|Whitefish High School Students Jessica Baldonado (left) and Hannah Gulbrandson (right) work with DNA kits purchased with 2012 Grant Funds|
There was a flurry of activity at the Foundation office the last week of May when 86 grant applications were delivered by local nonprofit organizations so that their mission, project and application would be considered for funding by the Foundation’s Grant Committee. The requested dollars totaled over $400,000.
In 2012, there were 68 grant requests for a total of $300,00 requested. When the grants were awarded last November, 60 of those nonprofits received a total of $151,000. Last year was a record year, and we hope that 2013 will set another record with an increase in Whitefish Community Foundation’s support of our local nonprofits.
Last year, $50,000 of the funding for the Community Grants Program came from funds raised at the Whitefish Duck Derby. The remainder of the fund comes from the Foundation’s endowment fund and from generous gifts from donors like you. With more requests for funding, the foundation plans to increase Duck Derby sales to boost the Grants budget.