Community Grant Programs

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Whitefish Community Foundation grant programs help our community run!

The Whitefish Community Foundation offers support to nonprofits in the areas of Health, Human Services, Education, Sports & Recreation, Environment, Civic, Animals & Wildlife and Arts & Culture.  We offer several grant programs to help nonprofits 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. Three special awards accompanied by a $2,500 grant were presented at the beginning of the evening: Project Whitefish Kids (PWK) received the Doris Schumm Community Spirit Award for their work to build a new playground and pavilion at the Smith Fields Sports Complex, Whitefish Lake Institute (WLI) received the Russ and Mary Jane Street Community Service Award for their dedication to protecting Whitefish Lake from aquatic invasive species, and Halt Cancer at X, a program of Montana Equestrian Events received the Jean Howard Memorial Award to continue their work supporting cancer outreach and research. Special award recipients are selected each year by the grants committee and do not go through an application process.

  • 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. 

  •  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.

  •  Micro Grant Program

Micro Grants address two types of projects: (1) Unexpected needs and (2) projects that need $500-$1,000 or less.  The Committee meets on a monthly basis, the second week of each month to review grant applications. Applicants will be notified following the approval process. 2016 Micro Grant Awards
Micro Grant Application

  • 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 turn around. Applicants are notified immediately following the approval process and awards are made quickly. Emergency Grant Application

  • Scholarship Programs

Glacier Restaurant Group – R.I.S.E. Scholarship Program will offer two scholarships annually. Applications for the 2017 cycle is due April 24, 2017 at midnight:

  •  Endowment Challenge Grant Program

The Whitefish Community Foundation is a partner with 23 nonprofit organizations on endowed philanthropy. The Endowment Challenge Grant Program was established in 2010 to help nonprofits that hold a permanent endowment funds with the Community Foundation grow their Fund. The program offers a match incentive to attract new donations to their fund. Since the program started, the Foundation has awarded $100,000 to nonprofit endowments. Growing local endowments is central to the core of the Foundation’s mission.  

Endowment Challenge Program Guidelines
Endowment Challenge Program Application 

  •  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.