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Persistence Fund Grant

Matching Grants to Idaho Nonprofits to Protect Human
Rights and Promote Environmental Justice

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Fund for Idaho - Persistence Fund

Deadline Date:

08/31/18 Postmarked


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Matching grants of up to $7,500 to Idaho nonprofit organizations for programs that support community-led efforts for human rights and environmental justice. New applicants must contact the Foundation before applying. Funding is intended to promote work in policy change and strategic issues in the following areas:

- Human Rights: Empowering and defending marginalized communities to assuring economic fairness,immigrant justice, and access to essential services.
- Environmental Integrity: Protecting land and people from contamination and destruction.

Persistence Fund grants provide matching funds to organizations working in concrete ways to push back against the policy changes that endanger immigrant rights, access to health care, disability rights, and cause environmental degradation.

The Fund offers support to groups that are too small, too new, or too controversial to attract other grants.

Grant applications will be evaluated based on how well they address each of these Persistence Fund goals:

- Support community-based and/or grassroots activists/advocates work to advance policy change that ensures fairness, integrity, and compassion for all Idahoans.
- Actively engage those affected by a problem in the process of identifying and pursuing solutions.
- Promote collaboration with other groups based on identifying issues they have in common.

In response to this disturbing time of social and political unrest, the Fund for Idaho’s Persistence Fund is supporting organizations coming together to overcome the rising tide of intolerance and divisiveness in Idaho. These grants will fund the work of Idahoans who have come together to push back against the forces that would remove compassion and justice from Idaho values. Grant decisions are made by an inclusive, diverse committee of both activists and donors.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172366

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $7,500

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must:

- Be based in Idaho and working in Idaho
- Have IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt status (may be fiscally sponsored) or be a recognized tribal government
- Have an annual operating budget under $300,000 (the fiscal agent’s budget may exceed $300,000)

The Fund for Idaho will not fund:

- Social services or direct service delivery with no policy change goal or issue organizing component
- Federal, state, or local government entities
- Organizations based outside of Idaho
- Individuals
- Capital Campaigns (building construction or renovation)
- Scholarships to colleges or universities
- Any group that practices or promotes partisan or legally defined discriminatory policies relating to race, creed, age, gender, sexual orientation, ability, religion, or national origin

Pre-Application Information:

Completed applications are due (postmarked by) August 31, 2018. Grants will be awarded in November 2018.

All new applicants must have a conversation with the Fund before submitting an application. Applicants should contact Executive Director Gail Heylmun.

Persistence Fund grants will provide matching funds to grant recipient organizations.

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Contact Information:

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

Mail completed proposals to:

Fund for Idaho
P.O. Box 769
Boise, ID 83701-0769

Gail Heylmun
Executive Director
(208) 343-1744

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Idaho