How to Apply

Proposals for the second 2019 Persistence Fund grant cycle are due (postmarked by) September 15, 2019. You can download the grant guidelines and application documents at the bottom of this page.

In response to this turbulent time, 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 the work of  Idahoans pushing 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 issue areas 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 assure 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. Funds to meet this match must be raised before the end of the grant cycle.

Eligibility

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)

Restrictions

Fund for Idaho will NOT fund:

  • Organizations that already received a Persistence fund grant in 2019; 2018 grantees may apply
  • Grants over $7,500
  • Organizations with annual operating budgets OVER $300,000
  • Human or Social Services without clear social change goals or issue organizing components.
  • 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! We encourage all returning applicants to check in too!

  • 2019 Grant Guidelines: [PDF]
  • 2019 Grant Cover Sheet: [DOC] [PDF]
  • 2019 Grant Application Format: [DOC] [PDF]
  • 2019 Grant Budget Format: [PDF] [XLS]
  • 2019 Grant Report Form: [DOC] [PDF]