AdobeStock 158577897

COVID-19 Response and Recovery Funds Award $779,000 to 138 Organizations in Eastern Washington and North Idaho

By Innovia Foundation
Apr 14, 2020

Source: Innovia Foundation

Innovia Foundation today announced 138 grants totaling $779,000 from the COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Funds for Eastern Washington and North Idaho.

This is the first round of grants from the Response and Recovery Funds and is directed to nonprofit and grassroots organizations, as well as tribal entities, schools and other government agencies, that are on the front lines of the COVID-19 response.

“While our healthcare systems, public health professionals, and local government agencies are doing everything in their power to support our community, we know that gaps remain. Thanks to the generosity of our funding partners, we can step in to address some of those gaps through grants to organizations serving our most vulnerable populations,” said Innovia Foundation CEO Shelly O’Quinn. “We are pleased to support the incredible work our community partners are doing to ensure the wellbeing of our region.”

The COVID-19 Response and Recovery Funds are hosted at Innovia Foundation in partnership with Empire Health Foundation and Spokane County United Way in Eastern Washington, and Equinox Foundation, Avista Foundation and Idaho Community Foundation in North Idaho.

“United Way is proud to be part of this collaborative outreach,” said Spokane County United Way President and CEO Tim Henkel. “The partners and funders involved recognize that we can have greater impact by working together and are committed to assisting the most marginalized and low-income members of our community who are adversely affected by this outbreak.”

“This crisis has further exposed and deepened the health inequities in our region, particularly among communities of color. Our funding partners recognize this reality and have prioritized many of these funds to support smaller and faith-based organizations that are trusted in the communities they serve,” said Empire Health Foundation Interim President Jeffrey Bell. “These resources will be directed to the people who need it most. The level of cooperation and communication among the funders is truly remarkable and Empire Health Foundation is humbled to be part of this effort.”

Businesses, individuals and organizations can donate and find additional information about the COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Funds for Eastern Washington and North Idaho at

COVID-19 Response and Recovery Funding partners: Innovia Foundation, Empire Health Foundation, Spokane County United Way, Avista Foundation, BECU, Better Health Together, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Burlington Northern, Community Building Foundation, Delta Dental of Washington, Equinox Foundation, Health Sciences & Services Authority of Spokane County, Itron, Lewis-Clark Valley Healthcare Foundation, MultiCare Health System, M.J. Murdock Charitable Foundation, Perigee Fund, Premera Blue Cross, Providence Health Care, Umpqua Bank, Wells Fargo and Women Helping Women Fund.