Eligibility Criteria

The WRWF is committed to affording each applying nonprofit an equal opportunity. 

Review the following eligibility requirements to be sure that both your organization and your proposal meet the criteria for a grant from WRWF.

Consult the Grant FAQ's section for more guidance.

Pooled Fund

Organizations eligible to apply for the grant must be: 
  • Organization must be 501(c)3 under IRS
  • Organization may not discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation and political or religious belief
  • Organization does not serve exclusively sectarian purposes
  • Application for endowments, capital campaigns or projects outside Blaine County are not considered
  • Applications from organizations which receive a grant from WRWF in both of the two immediately preceding grant cycles will not be considered
  • Applications for activities that are religious or political in nature will not be considered
For collaborative grants involving two or more organizations, please submit just one application. Each organization involved may request up to the maximum $20,000.
Please make note of our criteria for funding and how your proposed project addresses one or more of the following:
  • Capacity building and sustainability: providing your organization with building blocks to support your mission
  • Addressing a critical community need in Blaine County
  • Developing new ventures
  • Creating new approaches to persistent problems
  • Overall enrichment of the community
Other important considerations:
  • We encourage collaborations and forging partnerships among agencies toward common goals. To this end, we welcome joint projects.
  • If this will be a new project, consider how its implementation will impact existing demands on your agency’s budget and staff time. Will it replace an existing program? if it is to be ongoing and in addition to existing programs, how will funding be sought to continue beyond the term of the grant?
  • WRWF will consider ongoing support of programs. Pilot programs and projects begun in one year may very well be considered for ongoing support in a subsequent year.
  • When working on your project budget, be sure to consider both direct project costs and the indirect costs of overhead and administration.
  • Would a grant from WRWF help you leverage additional financial support?
Applicants should:
  • Propose the use of  WRWF grant for programs, services, necessary infrastructure, or other initiatives that support the organization’s core mission.
  • Have a mission and programs or services that address one of these areas:
    • ARTS: cultural programs, participation in the arts, art education
    • EDUCATION: educational opportunities for children and/or adults
    • COMMUNITY SERVICE: improvement, preservation, revitalization or awareness of public spaces, facilities, or natural resources
    • RECREATION: strengthening and enhancing the lives of children and families through physical activity
    • SOCIAL SERVICES: improvement of people’s mental and/or physical well-being
  • Submit a proposal budget of at least $5,000 and up to $20,000
  • Propose to expend funds within 12 months
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Focus Grant 2022

Closing the Opportunity Gap in Education. A WRWF pilot program to address our community’s greatest need in education.

Organizations eligible to apply for the grant must be:
  • Organization must be 501(c)3 under IRS
  • Organization may not discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation and political or religious belief
  • Organization does not serve exclusively sectarian purposes
For collaborative grants involving two or more organizations, please submit just one application and identify the scope of work involved by the individual organizations. The $100,000 grant may be paid out over 1-2 years. Funds disbursement will be responsive to the individual grant.
Applicants should:
  • Have a mission, programs or services that focus on the education of students
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the root causes of this problem in the community
  • Demonstrate expertise and success in reducing the education gap or in preventing the education gap in a target population
  • Propose to expend funds within 12 to 24 months – May 1, 2022 to May 1, 2024
Please make note of our criteria for funding and how your proposed project addresses one or more of the following:
  • Decreasing chronic achievement gaps between student sub-populations
  • Providing “catch up” instruction and support for students who have experienced learning loss due to COVID
  • Bolstering early learning programs for students who are lacking school readiness skills, and/or professional training for early childhood providers who can have an impact on student readiness
  • Increasing families’ ability to support the academic achievement of their children
  • Increasing rates of post-secondary continuing education for high school students
  • Building knowledge and expertise in the science of learning, especially the science of learning to read, in the community at large
Other considerations:
  • We encourage collaborations among organizations with common goals. To this end, we welcome joint projects forged through partnerships.
  • If this will be a new project, consider how its implementation will impact existing demands on your organization’s budget and staff time. Will it replace an existing program? If it is to be ongoing and in addition to existing programs, how will funding be sought to continue beyond the term of the grant?
  • WRWF will consider support of the Grant for a second $100,000 in 2023. The organization(s) that are awarded the Focus Grant 2022, will be eligible to apply for the Focus Grant 2023 along with other NPs addressing this area.
  • When working on your project budget, be sure to consider both direct project costs and the indirect costs of overhead and administration.
  • If this this grant would help you leverage additional financial support, please tell us how.
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