RLACF moving to provide funds to non-profits

By 
Alastair Baker
News Editor
Thursday, March 26, 2020

The Red Lodge Area Community Foundation (RLACF) has received numerous donations and is beginning to make grants through the new Carbon County COVID-19 Relief Fund.

They have created a new COVID-19 resource web page that is quickly identifiable by the red ribbon across the top of the www.rlacf.org website. The ribbon connects you to specific actions and information every person can take to respond positively to this unprecedented event.

People can donate to assist those who are suffering, will suffer, and are being significantly impacted, through this relief fund.

People can also apply for funds as well as for a variety of Foundation resources that are currently available (all year long).

RLACF has offered the use of the Roosevelt Center for any Disaster Emergency Service’s needs, should they need additional space. 

They are also utilizing their communication channels with area nonprofits responding directly to COVID-19 relief efforts. 

“We are exchanging current information about any barriers they are facing, in real time,” said Tracy Timmons RLAFC Executive Director. “We are identifying their needs to continue to provide the services our community has come to rely on them for. We will proactively communicate these needs to our community through email, social media, website and print.”

“Currently, our first priority and focus is on providing funds to nonprofit organizations providing disaster relief efforts and individuals negatively affected by COVID-19 impacts, who are in need of assistance. “While the purpose of the fund is to focus on helping individuals and nonprofit organizations, assistance to the business community may be considered in the future when we know what other forms of assistance may be available to businesses and the longer term effects of the pandemic.” 

In a declared disaster situation, it is possible for the Foundation to make grants to businesses for long term recovery for things not covered by other means such as insurance or government aid. Since the government is considering legislation which will specifically address business needs with loans and grants to help businesses weather this situation, for now, we will leave business assistance to the government.

“So far, we have had three requests for help,” said Timmons.

Timmons also said the RLAFC are assessing the need for coordination of local volunteer efforts and sharing that information with Disaster Emergency Services.

“The Foundation has a long history of efficiently managing and providing quick turnaround to get the funds to where they are needed most. The Foundation is committed to being nimble, adaptive and transparent in all of these efforts,” she said.

The RLACF offices at both of buildings closed on March 15. 

The staff is already working remotely to eliminate interruption to services.

To contact the RLACF go to rlacf.org or call (406) 446-2820.

 

 

The Carbon County News

Street Address:

11 N. Broadway, Red Lodge, MT 59068

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 970, Red Lodge, MT 59068

Phone: 406-446-2222

Fax: 406-446-2225

Toll-Free: 800-735-8843

Open: Monday-Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.