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Small Grants Program

Community Engagement Grants to Non-Profits and
Government Agencies in Eligible States

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Intermountain West Funder Network

Deadline Date:

09/14/12 5:00 PM MT


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Community engagement grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to non-profits and government agencies in multiple western states to address emerging community needs and promote stewardship of natural resources. Eligible proposals will offer innovative solutions to a variety of current issues such as sustainable land use, water, public lands, etc.. It is expected that the work accomplished through these programs will serve as models for other communities throughout the region.

The program will attempt to identify and fund projects in diverse locations (e.g. rural, amenity, exurb communities) and in a variety of locations throughout the Intermountain West. Priority will be given to: programs that have impact across a variety of issue areas; smaller organizations with budgets under $500,000; projects with matching funding from one or more local philanthropic sources (e.g., community foundation, local individual donors) in place; projects including collaboration between two or more diverse stakeholders on issues relating to land use, growth and development who are engaging their communities to create a shared vision and implement a plan; projects with potential to create long-lasting impact, with an effective problem-solving model that could be adapted and/or scaled up to be used in other areas of the Intermountain West; and projects that create impact in multiple issue areas: e.g. land use and development, civic engagement in planning process, creating alliances among disparate stakeholders.

The types of projects that could be funded include the following:
• Community engagement efforts that bring seemingly opposed stakeholders together, such as ranchers and environmentalists, to create a shared vision and to plan work together that improves their communities.
• Local or regional planning efforts that effectively bring communities throughout a region together to create a shared vision and agreement on regional priorities.
• Local projects that document the fiscal benefits of smart growth and/or illustrate the unintended fiscal consequences of policies that encourage sprawl and development.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 130033

Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

$2,500 - $15,000

Term of Contract:

12 months


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Local and tribal governments should see the guidelines and FAQs.

Pre-Application Information:

To read their regularly updated Frequently Asked Questions, visit:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please visit the program web page at:
If you have questions after reading the guidelines, application, and FAQs, contact information is provided in the FAQ document.

Grant Coverage Areas:

Excluding western parts of California, Oregon, and Washington

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona;   California;   Colorado;   Idaho;   Montana;   Nevada;   New Mexico;   Oregon;   Utah;   Washington;   Wyoming