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.

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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 .

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