First Federal Foundation, Inc.

Summer 2021 Application Period: June 1 - June 28

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.

Foundation Financial Information - Form 990-PF

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
  • Background/objectives

The Foundation ordinarily does not provide grants to support the following:

  • Individuals
  • 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.

Grant requests need to be submitted online.

Please have all checklist items ready for electronic submission prior to starting the grant application.

If you need any assistance, please contact Ashley Frodin via email at or phone 208-933-3412.

December 2020 Grant Recipients

Anythings Pawsable Foundation Cat spay and neuter project for city of Jerome
BGCMV iPads for Kindergarten Coding and STEM program
Buhl Family Network Front entry door, window weather stripping, security camera, shelving, lighting projects
City of Murtaugh Construction of two dugouts on baseball field in Murtaugh
CSI Office on Aging Phone system for new office location at Twin Falls County West building
Family Health Services 12 adult manikins, 12 infant manikins, face shields and lung bags for CPR classes
Filer Senior Haven, Inc. Flooring repair in kitchen
Mountain View Christian Food Pantry Commercial freezer
Mustard Seed Ministries Diapers
Orton Botanical Garden Self-guided tour booklet, signs, weather proof box
Simply Hope Family Outreach 8 foot tables, sign, folding chairs, laptop
Valley House Coalition Two industrial washer and dryer sets

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