Opportunity Grant Program

Inland Northwest Community Foundation

Grant amount: US $250 - US $2,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Applied Project / Program

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, 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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Inland Northwest Community Foundation works closely with nonprofit organizations and others throughout the region to identify and respond to a wide range of community issues and opportunities. This might be as complex as collaborating with community leaders on a long-range plan for neighborhood preservation, or as basic as funding a program to provide shoes for children from low-income families. In all cases, INWCF looks to fund solutions that will create measurable, positive change in our region.

In Washington, we serve Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens and Whitman counties. In Idaho, we serve Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce and Shoshone counties

Opportunity Grant Program

The Opportunity Grants Program provides small grants to eligible organizations throughout the communities served by the Inland Northwest Community Foundation.

Projects eligible for funding from the Opportunity Grants Program are those that:

  • Take advantage of a compelling opportunity; or
  • Address an unexpected condition which impairs the organization’s ability to function or causes individuals/groups served by the organization to be at unusual risk.

Proposed projects must be time-sensitive to the extent that the grant cycles of INWCF’s other grant programs do not accommodate the immediate need of the organization.

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  • 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.
  • In all cases, the applicant organization/program must have a clear charitable purpose.
  • 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.
  • INWCF awards grants to support new or existing programs/projects.
  • INWCF does fund faith-based organizations provided their activities address the needs of the wider community without regard to religious beliefs.


  • 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.


  • Not considered for funding:
    • Proposals stemming from a lack of foresight or poor management of resources on the part of an organization.
  • Generally INWCF does not fund the following:
    • Individuals 
    • Academic or scientific research
    • Debt retirement
    • Direct lobbying expenses to influence legislation or elections
    • 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, video or film production
    • Private or parochial education
    • Programs with religious content
    • Replacement of lost/expired government funding
    • Programs addressing specific disease or health conditions
    • One-time fundraising events or fundraising campaigns
    • Chambers of commerce
    • Fraternal organizations
    • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age or disability
  • We do not fund religious activities or organizations that require religious activity or affiliation as a condition of receiving services.
  • Organizations cannot apply for grants from INWCF’s donor-advised funds.

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