Positive Change Through Thoughtful Giving

Pooled-Fund Grants Process

Get Involved! The Grants Committee is open to all IWCF members, and you are encouraged to join it at the beginning of the grant cycle that begins in October and ends in May. You may join the committee at any time in the year.

The committee researches grant proposals in five Interest Areas: Cultural Arts, Education, Environment, Financial Stability, and Health. IWCF awards grants in southwestern Idaho to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, educational institutions and tax-exempt religious entities.

Letters of Inquiry (LOI) for this year’s grant cycle have been received and are now in the process of being reviewed by grants committee members.

A work group convenes in each Interest Area to identify giving priorities and evaluate the submitted LOIs. The Grants Committee meets at several stages in the process to guide participants from one step to the next. Each Interest Area group selects 3-4 proposals for a site visit; and then each recommends projects for the Grants Committee to place on the member ballot.

Ballots are sent to the entire IWCF membership for its vote on final funding decisions. The number of grants awarded and the total amount awarded depend on the size of IWCF’s pooled fund and the amounts sought by the finalist proposals.

IWCF funds broadly. Funding is not limited to women’s causes, but rather to impactful and innovative projects that IWCF members have determined best meet its funding criteria. Awards are typically disbursed in installments in May and December. For the 2016-2017 grant year, IWCF offered single and multi-year grant options in a range of awards for $20,000 to $30,000.

For more information, visit the grants page. To join this committee contact our Grants Chair.