GRant Programs

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Community Grant Program

Whitefish Community Foundation’s Community Grant Program offers one application cycle in the spring and accepts applications from nonprofits of all sizes, including nonprofits participating in the Great Fish Community Challenge. The maximum Community Grant request is $10,000.00. Accepting applications from February 27 to March 30, 2023 at 4pm MST


Great Fish Community Challenge

A six-week charitable giving campaign that takes place annually, the Great Fish Community Challenge has raised more than $17M for Flathead Valley nonprofits since 2015. Applications to participate in the 2022 Great Fish Community Challenge are accepted April 18 – June 2, 2022.


Micro Grant Program

Micro Grant Program is designed to assist small nonprofits with immediate needs. Nonprofit organizations that are 501(c)(3) 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 disadvantaged, homeless youth in the specific areas of education, health, and safety.


The 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 $704,000 Major Community Project Grants since the program’s inception in 2010.

2022 Community Grant Awardees to be Announced June 7

MAY, 2022: Whitefish Community Foundation invites the community to join us for an evening of celebration on Tuesday, June 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the O’Shaughnessy Center in Whitefish as we celebrate our Community Grant recipients and present several special awards, including the Doris Schumm Community Spirit Award, Russ and Mary Jane Street Community Service Award, the Jean and Bill Howard Memorial Award, and the new Founders Leadership Award. 

Flathead Youth Home

Flathead Youth Home Receives $36,000 Kids Fund Grant

APRIL, 2022:  Whitefish Community Foundation awarded a $36,000 grant to Flathead Youth Home to support the creation of a new Youth Advocate position. The Youth Advocate will work with each resident to develop short and long-term goals and navigate opportunities to help ensure personal success into adulthood. The new position will allow the organization to provide ongoing support and guidance to youth for up to six months after they leave the facility.

Flathead Warming Center Receives $30,000 Community Emergency Response Grant

MARCH, 2022:  Whitefish Community Foundation awarded a $30,000 grant to Flathead Warming Center to help replace the shelter’s failing roof. Flathead Warming Center is a nonprofit shelter located in Kalispell that provides overnight lodging, showers and laundry access for up to 40 individuals per night during the coldest months of the year. 


Samaritan House Receives $45,000 Community Emergency Response Grant

FEBRUARY, 2022:  Whitefish Community Foundation awarded a $45,000 grant to Samaritan House to support the deployment of an emergency shelter for people displaced by the closure of the FairBridge Inn & Suites in Kalispell. In addition to a safe place to spend the night, guests will have access to meals, laundry, showers, case management, and other community resources while staying at the shelter.

Land to Hand Receives $25,000 Major Community Project Grant

JANUARY, 2022:  Whitefish Community Foundation awarded a $25,000 grant to Land to Hand to support the relocation of the organization’s building next to the Wildcat Garden at Columbia Falls Junior High School. The new location serves as the ideal place for Land to Hand to offer gardening and healthy cooking programs for children, as well as to store, stage, and deliver food to those in need.

Glacier Nordic Club Receives $10,000 Community Emergency Response Grant

JANUARY, 2022:  Whitefish Community Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to Glacier Nordic Club to help replace the antiquated lighting system on the Glacier Nordic Center at Whitefish Lake Restaurant. The new lights replace a 40-year-old system that was no longer up to code. Glacier Nordic Club hopes to have the project completed by the end of the 2022 skiing season.

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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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