MAT-SU HEALTH FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES NEW CORONAVIRUS GRANT FUNDING
Wasilla, Alaska — The Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) is offering Coronavirus (COVID-19) prevention and response grants to Mat-Su nonprofit organizations. The grants are designed to support local nonprofits as they address unplanned expenses and/or lost revenue relating to the Coronavirus pandemic. Examples of things that may be funded include:
- Support to build and develop pandemic education and prevention strategies for an organization’s staff and clients.
- Assistance in communicating with clients about service/outreach changes due to a heightened risk of exposure to Coronavirus.
- Funding for critical safety-net needs for the clients of nonprofits, including housing, transportation, medical care, childcare, and food security for those affected by disease, quarantine, or school/agency closures.
- Grants for psychosocial supports and mental health services for staff.
- Quarantine supplies for nonprofit residential programs.
- Unexpected work-from-home expenses, which could include establishing collaboration platforms and secure file sharing.
- Prevention-related expenses for items such as sanitizing supplies and equipment, or professional cleaning of common areas.
- Costs for offering services to a nonprofit’s clients in less risky ways to deliver services (for example, bringing pick-up or home-delivered meals rather than serving congregate meals, and offering virtual rather than in-person service delivery).
- Operating expenses associated with Coronavirus, such as lost revenue, continuity planning, or increased labor costs.
Grant funding is not available for the following:
- Reimbursement for any goods or services purchased or provided prior to March 12, 2020.
- Expenses without documentation or invoices.
- Any costs that insurance or state/federal emergency relief funds will cover or reimburse, unless delays will cause critical and/or ongoing program delays.
These special grants may be used to fund projected needs based on estimates or other documentation, and applications will receive expedited handling. Qualified applicants may request a grant of up to $50,000 by filling out a Target Wellness grant application online at healthymatsu.org. Assistance securing a line of credit is also available.
Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) is the official business name of Valley Hospital Association, Inc., which shares ownership in Mat-Su Regional Medical Center. In this capacity, MSHF board members and representatives actively participate in the governance of Mat-Su’s community hospital to protect the community’s interest in this important healthcare institution. The MSHF mission is to improve the health and wellness of Alaskans living in the Mat-Su and the tools it uses include grantmaking, convening of local partners, and policy change. The foundation’s work has resulted in significant improvements in systems that support the health of Mat-Su residents in areas such as behavioral health, child welfare, crisis response, community connections, workforce development, transportation, housing, and senior services. More information is available at healthymatsu.org .