How to Apply

Proposals for the first Persistence Fund grant cycle are due (postmarked by) August 31, 2018. You can download the grant guidelines and application documents at the bottom of this page.

In response to this time of social and political unrest, Fund for Idaho’s Persistence Fund is making matching grants to organizations working to overcome the rising tide of intolerance and divisiveness in Idaho. These grants will fund work that allows Idahoans to push back against the forces that would remove compassion and justice from our Idaho values. Grant decisions are made by an inclusive, diverse committee of both activists and donors so we are sure we tap into the wisdom and experience of both the donors AND those actually doing on-the-ground activism. We do this to ensure we make the most strategic grant decisions.

Persistence Fund Grantmaking Goals

Grant applications will be evaluated based on how well they address all three of these Persistence Fund goals:  

  • Supporting community-based and/or grassroots activists/advocates in advancing policy changes that ensure fairness, integrity, and compassion for all Idahoans.
  • Actively engaging those affected by a problem in the process of identifying and pursuing solutions.
  • Promoting collaboration with other groups based on identifying issues they have in common.

Giving Priorities

The Persistence Fund supports strategic issue and policy change work by groups organizing in these areas:

  • Human Rights: Empowering and defending marginalized communities to assuring economic fairness, immigrant justice, and access to essential services.
  • Environmental Integrity: Protecting land & people from contamination and destruction.

Grant Funds

Persistence Fund grants will provide matching funds of up to $7,500 to organizations working in concrete ways to push back against the policy changes that endanger immigrant rights, access to health care, disability rights, and cause environmental degradation.


An organization must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for a grant from Fund for Idaho:

  • Be based in Idaho and working in Idaho
  • Have IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt status (may be fiscally sponsored)
  • Have an annual operating budget UNDER $300,000 (fiscal agent’s budget may exceed $300,000)


Fund for Idaho will NOT fund:

  • Grants over $7,500
  • Organizations with annual operating budgets OVER $300,000
  • Grants for social services or service delivery with no policy change goal or issue organizing component
  • Federal, state, or local government entities
  • Organizations based outside of Idaho
  • Grants to Individuals
  • Capital Campaigns (building construction or renovation)
  • Scholarships to colleges or universities
  • Organizations that practice or promote partisan or legally defined discriminatory policies relating to race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, age or ability.

Grant Application Documents

NOTE: All new applicants MUST have a conversation with us BEFORE submitting an application!

  • 2018 Grant Guidelines: [PDF]
  • 2018 Grant Cover Sheet: [DOC] [PDF]
  • 2018 Grant Application Format: [DOC] [PDF]
  • 2018 Grant Budget Format: [PDF] [XLS]
  • 2015 Grant Report Form: [DOC] [PDF]