The First Federal Bank’s Board of Directors is deeply committed to supporting local efforts that enhance the wellbeing and quality of life of the people who live and work in our communities. To that end, in 2003, First Federal established the First Federal Foundation. The mission of the 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. Twice a year, the Foundation accepts applications and awards grants to fund local non-profits. To date, the First Federal Foundation has awarded more than $1 million to organizations serving our communities.
The Foundation offers two grant cycles per year. A link to the application will be posted here during each cycle.
Summer 2022 Grant Recipients
|Organization Name||Project Description|
|Adaptive Cycling of Southern Idaho||
|Buhl Family Network, Inc.||
Windows for family center building renovations
|Burley High School Band||Instruments and utility trailer|
|Everybody House||Raised garden beds and 50-gallon planters|
|Hansen School District||Playground fencing for preschool|
|Jefferson Elementary||Dual language immersion books|
|Jerome County Senior Citizens Service Area Inc.||Outdoor patio furniture|
|Jerome Middle School||Greenhouse grow lighting system|
|Junior Achievement of Idaho Inc.||Covering the difference of the kit cost increase from 2021|
|Living Independent Network Corporation||Battery chargers and batteries for mobility equipment|
|Magic Valley Pediatric Cancer Coalition||Home school/technology support|
|Rising Stars Therapeutic Riding Center||Portable lifts|
|Simply Hope Family Outreach, Inc.||Tables and chairs|
|Valley House Homeless Shelter||Commercial washers and dryers|
|West Minico Parent Teacher Organization, Inc.||Choir risers|
Funding decisions will be made by the Foundation’s Board of Directors, who meet biannually in July and December. Grant awards are generally to capital projects between $1,000 - $5,000. The Foundation encourages applications from organizations within the Magic Valley and Mini-Cassia areas, and select projects in other communities First Federal serves.
The Foundation 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