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Community Strategies Grant Program - More than $10,000

Large Grants to Eastern Washington and North Idaho Nonprofits
and Agencies for Arts, Human Services, Education, and Environment

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Inland Northwest Community Foundation (INWCF)

LOI Date:

01/16/18

Deadline Date:

02/23/18 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants starting at $10,000 to Eastern Washington and North Idaho nonprofits, Tribes, and public agencies (e.g., school districts and municipalities) for a wide range of community benefit projects. Preliminary applications are due by February 23. Grant focus areas include:

- Arts and Culture
- Community Improvement: Includes animal protection and welfare; public safety and disaster preparedness; employment and economic development
- Education
- Environment: Includes conservation and protection; beautification; education
- Human Services: Includes food and nutrition; housing and shelter; health; youth services; family services; senior services

Grant Funding Categories:

- Program/Project Support: These grants are restricted to a specific program or project that provides a direct benefit to the organizations constituents to achieve measured results.

- Capital/Equipment: These grants support the construction, purchase and renovation of facilities, land acquisition, and occasionally the purchase of vehicles or equipment.

- Capacity Building: These grants strengthen an organization to better achieve its mission. Capacity building may include but is not limited to: infrastructure improvement, organizational assessment, strategic planning, board/staff development etc.

For all grant requests, the Community Foundation encourages requests that incorporate one or more of the following:

- Promising potential of long-term impact on residents and/or physical environments
- Meaningful, reasonable, and measurable outcomes
- Innovative approaches to address community issues
- Strengthening and enhancing community assets
- Building the self-sufficiency of individuals and/or organizations
- Attracting additional funding
- Utilizing effective partnerships and/or collaborations

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177627

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amounts typically are between $5,000 and $30,000 and support grants in a wide range of program areas. Applications are split by grants above $10,000 and grants below $10,000. This post is for grants above $10,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for funding, an applicant must be a public charity with tax-exempt status under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a federally recognized Tribe. Under certain circumstances, applications from public entities such as school districts, municipalities, or unincorporated groups or associations may be considered. Please contact our program staff for more information. In all cases, the applicant organization/program must have a clear charitable purpose.

INWCF does fund faith-based organizations provided their activities address the needs of the wider community without regard to religious beliefs. The Foundation does not fund religious activities or organizations that require religious activity or affiliation as a condition of receiving services.

INWCF does consider grants for start-up or recently formed organizations if there is evidence of thorough planning and a strong sustainability plan.

Regional Restrictions:

INWCF awards grants to programs benefitting 20 Counties that comprise Eastern Washington and North Idaho. In Washington, INWCF serves Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens and Whitman Counties. In Idaho, the Foundation serves Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce and Shoshone Counties.

Some grant programs are restricted to specific communities. For example: The Palouse Region/Pullman Community Grant Program awards grants that benefit the region around Pullman, Washington; the Columbia County Children's Fund awards grants that benefit children in Columbia County, Washington; and the Equinox Grant Program funds organizations only in Bonner and Boundary counties in Idaho. Be sure to read grant guidelines carefully to find out if regional restrictions apply.

Note: Requests from locally-based organizations are given preference over organizations whose center of operations and/or governance is located outside of the 20-County region. Should you choose to submit an application, you must specifically address how the requested funding will benefit the INWCF service area and how you will ensure that INWCF funds will not be used outside our service area.

The Community Strategies Grant Program generally does not provide support for:

- Individuals
- Academic or scientific research
- Debt retirement, operating deficits or after-the-fact support
- Direct or grassroots lobbying
- Expenses, including travel expenses to attend conferences, workshops, events or symposia, unless part of a broader capacity building request that improves the organization’s ability to deliver services
- Endowments
- Publications, radio, video or film production
- Public, private, or parochial education institutions (including their foundations) except in special circumstances when support is essential to programs/projects that meet community needs and are not considered standard educational services.
- Replacement of lost/expired government funding
- Programs addressing specific diseases or health conditions or other special-interest organizations, except when such support significantly benefits the disadvantaged.
- One-time fundraising events or fundraising campaigns
- Chambers of commerce
- Fraternal organizations
- Organizations or projects that unlawfully discriminate with regard to employees, volunteers, delivery of programs or services, or clients served based on age, sex, religion/creed, race, color, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, marital status, military or veterans status, pregnancy or genetic information.
- Hospitals (including their foundations) except in special circumstances when support is essential to programs/projects that meet community needs.
- Universities (including their foundations) except in special circumstances when support is essential to programs/projects that meet community needs.
- Governmental agencies except in special circumstances when support is essential to programs/projects that meet community needs
- Programs with religious content. In considering applications for funding from faith-based organizations we will apply the following criteria:

* The program or service to be funded must be open to all members of the community (not just members of the particular faith community applying for funding)
* In the course of providing programs or services, faith-based organizations cannot proselytize, nor require clients to participate in or adopt any specific religious practice or belief.

Pre-Application Information:

The Community Strategies Grant Program is comprised of approximately 70 funds established by donors. These funds give INWCF the flexibility to make funding decisions that accommodate changing needs and capitalize on timely and compelling opportunities in the funding region.

Resources:

- Tips for Grantseekers: http://www.inwcf.org/receive/grant-opportunities-2/7-recieve/grants1/173-grant-application-tips
- Eligibility and FAQs: http://www.inwcf.org/receive/grant-opportunities-2/7-recieve/grants1/49-frequently-asked-grant-questions
- Grant Review and Assessment: http://www.inwcf.org/receive/grant-opportunities-2/grant-review-questions

Application:

The Community Strategies Grant Program has two cycles per year. An organization may apply for funds once every twelve months per grant program. If you applied for a grant in one round of Community Strategies, regardless of award, you may not apply again in the following round. For application dates, please see the Application Calendar: http://www.inwcf.org/receive/grant-opportunities-2/grant-review-questions/7-recieve/grants1/120-application-calendar

Key Dates:

- Application Period Opens: December 4, 2017
- Deadline for preliminary application: January 16, 2018 by 5:00 PM (late applications will not be accepted)
- Deadline for full application: February 23, 2018 by 5:00 PM

Contact Information:

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

Click here to login to the application for Community Strategies: https://www.grantinterface.com/Common/LogOn.aspx?eqs=bXMxigcoqxw_0vLbybjOrxC4YfWQIszb0

If you have questions about any of INWCF’s grant programs, please INWCF Grants Program Officer, Lauren Nissen, at lnissen@inwcf.org.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Idaho: Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce and Shoshone Counties;   Washington: Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens and Whitman Counties