Community Strategies Grant: $10,000 or Less

Inland Northwest Community Foundation

Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $10,000

Next deadline: Aug 21, 2018 5:00pm PDT

Later deadlines: Jan 16, 2019 5:00pm PST

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Nonprofit Government Entity

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Education / Outreach, Capital Project, Training / Capacity Building, General Operating Expense

Location of project: Counties in Idaho: Benewah County, Bonner County, Boundary County, Clearwater County, Idaho County Expand all

Location of residency: Preferred: Counties in Idaho: Benewah County, Bonner County, Boundary County, Clearwater County, Idaho County, Kootenai County, Latah County, Lewis County, Nez Perce County, Shoshone County, Counties in Washington: Adams County, Asotin County, Columbia County, Ferry County, Garfield County, Lincoln County, Pend Oreille County, Spokane County, Stevens County, Whitman County Other eligible locations: United States

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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 our region.

Program Areas

  • Arts & 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 & nutrition; housing & 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.

INWCF will consider operating support grants for start-up or existing organizations if the applicant can make a clear case for how short-term operating assistance can make a difference to those served or the capacity of the organization at this time.

INWCF will consider funding requests for projects designed to improve an organization’s long-term ability to serve its constituency and/or increase the quality of its programs.

Although a lower priority, INWCF may consider requests for capital and equipment support when it is convinced that such funding can make a difference, and that access to such funding elsewhere is limited.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • 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.


  • 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
  • Requests from locally-based organizations are given preference over organizations whose center of operations and/or governance is located outside of our 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.
    • For large capital requests, INWCF generally will not provide a grant until a significant majority of other funding has been secured.

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