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Grants to Idaho and Washington Nonprofits, Tribes, and Public Entities for Programs that Benefit Communities in Eligible Areas

Community Grant Program


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Geographic Focus
USA: Idaho: Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Benewah, Latah, Nez Perce, Lewis, Clearwater, Shoshone, and Idaho CountiesWashington: Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Lincoln, Spokane, Adams, Whitman, Columbia, Garfield, and Asotin Counties

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/20/24 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $20,000 to Idaho and Washington nonprofit organizations, tribes, and public entities for programs and projects that benefit residents in eligible counties. Funding is intended for activities in the areas of education and youth development, health and well-being, economic opportunity, quality of life, and arts and culture. Grants are awarded to organizations providing services within the Eastern Washington Counties of Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Lincoln, Spokane, Adams, Whitman, Columbia, Garfield, and Asotin; and the North Idaho Counties of Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Benewah, Latah, Nez Perce, Lewis, Clearwater, Shoshone, and Idaho.

Innovia Foundation invests in programs in the following impact areas:

  • Health and Wellbeing: Meeting basic human needs, including food, shelter, access to health care, and mental health support.
  • Education and Youth Development: Opening doors to success for children and adults by ensuring they have access to education and the support needed to learn, grow, and thrive. Quality childcare & early childhood education.
  • Economic Opportunity: Reducing barriers to economic opportunity, security, and/or mobility for low-income individuals and families, and supporting community economic development activities.
  • Quality of Life: Increasing access to opportunities for safe public gathering spaces, social-emotional supports, and connection to animals and to nature.
  • Arts and Culture: Support the arts as economic drivers, educational assets, civic catalysts, and bridges between cultures.

For information Innovia's guiding principles, see:

2024 Focus Area: Bring people together

While Innovia is committed to funding projects across all their impact areas, when possible, proposals that align with the 50th Anniversary theme will be prioritized. Theme: bringing people together to build inclusive communities and deepen relationships among people and groups 

Organizations may request a Community Grant for any of the following project types:

  • Project/Program support – for an existing program or to develop new
  • Capital projects/equipment – This could include, but is not limited to, technology, furnishings, equipment, vehicles, or building construction or renovation.
  • Capacity building – To help strengthen and stabilize an organization’s governance or operations such as:
    • Strengthening governance, leadership or staff expertise
    • Developing and implementing long-term strategic plans
    • Refining communications, marketing, and outreach
    • Improving volunteer recruitment, training, and engagement
    • Acquiring or improving impact measurement tools and program evaluation capacity


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility Requirements:
- In order to be eligible, applicants must be a public charity with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; a federally recognized tribe; or a public entity such as a school district, municipality, or unincorporated group or association. In certain cases, grants can be awarded to non-501(c)(3) organizations for charitable purposes.
- In all cases, the applicant organization/program must have a clear charitable purpose.
- Applicants cannot have any delinquent reports for previous grants awarded through all Innovia Foundation’s grant programs.
- Some grant programs have specific restrictions. Be sure to read grant guidelines carefully to see if any restrictions apply.
- Innovia Foundation competitive grants are awarded to organizations providing services within the 20-county region served by the Foundation. (Eastern Washington Counties: Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Lincoln, Spokane, Adams, Whitman, Columbia, Garfield and Asotin. North Idaho Counties: Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Benewah, Latah, Nez Perce, Lewis, Clearwater, Shoshone, and Idaho.)

For faith-based organizations:
• Must be open to all members of the community (not just members of the faith community applying for funding)
• Cannot require clients to participate in or adopt any specific religious practice or belief

While a broad range of nonprofits are eligible to apply, to the extent possible Innovia will prioritize work that supports the following populations disproportionately impacted by social, economic and/or racial injustices and inequities:
• Black, Indigenous, Latino/a/x/e, and communities of color
• Refugees and immigrants
• Seniors
• People experiencing disabilities
• People living on low incomes
• People who are homeless/unsheltered
• People living in under-resourced communities and/or communities lacking critical
• People who identify as LGBTQIA+

Not funded:
• Debt retirement, operating deficits, or after-the-fact support
• Academic or scientific research
• Direct or grassroots lobbying
• Annual fund appeals and contributions to endowments
• Re-granting programs
• Litigious activities
• Organizations that are headquartered in a county or geographic area outside of Innovia’s 20-county service areas

Pre-Application Information
Community Grant Program Timeline:
- Application Cycle Open: Monday, January 8, 2024
- Early Bird Deadline: Wednesday, January 31, 2024
- Application Cycle Close: Tuesday, February 20, 2024
- Announcement: Monday, May 20, 2024

Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum award amount is $15,000, with most grants in the range of $ 7,500.

Early Bird Incentive:
Organizations that submit their application by January 31 will be automatically entered into a drawing to receive a $1,000 grant for general operating support.

Term of Contract
Grant awards are for one year from June 1, 2024 - May 30, 2025.

Contact Information
Apply online:

If you have any questions about any of Innovia Foundation’s grant programs or eligibility, please contact Scott Ferguson at

Innovia Foundation
421 W. Riverside Ave., Ste. 606,
Spokane, WA 99201

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