Rapid Relief Program
Blaine County Charitable Fund understands that there are unexpected expenses that are difficult to address when a household is already financially challenged to pay for basic monthly needs. Households can apply for assistance with expenses that are in need of immediate payment and cannot be deferred or negotiated. These may include transportation, medical, insurance, utilities, etc.
DEADLINE TO APPLY: BCCF reviews completed applications received once a month on the 20th. Special considerations can be taken into account. Please include details in your application narrative.
A complete request includes:
An online rapid relief assistance request form;
Supporting income documentation;
Copies of bills or estimates for services;
Evidence of situation that led to the financial hardship and/or letter form physician; and
A conversation or meeting with a Family Care Coordinator
Who can apply for assistance?
Those that work and/or live in Blaine County. We do not require proof of citizenship. This program supports those experiencing a financial hardship and cannot address an unexpected critical experience. BCCF's financial assistance programs are designed with households at or below 120% of Average Median Income (AMI) in mind. However, we will consider extenuating circumstances. If you have a question about your eligibility, please contact us. Applicants should be 18 years of age or older. If a financial crisis is due to the illness or injury of a child, the “applicant” is the child’s parent or legal guardian.
Access to other resources
BCCF encourages applicants to access all available local, state and federal resources first. For that reason, please be sure to first make application with sources such as found on our Community Resource page. And please prepared to provide an update on those inquiries on your application.
What sort of expenses will BCCF consider
This award is intended to help with household expenses that are in immediate need of payment and cannot be deferred or negotiated. These may include (but are not limited to) utilities, car insurance & car payments, mortgage assistance, critical medical procedures, or other immediate expenses. Medical expenses may be eligible for the St. Luke’s Compassionate Care funds. Please contact the St. Luke’s Center for Community Health to inquire 208-727-8733. BCCF will not fund assistance for credit card debt or elective procedures. The BCCF may fund all, part, or none of your request.
After I submit my application, what can I expect next?
A member of our organization will call you to complete your application by collecting some additional information. Our goal is to contact all applicants within three business days of application.
Please expect to provide verification that you are/were working in Blaine County within the last month, physician documentation when applicable, and copy of bills owed - a screenshot of any documentation will do. Once this is provided, your application is complete.
Applications are reviewed by the BCCF board once a month. I
If an award is issued, how will I receive it?
BCCF’s policy is to not give cash, or write a check that is payable directly to the applicant. Checks can be issued directly to the landlord, lending institution, or other creditor, and BCCF will ask for those names and addresses when you are notified of the award decision.
If I have additional questions, who should I contact?
Please call our office at 208-244-5205; a member of our team will be glad to assist you.