GRant Programs

Improving our communities…Building STrong Nonprofits.


Community Grant Program

Whitefish Community Foundation’s Community Grant Program offers one application cycle annually and accepts applications from nonprofits of all sizes, including nonprofits participating in the Great Fish Community Challenge. The maximum Community Grant request is $10,000.  Accepting applications from January 8 to February 15, 2024 at 5 p.m. MST


Great Fish Community Challenge

A multi-week charitable giving campaign that takes place annually, the Great Fish Community Challenge has raised more than $28M for Flathead Valley nonprofits since 2015. Applications to participate in the 2024 Great Fish Community Challenge will open April 8.


Micro Grant Program

Micro Grant Program is designed to assist small nonprofits with immediate needs. 501(c)(3) nonprofits are able to apply for up to $1,000 funding once annually.


Kids Fund Program

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The Kids Fund program is open to nonprofit projects and programs serving youth who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless in the areas of education, health, and safety.


Whitefish Community Foundation provides Emergency Grants to fund projects or repairs that must be IMMEDIATELY ADDRESSED, or they will prevent the applying nonprofit from operating.

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Major Community Project Grants

Whitefish Community Foundation has awarded over $769,000 in Major Community Project Grants since the program’s inception in 2010.

Nate chute foundation
$30,000 kids fund Grant

DECEMBER, 2023:  Whitefish Community Foundation awarded a $30,000 Kids Fund Grant to Nate Chute Foundation to support peer-to-peer mental health and suicide prevention training in local public schools. Grant monies will be used to connect and educate high school students who are participating in established clubs to support their peers in times of crisis.  LEARN MORE

$50,000 Major Community Project grant

DECEMBER, 2023: Whitefish Community Foundation awarded a $50,000 Major Community Project Grant for the restoration of the historic buildings at the Big Creek Outdoor Education Center, located 20 miles north of Columbia Falls. More than 30,000 children and teens have participated in the Glacier Institute’s outdoor education programs at Big Creek since 1983. Critically needed renovations  will help preserve the center for generations to come.  LEARN MORE

Flathead Audubon Society
$50,000 Major Community Project Grant

MAY, 2023:  Whitefish Community Foundation awarded a $50,000 Major Community Project Grant to Flathead Audubon Society to purchase a conservation easement for the 442-acre Owen Sowerwine natural area, a section of State of Montana school trust land that includes parts of the braided section of the Flathead and Stillwater rivers, wetlands, open grassy areas, wildlife habitat, and a wide array of native plants and birds. LEARN MORE

Current grantees

2022 Grantees

Spring Community Grantees
Major Community Project Fund Grantees
Kids Fund Grantees
Micro Grantees
Community Emergency Response Grantees

2021 Grantees

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Whitefish Community Foundation is a philanthropic partner to many nonprofits serving the greater Whitefish area. If your nonprofit has received a grant, please list Whitefish Community Foundation in your marketing materials and include our logo wherever possible.

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