Community Grant Programs

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The Whitefish Community Foundation offers support to current 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in the areas of Health, Human Services, Education, Sports & Recreation, Environment, Civic, Animals and Wildlife, and Arts and Culture.  We offer several grant programs to support the work of our local nonprofits and benefit our community.

  • 2017 Community Grant Program

The Whitefish Community Foundation’s annual Community Grant Program has awarded over $1.5 million to local nonprofits since the program was established in 2000. The 2017 Grant cycle awarded 32 local nonprofit organizations $76,000 in funding at this year’s Community Grant Awards Ceremony.

2017 Community Grant Reports are Due by February 9th.

Login to complete your grant report  HERE

  • 2018 Community Grant Program

The Community Grant Program is administered on a quarterly granting cycle. Nonprofits are able to apply once annually during any of the quarterly cycles, for a maximum of $2,000 to benefit any program or project 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 Whitefish Community Foundation. Login to review the directions and application. Application to the Spring Cycle closes March 29th.

Log in to Grant Portal HERE.

For application deadlines and cycles click HERE.

To view applications without creating a user account or logging in, click HERE.

  • Great Fish Community Challenge

The Great Fish Community Challenge is a challenge grant program organized by the Community Foundation. Participating nonprofits work to raise funding and awareness through the Great Fish Community Challenge and in return receive a matching grant from the Whitefish Community Foundation. For more information, visit the Great Fish Community Challenge webpage. 

2017 Great Fish Community Challenge Grant Reports are Due by February 9th.

Complete your 2017 Great Fish Grant Report HERE.

  •  Major Community Project Grant Program

Major Community Grant Awards range from $10,000 to $25,000. Applications are not accepted for this grant program. The Foundation Board of Directors select the recipients of  Major Community Project Grants with recommendations from the Grants Committee.

  • Emergency Grant Program

Emergency Grant Program addresses critical, urgent, or emergency needs, and is designed to be a rapid response grant program. Awards range from $500 to $2,000 or more at the discretion of the Board. Grant applications are reviewed immediately to provide quick turnaround. Applicants will be notified immediately following the approval process and awards are made quickly. Apply for an Emergency Grant HERE.

  • Scholarship Programs

Glacier Restaurant Group – R.I.S.E. Scholarship Program will offer two scholarships annually. Applications for the 2018 cycle is due April 24, 2018 at midnight. Application will be available online January 2018

  •  Youth in Philanthropy Grant Program

The YIPP program is designed to encourage Whitefish Youth to get involved with Philanthropy.  Students from the Whitefish Middle School or Whitefish High School may develop a project that benefits a broad range of students at their school.  If the YIPP application is approved, the students are in charge of raising the matching funds for the grant.  The YIPP grant amounts are based on available matching funds from the Whitefish Community Foundation up to a maximum of $2,000 per year. YIPP GRANT PROGRAM GUIDELINES