ICF Regional Competitive Grant Cycles

Northern Region: Opens Nov. 1, closes Jan. 15. Distribution is scheduled to begin in June. Open to applicants from Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce and Shoshone counties. Click here to apply

Eastern Region: Opens Feb. 1, closes April 1. Distribution is scheduled to begin in September. Open to applicants from Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Bonneville, Butte, Caribou, Clark, Custer, Franklin, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison, Oneida, Power and Teton counties. Click here to apply

Southwest Region: Opens May 1, closes July 1. Distribution is scheduled to begin in December. Open to applicants from Ada, Adams, Blaine, Boise, Camas, Canyon, Cassia, Elmore, Gem, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Owyhee, Payette, Twin Falls, Valley and Washington counties. Click here to apply

Click here to see a sample Regional Competitive Grant application.
Click Here to see how to apply.

Additional Grant Opportunity

Idaho Future Fund: Deadline January 15 (North); April 1 (East); July 1 (Southwestern). Provides grants from $10,000 to $20,000 intended to support gaps in educational programs (preschool through 12th grade) that gravely affect the quality of education students receive in Idaho.  Focus areas include Preschool Scholarships, Charter Schools and Public Schools/Public School Libraries.  Click here for guidelines or to apply.

Regional Competitive Grant Eligibility

Who is Eligible to Apply?

The Idaho Community Foundation invites applications from nonprofit entities as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. Qualifying organizations include:

  • Government entities, including subsidiaries and public educational institutions.
  • Entities with current 501(c)3 not-for-profit status under IRS Code Section 170.

NOTE: If you do not meet the preceding criteria but still believe that you should be allowed to apply, either because you consider your organization to be a nonprofit entity or because your proposed project is of a charitable nature, please contact ICF’s Grants Department at grants@idcomfdn.org or (208) 342-3535 to discuss this possibility.

Important information

  • Grant applications must be submitted via our online application process by the deadline to be eligible for consideration.
  • Late applications will not be considered.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Applications submitted via e-mail or by fax will not be considered.

Criteria and Grant Size:

The mission of the Idaho Community Foundation is “To Enrich the Quality of Life Throughout Idaho.” Grants are awarded through the Regional Grant Cycle for a wide range of organizations and for a wide range of projects consistent with that mission.

Grant areas include:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Conservation/Environment
  • Education
  • Emergency Services
  • Health
  • Libraries
  • Public Projects
  • Recreation
  • Social Services

Grant Restrictions:

The following will not be considered for the regional competitive grants program:

  • Projects which are considered operating expenses or salaries normally paid by a school district (salaries for special projects not normally funded by a school district will be considered)
  • Religious organizations for the sole purpose of furthering that religion
  • Political activities or those designed to influence legislation
  • National organizations (unless the monies are to be used to benefit citizens of Idaho or the organizations are specifically designated by a donor as beneficiaries of the fund)
  • Grants that directly benefit a donor to ICF or a donor’s family

Favored Activities:

In general, the Idaho Community Foundation favors activities that:

  • Reach a broad segment of the community, especially those citizens whose needs are not being met by existing services that are normally expected to be provided by private rather than government sources
  • Request seed money to realize unusual opportunities to meet urgent needs in the community
  • Stimulate and encourage additional funding
  • Promote cooperation and avoid duplication of effort
  • Help make a charitable organization more effective and efficient and better able to sustain itself over the long term.

Less Favored / Low Priority Activities:

The following areas are of low priority to ICF and usually will not receive funding:

  • Reduction of debt
  • Grants to individuals (except scholarships)
  • Fund raising projects
  • Travel for individuals or teams
  • Attendance at conferences, seminars or other projects
  • Endowments
  • Programs that fall more appropriately under government funding, such as operating expenses for public schools and police and fire protection
  • Capital projects for which the Foundation’s ability to contribute will be only a very small portion of the total budget and, therefore, may have little impact on the success of the project

Number of Applications Allowed:

Past grant recipients are encouraged to apply. Nonprofit organizations may apply every year, regardless of previous funding or current year funding through other ICF grant programs.

For a complete list of past grant recipients, please view our Annual Reports, available in the “Publications” section of ICF’s website. Grants are listed in each Annual Report according to the primary county served by the grant.

Grant Size:

All applicants are invited to apply for up to $5,000.

Grant Application Preparation Checklist:

Prospective applicants should be prepared to answer or address the following:

  1. The organization name. This should be the organization’s legal name under which it is incorporated or operates and/or by which it is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
  2. Contact information for the organization, the executive director, and an alternate contact person.
  3. Information related to your nonprofit status. If you are a 501(c)3 organization, you must provide your organization’s Tax ID #, also referred to as an “Employer Identification Number” (EIN). Note: Government entities, including subsidiaries and public educational institutions DO NOT have to submit their EIN.
  4. An executive summary of your proposal.
  5. Your organization’s mission statement. If your organization does not have a mission statement, a brief overview of your organization and its primary objectives will be sufficient.
  6. A list of other organizations in your area that provide service(s) similar to what you provide.
  7. The primary and secondary counties served by the proposal.
  8. Proposal information including:
    Description of the project
    1. Explanation of the need for the project
    2. Anticipated accomplishments of the project - what will be the result?
    3. Information on the sustainability of the project (who is responsible for its success, plans for the future, etc.)
  9. Financial Information - including:
    1. A budget for the project, itemized to the extent possible
    2. A list of other funding sources, in-kind donations, or other support, if any, for the project, indicating whether they are committed or pending
    3. Plans for future funding, if applicable
    4. The amount requested from the Idaho Community Foundation
  10. The names and phone numbers of your board of directors. Public educational institutions may satisfy this requirement with a current list of school board board members. Counties may satisfy this requirement with a current list of county commissioners, cities with a list of city council members, etc. Please comply with the format requested.


Our online application does not allow attachments such as letters of support, testimonials or photos. If you would like our grant reviewers to have access to this type of information, we encourage you to include a website or email address in your application narrative through which our grant reviewers can access or request a copy of the materials you would like to share. Please do not send attachment materials to ICF as we will not be able to share them with our grant reviewers.

Process and Notification:

Once your online application is submitted you should receive a screen with the following information (specific to your region):

Thank you for submitting your application.

Once all of the applications for the XX Region Grant Cycle have been collected we will begin to review them, in the event that any additional information is needed an ICF staff member will contact you. Award letters are sent out in late XX. If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to us at (208)342-3535.

If you do not receive a message similar to the above text there are errors within your application which will need to be addressed before the application is submitted.

All qualifying proposals will be reviewed by ICF’s Regional Grants Panel. Final funding decisions for Greatest Need Regional Competitive Grants are made by ICF’s Board of Directors at their quarterly meeting.

Contacting ICF’s Grants Department:

Please feel free to contact the staff at the Idaho Community Foundation if you have any questions or concerns related to your grant application, or the competitive grant process. Email is preferred, though you may contact us at the numbers listed below.

E-mail: grants@idcomfdn.org
Phone: (208) 342-3535 or (800) 657-5357
Fax: (208) 342-3577
Street Address: 210 West State Street, Boise, ID 83702

All materials submitted become the property of the Idaho Community Foundation.

Please retain a copy of your application for your records.