Positive Change Through Thoughtful Giving

Information for Grant Seekers

(Information on our 2017/2018 Pooled-fund grants process will be posted in August of 2017.)

Selection Criteria

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

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 TechSoup.org. 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 does not fund the following

  • Endowments
  • Scholarships
  • Individuals
  • 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 countries:  Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley and Washington (Idaho Department of Health & Welfare Regions 3 & 4).