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.

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.

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.


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 for the 2020 Great Fish Community Challenge will open February 1, 2020

 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.

2018 Community Grant Recipients

  • 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.