In response to the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Park County Community Foundation launched the Park County COVID-19 Resilience Fund in March, 2020. Local organizations have proven themselves to be the backbone of the response to this unprecedented crisis. Please consider making a gift today to support their work.
The Park County Community Foundation has relied on its deep roots and existing community partnerships to strategically guide fund allocations. Our focus is on organizations working on the front lines to ensure the health and wellness of those being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including:
- Neighbors experiencing food insecurity
- Children and seniors
- Victims of the virus
- The homeless – and those at risk of becoming homeless
As of November 25th, more than $209,000 has been generously contributed to the Park County COVID-19 Resilience Fund, and we have granted $120,000 to organizations serving Park County.
Our allocation strategy has been consistent in its approach by being nimble, responsive, and judicious. We will continue to provide timely relief for urgent and emergent community needs.
Park County COVID-19 Resilience Fund grants (partial listing):
- ASPEN was awarded $10,000 toward their Emergency Hotel Fund to provide abuse survivors and victims a safe place to stay.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Big Sky Country was awarded $2,808 to receive training on a Mental Health First Aid program they will be rolling out in Park County.
- Child Care Connections received two grants totaling $17,500 to provide emergency tuition to families in need of childcare AND financial support for all licensed child care facilitates in Park to help reopen their doors.
- The Learning Partners program of Community Health Partners was awarded $5,000 which they will make available as a mini-grants to client families with urgent financial needs.
- The City of Livingston received a total of $1,200 to test its wastewater for the presence of COVID-19. This screening helped provide a better picture of the virus circulation in our community, particularly in the early days of the pandemic when widespread testing was limited.
- Farm to School of Park County, in collaboration with the Livingston School Food Services, received a $12,000 grant to partner with local restaurants to help supplement the school food program as demand has significantly increased. Participating restaurants included Matt’s Old Fashioned Butcher Shop & Deli, Livingston’s Rib & Chop House, Mustang Fresh Foods, and Los Pinos Mexican Restaurant.
- HRDC received a $10,000 grant to support their Housing First initiative, a program designed to provide financial assistance and case management services to individuals and families experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Park County.
- LINKS for Learning was awarded $10,000 to help cover the additional costs incurred in providing summer camp activities that adhere to our current health mandates, including increased staffing, personal protective equipment, and sanitation supplies.
- Livingston Food Resource Center received a $10,000 grant to purchase and distribute food to people in need.
- Loaves and Fishes received $1,000 to help with operations and supplies needed to provide their meals in a to-go format.
- The Park County Senior Center was awarded $12,973 to enhance ventilation in their building, as part of their "Healthy Air, Healthy Seniors" renovation project.
- The Park County Public Health Department received $6,000 to support their public education efforts to promote better compliance with recommended infection mitigation efforts, in addition to making masks and other supplies available to Park County businesses.
- The Park County Rural Fire Department has significantly enhanced their cleaning protocols to minimize crew exposure to COVID-19, and needed an on-site option for washing their gear. We were able to assist their purchase of a heavy duty extractor washing machine with a grant of $7,500.
- Matt Pierson/Highland Livestock Company received a grant of $11,811 that launched The Producers Partnership, a group of area ranchers who are working to distribute ground beef to local food banks. The cattle were all donated and the COVID Fund grant helped cover the costs of processing. This program has subsequently expanded to provide beef throughout the state, and the Producers Partnership has obtained their own nonprofit designation. You can learn more about their activities by visiting www.producerpartnership.com/
- Snoopy Cooperative Preschool, serving the communities of Gardiner and Mammoth, was granted $1,000 to enable them to hire a teacher's aide in order to address the additional logistic challenges of providing childcare during a pandemic.
- Windrider, Park County’s public transit service, received a $1,000 grant to purchase additional sanitizing materials.
If you would like to join us in supporting our community during these challenging times, donations can be made online, or checks can be mailed to:
PCCF c/o Park County COVID-19 Resilience Fund, PO Box 2199, Livingston, MT 59047
The Park County Community Foundation has waived administrative fees for this fund so that 100% of all gifts will be directed to local nonprofits. (Please note that credit card fees will apply for donations made online.)
Organizations interested in applying for immediate relief grants should contact PCCF Executive Director Gavin Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Park County COVID-19 Resilience Fund was initially seeded thanks to the generosity of the Park County Community Foundation Board of Directors, The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, Willow Creek Ranch, Jean Keffeler and David Stanley, and multiple anonymous donors. We are grateful for their confidence and support.