Community Grant Programs
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Community Grant Program

Whitefish Community Foundation’s Community Grant Program is offered on a spring and fall cycle. Nonprofits are able to apply once annually for a maximum of $4,000 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 2019 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


Application closed.

 Spring Community Grant Awards 2019


Application Opens: September 19

Deadline to Apply: October 31, 2019 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.


It is a goal of Whitefish Community Foundation to work with nonprofits to create stronger, accountable, and sustainable organizations.


To address the increasing number of nonprofits requesting assistance from the Community Foundation, the Nonprofit Development Program will begin accepting applications on October 25, 2019.


501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving the Flathead Valley may apply to receive one-on-one consulting services tailored to meet their needs in the following areas of focus:

  • Financial policy and other policy development
  • Accounting practices and streamlining of accounts
  • Financial reporting and oversight
  • Improving governance
  • Marketing and branding
  • Whitefish Community Foundation grant applications and grant reporting

Micro Grant Program

Micro Grant Program is designed to assist small nonprofits with immediate needs. Applications for a Micro Grant are reviewed monthly by the Grants Committee. Nonprofit organizations that are 501(c)(3) are able to apply for up to $1,000 funding once annually. Nonprofits receiving a grant through the Community Grant Program or participating in the Great Fish Community Challenge are not eligible to apply. Application for a Micro Grant must be submitted through the online grants portal.

Kids Fund – Giving Voice to Children

Kids Fund Logo

The Kids Fund is a fast-track grant program open to projects and programs serving disadvantaged, homeless youth in the specific areas of education, health and safety.

The goal of the program is to provoke nonprofits to develop new initiatives that may not have been previously possible, and bring lasting change to this vulnerable population.

Nonprofits or publicly-owned, tax-exempt organizations may apply for a minimum grant of $10,000 up to a maximum grant of $50,000, and grants may be renewable depending on the project.

Because these programs will not affect change unless they offer permanent solutions to this problem, applicants will include a detailed project budget, as well as a business plan outlining funding sources and a blueprint for sustainability. Nonprofits that participate in the Great Fish Community Challenge are still eligible to participate in the Kids Fund Program.

Successful applications will:

  • Define projects/programs serving at-risk youth in the greater Whitefish area.
  • Create new, innovative approaches to solving child homelessness. The Kids Fund will not fund the status-quo, and collaborative projects will be considered.
  • Present programs that reach families and kids not served by current community resource.


Initial request is by letter of intent.

Major Community Project Grants

major grant whitefish lake institute

Whitefish Community Foundation has awarded over $500,000 Major Community Project Grants since the program’s inception in 2010. In 2018, two Major Grants were awarded:

  • Montana Veterans Home – $25,000 for a New ADA Accessible Bus – This Grant was also matched with several Donor Advised Fund grants to total $117,500 to pay for the new bus.
  • Project Whitefish Kids – $25,000 to complete the Pavillion and Playground Project at Smith Fields

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

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

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.

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.


Application for the 2020 Great Fish Community Challenge will open January 15, 2020

 Deadline to Apply: February 27th at 4:00 PM

VISIT Great Fish Nonprofit Page for more information.

Great Fish Community Challenge - Application

You will need your organizational information, including your Tax ID number, and the contact information for your Executive Officer. Your organization will also need to be at least a Bronze Level on Guidestar.

  • A Ray of Hope
  • Big Mountain Firefighters Association
  • Blackfeet at HeART
  • Casting for REcovery
  • Children’s House Montessori School
  • City of Whitefish – Parks and Recreation
  • Climate Smart Glacier Country
  • Family Forestry Expo
  • Flathead Area Mountain Bikers
  • Flathead Audubon Society
  • Flathead Nordic Backcountry Patrol
  • Gateway to Glacier Trail
  • Girls on the Run – Flathead Valley
  • Groovetrail
  • Hockaday Museum of Art
  • Human Therapy on Horseback

  • Montana Equestrian Events
  • Montana Kayak Academy
  • MT Conservation Corps
  • North Valley Food Bank
  • NW Montana Forest Fire Lookout Association
  • Riding on Insulin
  • The Lighthouse Christian Home & Services
  • The Patrol Fund
  • The Vital Ground Foundastion
  • Whitefish Chamber of Commerce – 4th of July Fireworks Fund
  • Whitefish Commumity School
  • Whitefish Freestyle
  • Whitefish Library Association
  • Whitefish Performing Arts Center
  • Whitefish Shines!
  • WWC – Whitefish Winter Carnival


Number of Nonprofits receiving Community Grant support in 2018


Amount Awarded in the 2018 Community Grant Program


Awarded Major Community Projects Grant Programs


Total Community Grants awarded since program began in 2000

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.