Positive Change Through Thoughtful Giving

Information for Grant Seekers

Important links:
2019-2020 Grant Applications link – NOW LIVE
How To’s of the Application Process

Insights into IWCF Grants: Trainings for Nonprofits – presentation slides available here

Selection Criteria

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

  • IWCF funds services in the following southwest Idaho counties: Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley and Washington (Idaho Department of Health & Welfare Regions 3 & 4).
  • 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 are seeking creative approaches to community challenges, and a plan for sustainability beyond IWCF funding.

Funding Interest Areas

In the 2019-2020 Grants Cycle, IWCF will be accepting proposals in six specific interest areas (applicant must select the interest area in which to apply):

  1. Cultural Arts: Visual and performing art (music, dance, visual, traditional crafts, film, public art, performance, etc.) and humanities for all ages, abilities, and income levels, especially underserved populations.
  2. Education: All ages and all forms of learning (mentoring, childcare/preschool, instructional or equipment upgrades, pilot projects, early learning, literacy, and enrichment). 
  3. Environment: Regional environmental issues (flora, fauna, land, air, water) such as resource  and wildlife conservation, mitigation, reclamation, parkland improvements, or environmental education.
  4. Financial Stability: 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: General health care, domestic violence, child abuse/parenting, substance abuse, suicide, disabilities, and wellness or recreation programs. 
  6. Rural Communities (Above and Beyond): Addresses critical needs in towns and unincorporated areas with a population less than 30,000. Organizations which are based in urban areas, but provide services in rural areas, may apply, but the services covered by the grant request must be delivered exclusively in rural areas.

Funding Minimums and Schedule

IWCF considers funding requests for a minimum of $20,000 up to a maximum of $30,000 for Cultural Arts, Education, Environment, Financial Stability, and Health interest areas. IWCF considers funding requests for a minimum of $50,000 up to a maximum of $60,000 for the Rural Communities (Above and Beyond) interest area. Projects may be funded over one or two years. We expect IWCF funds to be used during the year that you receive them.

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 nor late applications

Timeline for grant process: 

  • Application available online early September, 2019
  • Early Application deadline: 12:00 p.m., November 11, 2019
  • Application deadline: 12:00 p.m.,  December 10, 2019
  • Membership Ballot: April, 6, 2020
  • Notice of Grant Award: May 2020