Community Grant Program Guidelines


The Whitefish Community Foundation (the “Foundation”) supports nonprofit, charitable organizations that enhance the quality of life for residents of Flathead Valley, Montana.


Applications for the Spring Cycle will open January 25, 2021, and close February 25, 2021, at 4:00 PM MST.


Applications for the Fall Cycle will open August 30, 2021, and close September 30, 2021, at 4:00 PM MST.

Nonprofits may apply once annually to receive a Community Grant, and the maximum award will be $4,000. Organizations not participating in the 2021 Great Fish Community Challenge are eligible to apply for a Community Grant.


  • 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. 



  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)


The Foundation’s Grant 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 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 twice a year through a Spring and Fall application process.

Applications will be evaluated by the Grants Committee during the month following the close of each cycle, and successful applicants will be notified at the end of that month.

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

  • Organizations outside Flathead County
  • 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


Columbia Falls School District Columbia Falls Bookmobile’s teacher-led project for literacy and food security during the summer months $4,000
City of Whitefish  Fireproof coats and pants for volunteer firefighters $4,000
City of Whitefish  Summer Day Camp scholarship program $4,000
Flathead Community Health Center Patient assistance fund for out-patient costs (focused mainly on diabetic needs) and transportation $3,000
CF-WF High School Swim Teams Support self-funded Columbia Falls and Whitefish High School Swim Teams $4,000
Funding Families With Type 1 Diabetes Type I Diabetic Camp on Flathead Lake in August $4,000
Rails to Trails of Northwest Montana Street art murals on three pedestrian tunnels along shared-use trail in Kalispell $4,000
Girls on the Run Flathead Valley Running and life-skills program scholarships for girls in 3rd to 5th grade  $4,000
Glacier Queer Alliance LGBTQ+ community workshops to support queer friends, family, coworkers, and Valley residents $4,000
The Vital Ground Foundation Permanently protect 11 acres north of Polebridge and adjacent to Glacier National Park $2,500
Immanuel Foundation Dedicated hospice room for residents reaching the ends of their lives $2,000
Whitefish Safe Grad Night Safe, inclusive and fun event for Whitefish High School graduating seniors to celebrate graduation $3,000
Whitefish Shines Snowflake lighting and storage project  $3,294
NorthWest Montana Back Country Horsemen Program to teach 4-H youth how to pack on stock and ensure horses are trail-safe $2,000
Creative Arts Council Scholarships for Eureka-area residents for arts programs $2,500
Whitefish Freestyle, INC Need-based scholarship program for young Flathead Valley skiers and snowboarders $3,000
Flathead Rivers Alliance Design and implement River Ambassador Program at various access points on forks of the Flathead River $3,000
   TOTAL GRANTED $56,294

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