Opportunity Grant Program

Innovia 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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Overview:

Background

Innovia 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, Innovia Foundation 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 Innovia Foundation.

Grants through this program may range from $250 to $2,000. 

Application Dates: Ongoing 

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

  • 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

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

Eligibility:

  • Eligibility Requirements
    • Public charity with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or 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. 
    • Innovia Foundation competitive are awarded to organizations providing services within the 20-county region served by the Foundation.
      • 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 Innovia Foundation service areas and how you will ensure that Innovia Foundation funds will not be used outside our service area. 

Preferences:

  • 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.

Ineligibility:

  • Not considered for funding: Proposals stemming from a lack of foresight or poor management of resources on the part of an organization.
  • Applicants cannot have any delinquent reports for previous grants awarded through all Innovia Foundation’s grant programs.
  • Our programs generally do 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. 


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