Intermountain Industries Petroglyph Energy Foundation

OVERVIEW: This corporate funder supports Southern Idaho nonprofits in the areas of health and human services, education, civic and community causes, and arts and culture.

FUNDING AREAS: Health and human services, education, civic and community causes, arts and culture

IP TAKE:  This isn’t a huge foundation, but it’s one to know in Southern Idaho if your other sources of funding are running dry. Education groups typically see the most funding.

PROFILE: The Intermountain Industries Petroglyph Energy Foundation (IIPEF) is a corporate foundation established by Intermountain Industries, Inc. in 1988. The company is a local natural gas distributor serving over 300,000 people in Southern Idaho. Intermountain Industries sold the Intermountain Gas Company in 2008 and is now involved in oil and natural gas through its subsidiaries, III Exploration Company and Petroglyph Energy, Inc.

Like many corporate funders, IIPEF gives back to communities where it does business. The foundation's region of interest is the Intermountain West, and especially the Boise, Idaho, area. Idaho towns in focus include Boise, Hailey, Idaho Falls, Nampa, Pocatello, Soda Springs, and Twin Falls. The company and foundation provide financial assistance and volunteer hours to make these communities better places to live and work. Foundation funding comes from the company's pre-tax profits.

Grantmaking interests are health and human services, education, civic and community causes, and arts and culture. Unfortunately for grantseekers, there are no published guidelines for applying for a grant. It's advised to contact the company directly to find out if unsolicited grant applications are being accepted and what the current deadlines are.

In a recent year, the foundation’s total net assets were $462,983. Therefore, local nonprofits should not expect to see million-dollar grants here. The majority of grants lately have gone to education, especially universities, high schools, and education foundations. Civic and community grants have gone to the Idaho Youth Ranch, First Tee of Idaho, and the Idaho Humane Society. Health and human services grantees include the Alzheimer’s Association and the Idaho Food Bank. And while arts and culture grants are the rarest type, Idaho Public Television and the Boise Contemporary Theater have received IIPEF’s support. A total of $91,925 was awarded in a recent year with most grants ranging from $100 to $10,000.

The corporate headquarters is located at 960 Broadway Avenue, Suite 500, Boise, Idaho 83706. The phone number is 208-675-7600, or you can use the company's online contact form.

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