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Great Fish Community Challenge

Opportunity for Montana Nonprofits in Eligible
Regions to Participate in a Fundraising Campaign

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Foundation / Corporation

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Whitefish Community Foundation (WCF)

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Deadline Date:

02/27/20 4:00 PM MST


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Opportunity to Montana nonprofit organizations and government agencies in eligible regions to participate in a fundraising campaign and receive gifts and grants. New applicants are required to attend a mandatory meeting in order to participate. Additionally, applicants must have applied for a grant from the Whitefish Community Foundation Community Grant Program in a prior year. Funding may only be used to benefit programs based in Flathead County.

The purpose of the campaign is to build camaraderie and mission awareness within the Whitefish nonprofit community at large and allow everyone to benefit from lower fundraising costs.

The 2020 campaign will launch July 30 and span seven weeks. With a single gift made to the Whitefish Community Foundation between July 30 and September 18, donors can contribute to any number of local charities participating in the Great Fish Community Challenge.

Participation in the Challenge is free for nonprofits.

Nonprofits must raise at least $5,000 to qualify for the match. 

Rules and Procedures:

Eligible contributions (from donors):

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 152817

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Great Fish Community Challenge grant structure was developed to allow all organizations to benefit fairly from the match.

- The $5,000 Minimum: No match will be awarded if the nonprofit does not raise the $5,000 minimum.
- The $20,000 Cap: Participating nonprofits receive all gifts designated to the organization. The matching grant will be calculated on the first $20,000 of eligible contributions (defined below) designated to the organization during the campaign.
- The Match Percentage: The match percentage depends on the ratio of the total amount raised in the Great Fish Challenge Match Fund compared to the amount of eligible designated contributions raised by participating nonprofits during the campaign.

The Great Fish Award will be presented at the conclusion of the Great Fish Community Challenge. The recipient will be an organization that participated in the Challenge, demonstrated commitment, enthusiasm, and creativity during the Challenge, and showed strong support for the Challenge and the Color Fun Run. The total number of donors, amount of money raised, willingness to participate in Challenge events, and the organization’s interaction with other nonprofits in the spirit of the Great Fish Community Challenge will be considered. This award comes with a $7,500 grant.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to participate in the 2020 Great Fish Community Challenge, organizations must:

- Be located in Flathead County, Montana.
- Provide a service or benefit to the residents of the greater Whitefish area.
- Have 501(c)(3) public charity status with the IRS or be a government entity.
- Have updated their GuideStar profile to achieve the GuideStar Bronze Level of participation prior to submitting their application.
- Have applied for a grant from the Whitefish Community Foundation Community Grant Program in a prior year. Participation in the Community Grant Program allows the Grants Committee to become acquainted with an organization’s mission, programs, and needs through their application and a site visit. Priority will be given to organizations who have received a Community Grant.

- Educational institutions are not eligible to participate. (Educational institutions are defined as places where people of different ages gain an education, including preschools, childcare, elementary schools, and universities, and excluding places that offer classes in a specific activity, such as music or art)
- Funds raised cannot be used for programs supporting a specific religious doctrine or political program.
- Applicant organizations may not be sponsored organizations (a sponsored organization is defined as an organization that has a fiscal sponsor from which it receives funds, and the sponsored organization operates under the nonprofit status of the sponsor).
- Organizations may participate in either the Great Fish Community Challenge or the Give Local Flathead program, but not both.

Whitefish Community Foundation will not fund projects/programs that duplicate services.

Ineligible contributions (from donors):

Pre-proposal Conference:

- January 16th: Initial Great Fish Community Challenge meeting for all new and old nonprofits applying for the 2020 Great Fish Community Challenge. This meeting is mandatory for any nonprofits applying for the Great Fish Community Challenge 2020 who have not participated before. Click here to register to attend:

- February 6th: 9 a.m. – Application Workshop: Optional workshop at the Whitefish Community Foundation office for nonprofits requiring assistance with the Great Fish Community Challenge application. Applicants are requested to bring a laptop, iPad, and their questions. (Also offered on February 13.) Email the Foundation at to register for this training.

- February 13th: Noon – Application Workshop: See the above explanation. Location: Underscore Art Gallery – conference room upstairs 100 Central Avenue. Email the Foundation at contact@whitefishcommunityfoundation.orgto register for this training.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications to the Great Fish Community Challenge must be submitted online by 4:00 p.m. February 27, 2020 to be considered for participation in the 2020 Challenge. The application period will close at 4:00 PM MST on February 27th.

Nonprofits will be notified of their acceptance by May 14, 2020. All accepted nonprofits will be required to attend the mandatory meeting on June 18, 2020 at 8:30 AM at Whitefish High School.

Contact Information:

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

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Whitefish Community Foundation Staff:

Linda Engh-Grady, President

Daria Perez, Vice President, Finance and Operations

Lynnette Donaldson, Finance Assistant

Kayla Nickells, Marketing and Events Coordinator

Linda Hobbs, Special Projects

P.O. Box 1060
214 2nd Street West, Suite 1
Whitefish, MT 59937

Phone: (406) 863-1781
Fax: (406) 863-2628

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