Community Grant Program Guidelines
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Community Grant Program Guidelines


The Whitefish Community Foundation (the “Foundation”) supports nonprofit, charitable organizations that enhance the quality of life for residents of the greater area of Whitefish, Montana. 

Organizations that are not participating in the 2019 Great Fish Community Challenge are eligible to apply for a Community Grant.

Applications for the Spring Cycle will open March 1 and close April 30 at 4:00PM MST.

Applications for the Fall Cycle will open September 19 and close October 31 at 4:00PM MST.

You may apply once annually to receive a Community Grant, and the maximum award will be $4,000.


  • Applicants for funding must be tax exempt under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or publicly-owned tax exempt organizations. Tax exempt status must exist at time of application. A copy of the organization’s official I.R.S. Determination Letter is required for all applicants.
  • Nonprofits are not required to be located in Whitefish, but they do need to provide a service that benefits the city of Whitefish and/or the residents of the greater Whitefish area.
  • The Community Foundation recognizes there are nonprofits in communities surrounding Whitefish providing crucial health and human services. If your organization falls into this category, please submit a grant application, and the Grants Committee will review and consider your request.

The Foundation’s Grant Committee will prioritize funding of organizations and initiatives where there is a social need, and where the results will benefit our community at large. The Foundation will consider funding for projects and programs, including capital projects that are established with a record of development activity and fulfill the mission of the organization.  To be eligible to receive a Community Grant, all requested funding must be allocated to projects and/or programs benefiting residents of the Flathead Valley, and be associated with one of the following categories: Arts and Culture, Animals, Civic, Conservation, Education, Health and Human Service, or Recreation.

The Whitefish School District will no longer be eligible for the Community Grants program.  Please direct school grant requests to the Whitefish Education Foundation.

The Community Grant Program allocates funding through a quarterly application process. Applications received throughout each quarter will be evaluated by the Grant Committee during the month following the quarter. Successful applicants will be notified, and funds allocated within 30 days following the conclusion of each quarter.

Although the Community Grant Program Evaluation Committee reviews each proposal separately, it generally does not consider grants for:

  • Organizations outside Flathead County
  • Individuals
  • Deficits or retirement of debt
  • Programs or projects promoting a religious doctrine
  • Political campaigns or projects/programs promoting a political agenda
  • Conduit organizations, i.e., organizations or events that pass funds to other organizations
  • Seed money for projects or programs not yet started, or for projects or programs that are completed or conducted prior to the grant award date
  • Event sponsorship