Positive Change Through Thoughtful Giving

Information for Grant Seekers

Information about 2019-2020 grants will be posted in August. 

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

  • Address critical needs in Southwestern Idaho
  • Are innovative and creative approaches to community challenges
  • Include plans for sustainability beyond IWCF funding
  • Allow IWCF to contribute a substantial percentage of funding

Funding Interest Areas

In the 2018-2019 Grants Cycle, IWCF will be accepting proposals in six specific interest areas. The Above and Beyond Grant is a little bit different from the other five; please refer to the Above and Beyond Grant page for more information about this grant targeting rural communities in Southwestern Idaho. The other five interest areas will be offering one $20,000-$30,000 grant in each of the following categories (applicant must select the interest area in which to apply):

  1. Cultural Arts: Visual and performing arts (music, dance, 2D and 3D visual, traditional crafts, film, public art, performance, etc.) or 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, or 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 educational aspect of your project while submitting it in another of the IWCF interest areas.
  3. Environment: Regional environmental issues (flora, fauna, land, air, or water) such as resource conservation, mitigation, reclamation, parkland improvements, or environmental education.
  4. Financial Stability: Poverty, homelessness, housing, self-sufficiency, work/job training, or unique, rarely-offered programs targeting underserved populations including referral services, food/clothing collection/distribution, case management, or mentoring programs.
  5. Health: General health care, domestic violence, child abuse/parenting, substance abuse, suicide, disabilities, or wellness or recreation programs.

IWCF members expect to know exactly how their contributions will be spent, 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:

  • Endowment or Scholarship funds
  • Individuals
  • 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
  • Incomplete applications

IWCF funds requests of nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, educational institutions, government agencies, and tax-exempt religious entities 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.