(Information on our 2017/2018 Pooled-fund grants process will be posted in July or August of 2017.)
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):
- 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.
- 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.
- Environment: Requests addressing regional environmental issues (flora, fauna, land, air, water) such as resource conservation, mitigation, reclamation, parkland improvements or environmental education.
- 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.
- 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
- 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).