Community Grant Programs
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Whitefish Community Foundation offers nonprofits the opportunity to participate in the Great Fish Community Challenge, a seven week giving season organized and administered by the Foundation. For more information about participating in the 2019 Challenge, click here.

Great Fish Community Challenge Application Workshops:

February 6th

9am – Application Workshop: Optional workshop at the Whitefish Community Foundation office for nonprofits requiring assistance with the Great Fish Community Challenge application. Bring a laptop, Ipad, and your questions. (Also offered on February 13.) Location: Underscore Art Gallery – conference room upstairs 100 Central Avenue.  Please email us to register for this training.

February 13th

Noon – Application Workshop: See above explanation. Location: Underscore Art Gallery – conference room upstairs 100 Central Avenue.


Click HERE for Great Fish Community Challenge application tips!


Application Opens: February 1

 Deadline to Apply: February 28 at 4:00 PM

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.

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 is currently open.

 Deadline to Apply: April 30 at 4:00 PM


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.

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.

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 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.