Grant FAQ's

How should I submit my Application Proposal?

Full proposals are submitted online. See the Important Dates page in this section for deadlines, and the How to Apply page for application instructions.

Can you give us guidance on which Focus Area is appropriate for our Proposal?

Sorry, we do not provide advice about selecting a Focus Area. Each organization must make that decision for itself. It is up to the applicant to determine the Focus Area that best aligns with the nature of the proposal.

The “Competition” within each Focus Area will depend on the number and quality of proposals submitted for that area. Because of that, it could be perceived as unfair for WRWF to help an applicant choose a Focus Area. We recommend you consider which Focus Area best represents the emphasis of your proposal. 

May I send additional materials with the proposal such as one of our brochures or newsletters?

No, please send only information specifically requested. Any additional materials will be discarded.

Who can we contact to discuss our grant application?

For technical questions regarding our online application, please contact SlideRoom at

For questions regarding WRWF guidelines or process, you may email If we have questions about your proposal, we will contact you.

Wood River Women’s Foundation is committed to a fair, unbiased process. We do not accept any unsolicited communication related to topics other than questions about the guidelines or application process.

What is your Grant Distribution Policy?

The grant distribution amounts are dependent on the number of women who join year to year. Nonprofits receiving the highest number of votes will be awarded their grants.

Will you consider a proposal from a group of organizations collaborating on a project or program?

Yes. However, one of the collaborating organizations must be the “lead organization”, applying as if it were an individual organization on behalf of the collaboration. The lead organization must be willing to take on all the potential rights, responsibilities, restrictions and liabilities of the grant, if it is received.

How does WRWF decide who gets the grants?

We accept proposals. Committee reviews and evaluate the applications, and will request a site visit, to select a finalist.

After each committee selects its finalist, all WRWF members receive information on the finalists. The finalists attend our Grant Presentation in March and make presentations about their proposals. WRWF members vote by individual ballot and that vote determines the grant recipients. Grant awards are announced in April.

Do you give grants to proposals that expend the funds over a period of years?

No. As stated in the grant guidelines, WRWF seeks projects that expend grant funds within 12 months.

Your guidelines indicate you will not fund capital campaigns. Will you fund capital expenditures as part of a proposal?

Yes. We will fund capital expenditures that are clearly related to the core mission of an organization.

Once an organization receives a grant from WRWF, can it reapply the following year?

Yes. If an organization has been awarded a grant 2 consecutive years, then it can not apply the following year.

What kind of communication can we expect from WRWF during this process?

WRWF notifies all applicants at each stage of the application process, even if they do not receive a site visit, or become finalists.

Will the grant be paid in a lump sum?

Yes. WRWF distributes project grants through the Idaho Community Foundation in July.

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