Starting March 26, 2020, the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte will accept applications for emergency funds earmarked to combat the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The swift response is the result of a vote Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by the HFL board of directors. The plan has two phases, the first of which will address immediate needs and will run from today through May 30, 2020; the second phase will address long-term effects, including recovery-efforts funding.
Emergency Grants Phase 1
This phase addresses immediate needs. It runs from March 25, 2020 to May 30, 2020, but HFL anticipates that it can be flexible, based on the progression of the crisis and government orders.
In Phase 1, the HFL will prioritize the following services related to the increased demand as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak:
- Food needs for La Porte County residents with food insecurity
- The elderly and other high-risk populations
- Supplies to support emergency response
- Healthcare and emergency response workers in need of protective gear and equipment
- Unrestricted funds to not-for-profits for business continuity
If organizations have a different need not listed above, email Maria Fruth at email@example.com. Organizations should go to the Grant Portal to complete their applications. The deadline will be rolling (applications will be considered any time from now until May 30, 2020, and that deadline also may be extended).
General guidelines are as follows:
- Organizations may request between $1,000 and $50,000 in funding
- If needs exceed $50,000, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Decisions regarding applications will occur within 48 hours. Funds will be sent electronically to grantee.
Applying organizations should be prepared to provide basic information about their organization, and information about their COVID-19 response needs and plans for the funds. Details are in the application itself.
This phase is designed to address some of the long-term affects the community will face and will include recovery efforts funding. This phase will be shared upon board approval and communicated to the community, as soon as the immediate crisis is over and long-term needs are identified.
Applicants can access the grant portal here
Healthcare Foundation of La Porte COVID-19 Related Emergency Grants Awarded to the Community March 26, 2020 to May 27, 2020
Total Grants Awarded: $710,268
Category: Food needs for La Porte County residents with food insecurity = $ 118,269
- Salvation Army of La Porte = $35,000 (La Porte)
Grant funds to be used to purchase food and supplies to continue and increase of meals distributed each night.
- Salvation Army of Michigan City = $20,000 (Michigan City)
Grant funds to be used to purchase food items, boxes/bags for prepacking groceries, and personal care products (paper towels, soap, diapers, shampoo, tissue) to be distributed to those in need through the food pantry.
- South Central Weekend Food Program = $3,400 (South Central School area)
Funds to provide healthy food including dairy, fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, meats and eggs to low -income families in the South Central School area
- Sacred Heart Church Food Pantry = $5,000 (La Porte)
Funds to assist purchase of necessary items for the food pantry.
- Arise & Shine Food Center = $10,000 (Michigan City)
Funds to be used to purchase food and supplies due to the increased number of families accessing the Food Center.
- Lamb’s Chapel United Methodist-Good Shepherd Food Pantry = $5,000 (New Prairie School area)
Funds to be used to purchase food to feed families experiencing loss of income.
- Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry =$5,000
Funds to purchase food to feed individuals experiencing loss of income
Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church =$10,000
Funds to be used to purchase oven, freezer, and additional food.
- First Presbyterian Church of Michigan City =$5,000
Funds to be used to cover increased costs of soup kitchen services.
- Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry =$10,000
Funds to be used to cover costs of processing and transporting meat donated to La Porte County food pantries.
Funds will be used to cover food expenses for staff and residents.
- Supplemental Food Pantry =$1,000
Funds will be used to cover food expenses for increased usage of pantry during the pandemic.
- Salvation Army of La Porte =$2,869
Funds will be used to purchase and process meat for approximately 34,000 meals.
Category: The elderly and other high-risk populations = $95,000
- Catholic Charities = $ 40,000
Funds to be used for rent, mortgage and gas card assistance for low-income La Porte County residents.
- North Central Community Action Agencies = $40,000
Funds to be used for low-income residents of La Porte County for assistance with rent and mortgage payments.
- Housing Opportunities =$15,000
Funds to be used to assist low-income La Porte County residents with rent, transportation costs and student education needs.
Category: Healthcare & Emergency workers in need of protective gear & equipment = $366,990
- All La Porte County firefighters (applied by La Crosse Volunteer Fire Department) = $24,620
Gear Decontamination kits for 16 volunteer fire departments in La Porte County, 4 fire departments in Michigan City and 3 fire departments in La Porte City.
- La Porte Hospital = $163,700
Funds to be used to protect healthcare providers, staff and patients at La Porte Hospital. Funding includes: Intubation Boxes, Lucas Equipment (provides mechanical chest compressions for patients with sudden cardiac arrest), Canvas Duck Masks (to protect hospital support staff and other healthcare providers- not intended for frontline providers), Glide Scope (video laryngoscopy for intubation) and Patient Bedside Monitors.
- La Porte County Emergency Medical Services= $157,000
Funds to be used to purchase 11 Lucas Equipment, which provides mechanical chest compressions for patients with sudden cardiac arrest, for each of the EMS rigs.
- Visiting Nurse Association = $19,230
Funds to be used for laptops to help administrative and support staff work from home.
- Citizens Concerned for the Homeless =$21,670
Funds to be used for increased staff needs and maintenance of facilities.
Category: Other needs (related to COVID-19 crisis) = $110,779
- City of La Porte = $20,000
Funds to assist hiring a Communication director during the COVID-19 crisis.
- La Porte County Small Animal Shelter = $5,000
Funds to assist with food needs & vet for abandoned pets and owners without funds to attend pet’s needs.
- YMCA of La Porte =$25,000
Funds to assist in maintaining not for profit daily operations.
Funds to assist in maintaining not for profit operation of the Worthy Recovery Home.
- Friendship Botanic Gardens =$25,000
Funds will be used to maintain not for profit operations of the gardens.
- PPE Purchased for the Community =$30,779
Masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment bought and given to the community.
Category: 2019 Grants Redirected for COVID-19 Relief = $11,000
- Unity Foundation of La Porte County (Home Team of La Porte) =$11,000
Funds redirected to assist with the homeless population during this crisis.