Applying for a grant

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.  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. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • 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 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, please contact Molly Sanchez at 



This Book public action campaign creates community-wide awareness and ownership for childhood reading success. Childhood reading success is not just a parent issue, it’s not just a student issue, and it’s not just a school issue… it is a community-wide issue. The campaign calls on everyone in the community, other than parents and students, to:

  • Read to a Child
  • Donate a Book
  • Help Build a Stronger Community

Using familiar adults in the community, the campaign messaging emphasizes that a book, “This Book”, can have significant benefit for a community. “This Book”:

  • Opens Doors – kids who master reading by 3rd grade are five times more likely to be college or career ready
  • Removes Barriers – reading to a child is more important to their language and reading development than their family’s income or social class
  • Grows Our Economy – every dollar spent on a donated book generates $64 in benefits for the whole community
  • Fights Crime – as the average educational level in a community increases, the crime rate in that same community decreases by 13 – 27 percent


This Book Grants Program provides small grants to rural libraries, municipalities, or non-profit organizations throughout the 20 counties served by Innovia Foundation. Grants through this program may range from $250 to $2,500. Proposals should include intent to use funding for photography, graphic design and printing of community-personalized media assets. Funding may also be utilized for the purchase of items to establish reading spaces for youth in local businesses, such as books, bookcases, rugs, pillows, etc.

An existing toolkit will be made available for community-personalization which includes posters, one-sheets, rack cards, bookmarks, stickers, book lists, reading milestone reference sheets by grade level, and shareable social media posts.

 For additional questions, please contact Amy Voeller at or (208) 771-0174.

Application Dates: Ongoing

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 $30,000, with most grants in the range of $10,000 – $20,000. To learn more about this program, please view our Grant Guidelines.

Over the past six months, we underwent a strategic redesign of our responsive grants programming to develop the Community Grant Program. To learn more about this process, please click here.

Application Timeline

  • Grant applications will be accepted from December 16, 2019 to January 31, 2020
  • Final funding decisions will be announced by May 29, 2020
  • Grant awards are for a one-year period from June 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021

To view an informational webinar about this grant program, please click here.

Applications will be accepted via QuestionPro until May 26. Click here to access a link to the application. 

Grants are administered in partnership with regional advisory councils consisting of funding partners and community representatives. Funds are being released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs. Grants are being directed to nonprofit and grassroots organizations, as well as schools and other government agencies, that are on the front lines of the COVID-19 response and recovery work.  Please see the Discussion Framework for more information.

In partnership with over 100 regional advisory committee member volunteers, $779,000 was distributed to 138 organizations throughout Eastern Washington and North Idaho in the first round of grantmaking in April.  In June, a second round of grants awarded $746,012 in funding to 165 organizations. A third round of grants will be awarded in late summer or early fall. As in Round 1 and Round 2, the process for Round 3 awards will be developed as we gain a better understanding of community needs as they are emerging at that time.

Innovia Foundation, in partnership with Washington Nonprofits and Washington State Office of Financial Management, will be providing grant funding to organizations providing services in Eastern Washington to encourage participation in the 2020 Census.  A minimum of $200,000 will be distributed in the 10 Eastern Washington counties for education and outreach activities aimed at historically hard-to-count populations.

On January 3, 2020, Innovia will begin to review applications received. Applications received after that date will be considered as they are received if money is still available. The grant funding period is February 1, 2020 to April 30, 2020. Click here to access the full grant guidelines and application information. For additional information, contact Director of Grants and Community Engagement Molly Sanchez at or (509) 624-2606.

The Zone Project is a multi-sector initiative focused on safe and nurtured kids, thriving families, and connected schools and neighborhoods in northeast Spokane. In partnership with The Zone Project, Innovia Foundation is excited to announce a three-year investment by the Ballmer Group to support quality expanded learning opportunities for children and youth in northeast Spokane.

The Zone Project’s Expanded Learning Program (ELP) focuses on helping children and youth access quality educational, health and social-emotional supports that enable them to succeed through key transition years. To support the whole child and whole family, the ELP will work closely with Spokane Public Schools, families, youth-serving organizations and health, education and social service partners. The intention of this program is to support and align high-quality, out-of-school programming that is measurable and sustainable.

For more information about The Zone Project, including a map of the geographic region it serves, please click here.

Funding Limit:

Grants are awarded for summer 2020 programming. Funding amounts are based on anticipated number of students served:

  • Organizations planning to serve 30-300 children total in summer 2020 may request $10,000 – $49,999.
  • Organizations planning to serve 100 or more children daily may request $50,000 – $100,000.

Application Timeline:

  • Applications will be accepted from January 6, 2020 to February 7, 2020.
  • Funding decisions will be announced in early March 2020.
  • Grant funding is for summer 2020 programming. The grant period is April 1, 2020 to September 1, 2020.

For more information and to access the grant application, visit our online application portal. 

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 will be accepted from April 28, 2020 to June 19, 2020.

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 $2,000 and $30,000 and are provided for a one-year period.

Application Dates: February 17, 2020 – April 21, 2020. Awards will be announced in early July, 2020. Grant awards are for a one-year period from August 1, 2020 to July 31, 2021.

Innovia Foundation is partnering with Network for Good to bring its “Jumpstart” fundraising program to our community. For nonprofit organizations selected through this application process, Innovia Foundation will underwrite the costs for 12 months of Personal Fundraising Coaching (2 monthly meetings with a fundraising professional matched to work with you, based on your unique needs) as well as All-In-One Fundraising Software (donor management, email, direct mail, online giving, events and peer-to-peer platforms).

Eligibility: To be eligible to apply, organizations must be registered 501(c)(3)’s located within Innovia’s 20-county service region.

Application Timeline:

  • Grant applications will be accepted from January 28 to February 28
  • Funding decisions will be announced mid-March
  • This program will be offered for a one-year period and the cohort will launch shortly after funding decisions are announced

To view an information webinar about this program, please click here. To access the Jumpstart Program Outline, please click here.

Frequently asked questions

Activities Typically Not Eligible for Innovia Foundation Grant Funding:

  • 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. 

Yes, organizations may apply to multiple grant programs at Innovia Foundation as long as they meet the eligibility requirements listed in each grant program to which they are applying. Each grant program has different criteria and organizations are encouraged to review the eligibility restrictions carefully before submitting an application. Applying to/receiving grant funding from one Innovia Foundation grant program does not preclude your organization from applying to any other Innovia Foundation grant program