Idaho and Montana Grant Program

Steele-Reese Foundation


Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $50,000

Next deadline: Jan 9, 2019 10:59pm PST (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Apr 1, 2019 10:59pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit Government Entity

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Capital Project, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Idaho, Montana

Location of residency: United States

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Overview:

The Steele-Reese Foundation is a charitable trust committed to supporting rural communities and the nonprofit organizations that serve them in Idaho, Montana, and Appalachian Kentucky. Since its inception, the Foundation has maintained a focus on the unique challenges of rural living and on helping people build healthy, successful, and sustainable communities.

The Foundation supports nonprofit organizations working in the areas of rural education; health; human/social services; the arts and humanities; and land, water, and wildlife conservation and historic preservation. Applications from organizations operating outside of the Foundation's regional or programming areas are not eligible for funding. Please check back periodically for the latest updates about the Foundation's priorities and application policies.

Idaho and Montana Grant Program

In its Western Program Region, The Steele-Reese Foundation makes grants only to entities operating in the states of Idaho and Montana. 

Program Areas

Rural Education

The Foundation focuses on early childhood to Grade 12 education programming. Examples include funding for supplemental programs in early childhood education settings; elementary, middle, and high school programs that improve outcomes for students; support of literacy programs and out-of-school-time services; and charter schools and other model school programs that provide quality educational options for students and families. We also provide assistance to small public libraries. The Foundation does not accept applications to directly fund higher education, though we will consider early childhood to Grade 12 programs run by colleges or universities or state or local education districts. The Foundation also supports a small college scholarship program for graduates of high schools in Lemhi and Custer Counties, Idaho (please see the Idaho Scholarships page).

The Foundation is primarily interested in education projects that demonstrate a comprehensive level of engagement with participants that result in clear and measurable outcomes. We are not typically able to fund those projects with single or limited interactions with students or those whose primary outcome is to raise awareness or introduce a concept. 

Rural Human/Social Services 

Examples include programs for low-income and under-represented populations, including elders, homeless individuals, people living with disabilities, young children, disadvantaged or disconnected older youth, young people or adults involved in the criminal justice system, and survivors of abuse or domestic violence. Examples also include local fire-protection services, parks and other civic improvements, and local food banks.

Rural Conservation and Preservation 

Examples include land, wildlife, and historic preservation and restoration projects; ecosystem protection programs; and water projects. All conservation or environmental programs must be locally focused.

National organizations are eligible for support only if all Steele-Reese funds will be employed directly in projects located in the geographical areas served by the Foundation and if the coordinating entity can demonstrate substantial connections to the people and organizations in these areas. 

Rural Health 

Examples include services in preventive health programs; medical clinics; small hospitals; EMS and ambulance units; family-planning programs, and hospices. While the Foundation has, in a limited manner, supported equipment purchases for rural medical facilities, it is not currently considering unsolicited requests for such purposes in Idaho and Montana.

Rural Arts and Humanities 

Examples include local visual arts programs, music and performance arts, and the broader support of creative arts activities and efforts to maintain the rich histories of the Foundation’s funding geographies. 

Capital Improvements and Campaigns

In all program areas, the Foundation makes a limited number of grants for capital improvements, fixtures, and remodeling, retrofitting, and building new structures. In projects involving the building of a new facility or other large-scale capital endeavors, we typically make these grants only during the closing phases when a substantial portion of the required funds are already in hand. 

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Eligibility:

  • Criteria . The criteria that follow relate to each of the program areas listed above and offer guidance to prospective applicants. Proposed projects should: 
    • Serve rural areas;
    • Help people to help themselves;
    • Be modest and direct in aim;
    • Be narrow in function;
    • Be based on experience;
    • Demonstrate community financial, in-kind, or other support;
    • Be essential, rather than merely desirable; and
    • Yield a direct and measurable, rather than a remote, benefit to people .
    • Be conducted by competent, practical organizations and managers and demonstrate strong leadership capacity at both the organizational and program level.
  • All entities are required to submit proof of 501(c)3 tax-exempt status as part of their applications.
  • An exception to this requirement is for tax-exempt governmental entities or agencies such as schools, fire departments, and libraries; these entities should submit a letter on official letterhead verifying their public status. 
  • National organizations are eligible for support only if all Steele-Reese funds will be employed directly in projects located in the geographical areas served by the Foundation and if the coordinating entity can demonstrate substantial connections to the people and organizations in these areas. 

Ineligibility:

  • No grants are made to individuals or to organizations that have not been recognized as federally tax-exempt by the Internal Revenue Service.
  • The Foundation does not accept applications to directly fund higher education, though we will consider early childhood to Grade 12 programs run by colleges or universities or state or local education districts. 
  • The Foundation will not consider proposals for support of projects to assist with any of the following:
    • Endowment funds 
    • Emergencies 
    • Community funds and charity drives 
    • Conferences and workshops or their related travel 
    • Documentaries 
    • Efforts to influence elections directly or indirectly 
    • Planning, research, experimental, or untested projects 
    • Athletic or academic competitions, or related travel 
    • Efforts to promulgate religious or political beliefs or agendas


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