Positive Change Through Thoughtful Giving

Applications for 2019-2020 Above and Beyond interest area: check back in August for details.

The Above and Beyond Grant is an exciting new grant opportunity that we are offering for the 2018-2019 grants cycle. We will award one $50,000-$60,000 grant in the spring of 2019 that can be distributed over one or two years depending on the project needs.

Why “Above and Beyond”?

The pooled-fund grant money that we award in our five Annual Interest Areas varies from year to year, because we offer a funding range rather than a strict dollar amount. We frequently have money left in the fund after the grants are awarded, although it may not be enough to meet the full needs of an additional grant proposal. By combining these excess funds over multiple years, we were able to create an entirely new grant opportunity while still fulfilling our five Annual Interest Area grants.

We decided to use this sixth interest area to identify and proactively target a narrow area of priority community need with a larger amount of funding.

How is Above and Beyond similar to our other pooled-fund grants?

  • IWCF funds services in the following southwest Idaho counties: Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley and Washington.
  • IWCF may disburse funds to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, educational institutions, government agencies, and tax-exempt religious entities
  • Funds can be distributed over one or two years, but we do expect the money to be spent in the year it is received
  • We prefer requests that fund carefully planned and skillfully executed projects, programs, services, or items that address demonstrated needs in Southwestern Idaho.
  • We are seeking creative approaches to community challenges, and a plan for sustainability beyond IWCF funding.

How is Above and Beyond different from our other grant opportunities?

  • The size: this $50,000-$60,000 grant will be the largest grant IWCF has ever awarded.
  • The rural focus: the 2019 Above and Beyond Grant will fund grants for towns and unincorporated areas with populations under 30,000. Multiple areas can be covered under the same grant, as long as each individual town meets the size criterion of 30,000 or less. The service provider can be based in a larger city, as long as all services are to be provided in rural areas subject to the definition above.
  • The percentage of the project funded by IWCF: in our other grants, we prefer to fund a substantial percentage of the project. For this grant, we are willing to play a small role in a larger undertaking.
  • The specific target areas: we are limiting grant requests to those addressing at least one of the following:
    • Infrastructure
    • Healthcare (including mental health care).
    • Education
    • Services for Seniors

IWCF Does Not Fund:

  • Endowment or Scholarship funds
  • Individuals
  • Fundraisers or undesignated sponsorships
  • Annual funds and general operating funds (overhead costs associated with specific new or expanded programs/projects are allowed)
  • Undesignated capital campaign contributions
  • Funds to be re-granted to individuals or groups selected by the grantee
  • Requests designated to influence government officials/lobbying
  • Requests that require participation or membership in any faith-based organization
  • Applications from an organization currently being funded (Organizations may apply again 12 months after their End-of-Grant report has been filed and approved)
  • Incomplete applications

Timeline for grant process:

  • Application will be live online on September 1, 2018
  • Application deadline: Noon on December 11, 2018
  • Membership Ballot: April 17, 2019
  • Notice of Grant Award: May 2019

Click here to listen to a sound recording of the Above & Beyond Grant webinar presented on September 12, 2018. A printable overview of IWCF grants is available here.

Above and Beyond Grant: FAQs


IWCF Announces new grant awarded October 2016

On October 19, at the 2016 Fall Symposium, IWCF presented our first Above and Beyond interest area grant.  This grant was directed at helping very-low and extremely-low income individuals in our community.  The $40,000 grant was our largest grant ever.  It was awarded to Valley Regional Transit for Village Vans.  These vans will provide 4,000 round trips beyond standard bus service. It’s designed to help those who live far from standard bus stops and/or who have jobs that start or end at times when the standard bus service is not in operation.   

Congrats to Valley Regional Transit!