Fall 2021 Application Period: October 18 - November 12
The First Federal Board of Directors is deeply committed to supporting local efforts that enhance the quality of life of the people who live and work in our communities. To that end, First Federal established in 2003 the First Federal Foundation. The mission of the charitable foundation is to serve the needs of its communities by actively seeking community development opportunities to support educational, civic, health, human services, social, and cultural organizations that address these objectives.
We request that you use the following process in preparing your grant applications. Funding decisions will be made by the Foundation’s Board of Directors, who meet biannually in July and December. Grant awards are generally between $1,000 - $5,000. Organizations may only be funded one time in a 12 month period. Organizations located in the following counties are welcome to apply: Twin Falls, Jerome, Cassia, Gooding, Lincoln and Minidoka. Please visit our Facebook page for information regarding acceptance periods and due dates.
The Foundation's Board of Trustees will follow the criteria listed below when making funding decisions:
- Whether or not it is a capital project
- Community potential
- Geographic location
- Humanitarian consideration (including how many people are affected)
- Matching funds
- Project plan and timeline Budget
The Foundation ordinarily does not provide grants to support the following:
- Political causes
- Religious organizations
- Private clubs
**In addition to completing the online grant application, the following items need to be attached and submitted electronically with the application submission.
- Cover letter – to include the organization’s background and objectives
- Sources of additional funding and/or letters of match commitment
- Detailed proposed budget
- State of Idaho Certificate of Incorporation and Articles of Incorporation, if organization is a 501(c)(3).
- Letters of local/regional support. (Up to 3)
- Project bid documents
- IRS designation form
Organizations applying for First Federal Foundation Grants must qualify as exempt organizations under Sections 170(c)(1), 170(c)(2), or 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.