Thursday, June 21, 2018

Positive Change Through Thoughtful Giving

Information for Grant Seekers

NOTE:  our 2017-18 Grants process is now closed.  Information for our next grants cycle will be posted in August, 2018. 

Selection Criteria

IWCF seeks to fund carefully planned and skillfully executed projects, programs, services, or items that address demonstrated needs in Southwestern Idaho.

In our evaluation process, we prefer requests that

  • Are innovative and creative approaches to community challenges
  • Include plans for sustainability beyond IWCF funding
  • Are collaborative partnerships between two or more eligible organizations
  • Allow IWCF to contribute a substantial percentage of funding

Funding Interest Areas

IWCF funds in five specific interest areas (applicants must select one):

  1. Cultural Arts:Visual and performing art (music, dance, 2D and 3D visual, traditional crafts, film, public art, performance, etc.) and humanities for all ages, abilities, and income levels, especially underserved populations
  2. Education:Targeting all ages and all forms of learning (mentoring, childcare/preschool, instructional or equipment upgrades, pilot projects, early learning, literacy, and enrichment.) Requests for computer equipment are usually referred to such organizations as We realize that education plays a part in many projects, and you may emphasize the education aspect of your project while submitting it in another of the IWCF interest areas
  3. Environment: Requests addressing regional environmental issues (flora, fauna, land, air, water) such as resource conservation, mitigation, reclamation, parkland improvements, or environmental education
  4. Financial Stability:Requests addressing poverty, homelessness, housing, self-sufficiency, work/job training, and unique, rarely-offered programs targeting underserved populations including referral services, food/clothing collection/distribution, case management, mentoring programs
  5. Health: Requests addressing general health care, issues of domestic violence, child abuse/parenting, substance abuse, suicide, disabilities, and wellness or recreation programs

IWCF members expect to know where their contributions are directed, to see the dollars they donate returned to the community as quickly as possible, and to effectively measure the outcome of each grant award. Therefore, we do not fund:

  • Endowments
  • Scholarships
  • Individuals
  • Undesignated scholarships
  • Annual funds and general operating funds (overhead costs associate with specific 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

IWCF funds projects of nonprofit organizations in the following Idaho counties:  Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley and Washington (Idaho Department of Health & Welfare Regions 3 & 4).


Past years grants informational video – CLICK HERE.