Whitefish Community Foundation | Community Grant Programs
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Community Grant Program

Whitefish Community Foundation’s Community Grant Program is administered on a quarterly granting cycle. Nonprofits are able to apply once annually for a maximum of $2,000 to benefit programs or projects based in the Flathead Valley. Nonprofit organizations are eligible to participate in the Community Grant Program, unless you have been accepted to participate in the 2018 Great Fish Community Challenge. Participation in any other granting program, including those from other community foundations, does not preclude you from applying and receiving a grant from us. Complete Community Grant Program application and guidelines will be available when you log in to apply.

Community Grant Program Dates


Winter: January 2 – March 29, 2018

Spring: March 30 – June 28, 2018

Summer: June 29 – September 27, 2018

Fall: September 28 – December 27, 2018


March 29, 2018 at 4:00 PM

June 28, 2018 at 4:00 PM

September 27, 2018 at 4:00 PM

December 27, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Community Grant Program Application

You will need your Organizational information, including your Tax ID number, and the contact information for your Executive Officer.

Major Community Project Grants


Whitefish Community Foundation has awarded over $442,100 Major Community Project Grants since the programs inception in 2010. In 2017, three Major Grants were awarded:

  • Whitefish Lake Institute (Photo above) awarded $38,500 for the Decontamination Station
  • Whitefish School District awarded $25,000 for the Center for Sustainability and Entrepreneurship
  • The Trust For Public Lands received a combined grant of $20,000 from the Foundation and two partners to finish Part 1 of the Stillwater Basin Conservation Project.

Major Community Project Grants are normally $10,000 awards and up, and are given to support capital projects and programs that benefit our community.

Major Community Project Grant Program

The Major Community Project Grant Program is at the discretion of the Board of Directors. Inquires can be sent by email to Whitefish Community Foundation.

Whitefish Lake Institute -Decontamination Station 2017

Whitefish Theatre Company for Act II Lobby Addition 2015 and Projector 2012.

Whitefish Legacy Partners – Beaver Lakes Conservation 2013

Emergency Grant Requests

Emergency Grant Requests

Emergency Grant requests are accepted from nonprofits with true emergencies for unexpected needs. An application is required. Please contact us if you have questions.

2017 Community Grant Recipients

  • Casting for Recovery–Western Montana
  • CF–WF HS Swim Teams
  • Children’s House Montessori School
  • City of Whitefish Parks and Recreation
  • Civil Air Patrol Flathead Composite Squadron
  • Climate Smart Glacier Country
  • Family Forestry Expo
  • Farming for the Future Academy Inc.
  • Flathead Area Mountain Bikers, Inc
  • Flathead Audubon Society
  • Flathead Food Bank
  • Flathead Land Trust, Inc
  • Flathead Rapids
  • Flathead Spay & Neuter Task Force
  • Gateway to Glacier Trail, Inc.
  • Montana Equestrian Events
  • Montana Kayak Academy

  • North West Montana Veterans Stand Down
  • Olney-Bissell School
  • Ravenwood Natural Science Center
  • Riding on Insulin
  • Samaritan House
  • Shepherd’s Hand Free Clinic
  • Special Olympics Montana
  • The Patrol Fund
  • WAG, Inc.–Whitefish Animal Group
  • Whitefish Arts Council
  • Whitefish Community Center
  • Whitefish Community Garden
  • Whitefish Community School
  • Whitefish Housing Authority
  • Whitefish Library Association
  • Whitefish School District #44
  • Whitefish Shines!


Number of Nonprofits receiving Community Grant support in 2017


Amount Awarded in the 2017 Community Grant Program


Awarded in 2017 from the Micro and Emergency Grant Programs


Total Community Grants awarded since program began in 2000

Interested in learning more about Whitefish Community Foundation's grant programs?

Please give us a call at 406-863-1781

Grant Recipients

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.