Community Grant Program

Whitefish Community Foundation’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the expansion of the Community Grant Program in an effort to have even greater impact on our local communities. Nonprofits can now apply for up to $10,000 in funding for programs and projects benefiting the Flathead Valley or Eureka. The program is offered once annually in the spring. Applications will be accepted from February 14 to March 24, 2022 closing at 4 p.m. Organizations that plan to apply to participate in the 2022 Great Fish Community Challenge may also apply for Community Grant funding, provided they are not requesting funding for the same project or program. Whitefish Community Foundation encourages small nonprofits to apply for a Community Grant to help the Foundation become acquainted with the organization. Receiving a Community Grant is often a stepping stone to being considered as a Great Fish Community Challenge participant

ELIGIBILITY & APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

REQUIREMENTS

  • The organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity or publicly-owned tax-exempt corporation OR a 501(c)(4) service organization or 501(c)(6) trade organization presenting a project or program that serves a charitable purpose in our community.
  • Tax exempt status must exist at time of application. A copy of the organization’s official I.R.S. Determination Letter will be uploaded into this application.
  • Nonprofits providing a program or service the benefits residents of the Flathead Valley or Eureka are eligible to apply. 

 

THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS WILL BE UPLOADED INTO THE APPLICATION:

  1. Detailed Project/Program-Budget for the project or program to be supported by this grant
    • The budget will include all budgeted income sources and expenses for the life of the project/program
  2. Budget versus Actual Profit and Loss Statement for the most recently completed fiscal year
    • Profit & Loss Statements that do not include a budget column will not be accepted
    • This document may be a few pages long, but all columns must all fit on one page
  3. Two-Year Comparative Balance Sheet for the organization’s two most recently completed fiscal years
  4. IRS 501(c)(3) Determination Letter (all pages)

FUNDING CONSIDERATIONS

Whitefish Community Foundation’s Grants Committee will prioritize funding of organizations and initiatives where there is a social need and where the results will benefit our community at large. The Foundation will consider funding for projects and programs, including capital projects that are established with a record of development activity and fulfill the mission of the organization. To be eligible to receive a Community Grant, all requested funding must be allocated to projects and/or programs benefiting residents of the Flathead Valley or Eureka and be associated with one of the following categories: Arts and Culture, Animals, Civic, Conservation/Environment, Education, Health and Human Service, or Recreation.

The Community Grant Program allocates funding once annually during a spring cycle.

Successful applicants will be notified in late May. Grant awards will be distributed to successful applicants at a ceremony on June 7, 2022 in Whitefish.

Although the Community Grant Program Evaluation Committee reviews each proposal separately, it generally does not consider grants for:

  • Organizations outside Flathead County or Eureka, Montana
  • Individuals
  • Deficits or retirement of debt
  • Programs or projects promoting a religious doctrine
  • Political campaigns or projects/programs promoting a political agenda
  • Conduit organizations, i.e., organizations or events that pass funds to other organizations
  • Seed money for projects or programs not yet started, or for projects or programs that are completed or conducted prior to the grant award date
  • Event sponsorships

COMMUNITY GRANT AWARDEES

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