Inland Northwest Community Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder supports the following issue areas in 20 counties of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho: community development and environment, health and human services, education, arts and culture. It awards about $1 million in competitive grants annually.

FUNDING AREAS: Community development and environment, health and human services, education, arts and culture

IP TAKE: This community foundation has a lot of grant opportunities for nonprofits. Funding areas are broad, so as long as you’re local, get to know INCF.

PROFILE: The Inland Northwest Community Foundation (INCF) was established in 1974 and serves 10 counties in Eastern Washington and 10 counties in Northern Idaho. Like other community foundations, it works with local donors, nonprofits, and community leaders to improve the quality of life in its region.

Areas of interest are community development and environment, health and human services, education, and arts and culture. The foundation supports the following Washington counties: Ferry, Lincoln, Adams, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Whitman, Columbia, Garfield and Asotin. The Idaho counties are Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Benewah, Latah, Shoshone, Nez Perce, Lewis, Clearwater and Idaho.

INCF has given over $45 million in grants and scholarships since it was established. In the past, it has reported over $93 million in assets and has managed around 450 funds. Each year, the foundation typically awards between $4 million and $5 million in grants. Current financial information is here.

It awards community grants to local nonprofits; unsolicited applications are accepted. It awards about $1 million annually through INCF’s competitive grants program. Grants range from $2,000 to $30,000. It has given awards to Animal Allies of Idaho, Chewelah Performing and Cultural Arts Center, Children’s Home Society of Washington, and the Council on Aging and Human Services.

Grant programs that have accepted applications recently include the Columbia County Children’s Fund, the Community Strategies Grant Program, the Opportunity Grant Program, the Rapid Response to Poverty Grant Program, and the Equinox Foundation Grant Program. Each program has a different set of guidelines, but all use an online application process. Check the application calendar to learn about upcoming deadlines. Also, tips for grantseekers are provided by the staff.

The foundation manages over 40 scholarship funds, donor-advised funds, and designated grants made annually on behalf of fund-holders. Donor-advised and designated grants are not open to applications. INCF also recommends an array of nonprofit capacity building resources for local groups.

Foundation initiatives have recently focused on middle school success, K-3 reading proficiency, homeless students in Spokane County, and breaking cycles of intergenerational poverty. INCF supports multiple community indicator projects that inform its staff about regional needs.

Keep up with the foundation at its newsroom. Questions can be directed to the staff at 509-624-2606 or via online form. Individual staff members’ email addresses are posted on the website as well.

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