVID-19 impacts.
$10,000 – MT Racial Equity Project – For their COVID-19 Crisis Fund to distribute emergency funds to Black, Brown, Indigenous, and people of color, LGBTQIA+, persons with disabilities, and undocumented persons who are in financial crisis due to the coronavirus crisis.
$10,000 – Greater Impact – To meet the new needs of the community affected by COVID-19, including deliveries of necessities – groceries, formula, cleaning supplies, etc., house and vehicle repairs, financial assistance, and other needs as they are identified.
$5,000 – Gallatin Development Corporation DBA Prospera Business Network – To assist business owners and non-profits with pivoting their businesses and applying for federal and state loans and grants.
$1400 – Gallatin County Health Department Home Visiting Program — Funding for purchasing supplies and materials for 130 kits for families with small children to be distributed by Healthy Gallatin Home Visiting nurses and social workers to quarantined and isolated families.
$750 – Montana Science Center – To print 3D masks, headbands, and other PPE equipment, as needed and requested, by many healthcare providers and health care nonprofits that need additional equipment.
$10,000 – Bozeman Senior Center – To purchase raw food and supplies to continue serving 300 meals-on-wheels daily in four sites which include Bozeman, Manhattan, Three Forks, and West Yellowstone. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the demand for meals-on-wheels has increased dramatically due to the inability to continue congregate meals at the Center.
$10,000 – Thrive – To provide short-term emergency assistance to families through no contact drop-offs of supplies such as formula, diapers, sanitary products, food, and children’s activities; and gift cards. Also to provide crucial mental health support through phone, email, and video conferencing.
$5,000 – Child Care Connections — To address the needs of families struggling with child care costs by administered emergency scholarships directly to families. Families would go through a short, formal application process, where they would explain their needs and how the scholarship would help them maintain their current slot in child care, parents’ jobs, housing, or medical needs.
$2,000 – ZoeCare — To purchase diapers and wipes for families who are not ZoeCare patients. They currently run a small diaper bank for ZoeCare patients for the first six months after giving birth. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, they want to expand the program to include women from the greater Gallatin Valley area who are not ZoeCare patients by working with the Gallatin County Health Department and Love INC.
Morgridge Family Foundation
$80,300 specifically for organizations w/budgets < $500,000
*$4,000 – ASPEN – Abuse Support & Prevention Education Network – Survivors and victims of domestic & sexual violence, rural populations, low income.
*$5,000 – Befrienders Bozeman – Promoting intergenerational friendships and mental wellbeing for seniors.
*$2,000 – Belgrade Community Coalition – Building cohesion and opportunities for connection, health, and wellbeing for the Belgrade community.
*$4,000 – Belgrade Senior Center – Critical services for seniors – most recently providing increased meals on wheels home deliveries to seniors needing food.
*$3,000 – Bozeman Dharma Center – Offering mindfulness and mental health workshops for first responders, educators, health and human services, and others serving on the front lines of COVID-19 response.
*$2,800 – CASA GAL of Gallatin County – To provide well-trained, effective volunteer CASA/Guardians ad Litem advocate for abused and neglected children in the 18th Judicial Court System.
*$5,000 – Compassion Project – Build community resilience by teaching art and compassion practices to teachers, other adults, and children in our community.
*$2,000 – D.R.E.A.M. Bozeman – To extend services to 55 families that are homeschooling children with Down syndrome due to Covid19. This population is particularly susceptible to respiratory infections and transitions are particularly difficult.
*$5,000 – Family Promise of Gallatin Valley – Providing wrap-around supports (shelter, food, life, and job coaching) for families who are homeless – getting them back on their feet.
*$10,000 – Farm to School of Park County – For emergency food program – made necessary by Covid-19 to help feed about 500 hungry school children every weekday in Livingston, MT.
*$4,000 – Friends of Bozeman Veteran’s Court – To maintain service offerings to eligible veterans.
*$5,000 – Friends of the Community (Livingston) – To provide immediate assistance to vulnerable citizens.
*$2,500 – MT Association for the Blind – Bozeman Chapter – To serve blind and low-vision individuals including Senior Citizens.
*$2,000 – Montana Mindfulness Project – Providing services to children, teachers, parents, rural citizens, healthcare workers, and patients.
*$4,000 – Roots Family Collaborative – Providing essential support for mothers and families as they birth and raise newborns & kids during the disruptions they face during the pandemic.
*$3,000 – Suffer Out Loud – Providing dynamic mental health and suicide prevention support.
*$4,000 – Verge Theater – Supporting mental health and wellbeing of inmates at Gallatin County Detention Center through innovative prison theater programming.
*$5,000 – Women in Action – Supporting mental health and wellbeing of inmates at Gallatin County Detention Center through innovative prison theater programming.
*$8,000 – W. Yellowstone Community Help Fund – Providing food, emergency supplies, and other needs for vulnerable residents in West Yellowstone.
*Directly funded through Morgridge Family Foundation #GivingTuesdayNOW gift.