the Kids Fund


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Whitefish Community Foundation’s – Kids Fund Program – Giving Voice to Children, will work to help nonprofit organizations by providing funding that enables them to better assist our community’s vulnerable and homeless youth. The goal is to move them from surviving to thriving. The three main areas of focus are to provide safety, educational opportunities, and access to a healthy life, in order to create lasting life changes.

The Kids Fund Program will work with nonprofits and community partners to fund programs that will:

  • Provide advocacy based on identified needs for our most vulnerable youth
  • Increase access to educational opportunities, tutoring, growth, and graduation, and employment assistance with job skills training
  • Work to prevent youth homelessness by providing effective tools for prevention and direction toward stable housing
  • Meet the basic needs of our youth by providing access to food, clothing, hygiene, and laundry facilities

The Kids Fund – Giving Voice to Children offers two application pathways based on request
size. Both applications are open to nonprofit projects and programs primarily serving
disadvantaged and/or homeless Flathead Valley youth with immediate needs in the areas of
health, safety, and education. 

2021 KIDS FUND FAST-TRACK: One-Time Grants up to $10,000

Accepting applications until December 9, 2021

Kids Fund Fast-Track applying organizations:
1. Currently serve homeless youth, or youth at-risk of becoming homeless in Flathead County.
2. Are requesting a one-time grant. The maximum request is $10,000.

This pathway, Kids Fund Fast-Track, accepts one-time grant requests up to $10,000. If you intend to apply for a one-time grant of more than $10,000, or a multi-year grant to build programs serving homeless and at-risk youth in the Flathead Valley, please refer to the 2021 KIDS FUND grant program below.

Send a check made out to

Whitefish Community Foundation
P.O. Box 1060
Whitefish, MT 59937

Gifts of appreciated securities, IRA rollovers, and gifts from Foundations and Donor Advised Funds can be made by calling the Whitefish Community Foundation. Contact Linda Engh-Grady for more information 406-863-1781

2021 KIDS FUND: One-Time Grants Over $10,000 or Multi-year Grant Requests

Accepting applications until December 9, 2021

Kids Fund applying organizations:
1. Currently serve homeless youth, or youth at-risk of becoming homeless in Flathead County.
2. Are requesting a minimum grant of $10,001 to a maximum of $50,000, with the possibility of
renewable grants, depending on the scale and needs of the program.

This pathway accepts one-time grant requests for more than $10,000, or multi-year requests of up to $50,000/year for up to three years. If you intend to apply for a one-time grant of less than $10,000, please see The Kids Fund FAST TRACK.

In 2020, The Kids Fund of Whitefish Community Foundation was pleased to present a grant for $50,000 to create a new program to help foster children aging out of the system get on their feet and find resources. The award is a multi year grant that will provide $90,000 to establish this program and help it become sustainable.

To learn more about the recent award to CASA and the new program called “FOCUS” click below.

Check Presented to Casa

Photo Credit: Daily Interlake. Whitefish Community Foundation Program and Outreach Officer Lynnette Donaldson, presents a check for $50,000 to Shaynne Clark (FOCUS Youth Program Manager), Jamie Campbell (CASA For Kids Executive Director), and Hunter Mena (MSW Graduate Intern).

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