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Together we can transform our communities.

Innovia Foundation works closely with nonprofit organizations and others throughout the region to identify and respond to a wide range of community issues and opportunities. This might be as complex as collaborating with community leaders on a long-range plan for neighborhood preservation, or as basic as funding a program to provide shoes for children from low-income families.

In all cases, Innovia Foundation looks to fund solutions that will create measurable, positive change in our region. 

Eligibility Requirements

Awards from Innovia Foundation’s competitive grant programs are determined in partnership with local volunteers from throughout the foundation’s service area. This locally-based advisory process ensures that grant opportunities address the changing needs of our communities.

  • 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.)
  • Please note that Innovia Foundation has multiple grant programs. Applying to/receiving grant funding from one Innovia Foundation grant program does not preclude your organization from to applying to any other Innovia Foundation grant program.

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

Grant Programs

This funding is available to rural communities who have completed LaunchNW’s rural checklist items and opted in to the LaunchNW initiative. It will provide 2 years of partial funding for a LaunchNW Coordinator position, with this position working to facilitate LaunchNW work and scholarship fundraising within the community. Awarded communities will receive $15,000 yearly for two years, for a total of $30,000 in funding.

Innovia Foundation launched the Community Heart & Soul® Program to help rural communities throughout its 20-county service area BUILD COMMUNITY through a resident-driven process and TAKE ACTION on what matters most to its residents. Hundreds of communities across the country have implemented the program and experienced outcomes such as:

  • Increased participation in local community-decision making
  • Increased volunteerism
  • Increased investment in community-supported programs and activities
  • Increased economic development and downtown revitalization
  • Community endowment funds

Grants of $30,000 will support community-based project coordinators and actions in the selected communities for up to two years. Communities must provide a $10,000 local match over the two-year grant period.  Technical assistance, including program training and assigned certified coaches, will also be provided through the grant.  The technical assistance is valued at $50,000. Click here for the full grant guidelines.

Application Date: Applications for this program will be accepted April 11, 2024 through August 16, 2024 with awards announced in September.  Applicants must participate in a series of learning webinars in order to be eligible.  

Mandatory Applicant Introductory Webinars:  April 11 and 25, 2024, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (must attend at least one)

Mandatory Applicant “Getting Started” Webinars:

  1. Session 1:  May 16, 2024, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
  2. Session 2:  June 20, 2024, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
  3. Session 3:  July 18, 2024, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Learn more at www.innovia.org/communityheartsoul/.

The Columbia County Children’s Fund provides support to organizations within Columbia County. Applications must address one of the following program areas: Educational enrichment and special needs programs, with preference given to elementary school-aged children. Guidance, counseling and therapy to children and their families. Medical and dental services and/or supplies (glasses, hearing aids, braces) for disadvantaged children. Grants awards are typically less than $4,000.

Application Dates: Applications for this program are typically accepted from April to July with awards announced in September. Grant awards are for a one-year period from October 1 to September 30 of the following year.

The Community Grant Program is comprised of more than 90 funds established by donors who have given Innovia Foundation the flexibility to make funding decisions that accommodate changing needs and capitalize on timely and compelling opportunities in our 20-county region. This program has one cycle per year and organizations are eligible to submit one application per cycle. The maximum award amount is $15,000, with most grants in the range of $2,500 – $15,000. Click here for the 2024 Grant Guidelines

2024 FUNDING THEME
As Innovia marks 50 years of community impact, we recognize the importance of programs and activities that celebrate the people and places that make our region special. While we are committed to funding projects across all our impact areas, when possible, we will prioritize proposals that align with our 50th Anniversary theme of bringing people together to build inclusive communities and deepen relationships among people and groups. Click here for a sample document of questions featured on this year’s application.

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
Grant Period: June 1, 202 – May 30, 2025

Questions? Contact Scott Ferguson, Associate Director of Grants at sferguson@innovia.org or 509-624-2606.

The Equinox Foundation is partnering with Innovia Foundation to provide a grant program for the benefit of the communities in Bonner and Boundary counties of North Idaho. This family foundation was founded on the values of wisdom, integrity, and environmental stewardship. This program will consider applications from nonprofit organizations addressing a variety of program areas, including:

  • Education and youth development
  • Arts and culture
  • Economic opportunity
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Quality of life

Grant amounts are typically between $5,000 and $30,000 and are provided for a one-year period.

Application Dates: Applications for this program will be accepted February 26, 2024 through April 17, 2024 with awards announced in July. Grant awards are for a one-year period from August 1, 2024 to July 31, 2025.

FAQs

There is generally only 1 grant program open at a time at Innovia Foundation. Organizations may only apply once to each grant program for which they are eligible.

If you have additional questions, please contact grants@innovia.org.

Activities typically not eligible for Innovia Foundation grant funding include:

  • Academic or scientific research
  • Debt retirement, operating deficits or after-the-fact support
  • Direct or grassroots lobbying
  • Annual fund appeals and contributions to endowments
  • Re-granting programs
  • Litigious activities

In considering applications for funding from faith-based organizations we will apply the following criteria:

  1. The program or service to be funded must be open to all members of the community (not just members of the faith community applying for funding).
  2. In the course of providing programs or services, faith-based organizations cannot require clients to participate in or adopt any specific religious practice or belief.

Organizations cannot apply for grants from Innovia Foundation’s donor-advised funds.  

Requests from locally based organizations are given preference over organizations whose center of operations and/or governance is located outside of our 20-county region. Should you choose to submit an application, you must specifically address how the requested funding will benefit Innovia Foundation service areas and how you will ensure that Innovia Foundation funds will not be used outside our service area. 

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