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

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

We request that you use the following process in preparing your grant applications. All grant applications will be reviewed by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees that meets bi-annually in July and December to make funding decisions. Grant applications are only accepted twice per year during specific time periods. Please visit our Facebook page for information regarding acceptance periods and due dates.

The committee will review one proposal per organization during a 12-month period. However, those organizations that have applied and did not receive funds may reapply during the 12-month period so long as the request has been altered to satisfy the criteria of the foundation. Multi-year commitments will not be considered.

The Foundation's Board of Trustees will follow the criteria listed below, in this order, 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 minimum grant amount is $1,000, and the maximum grant amount will generally not exceed $5,000. Funds will be distributed primarily for capital projects, rather than operating expenses. The Foundation ordinarily does not provide grants to support the following:

  • Individuals
  • Political causes
  • Religious organizations
  • Private clubs
  • Areas outside of the Magic Valley

Please consider the above criteria when sending in an application to ensure that your request fits in with the Foundation’s specifications. Submit a one-page cover letter including the following information about the project or organization:

  • Background and objectives
  • Budget, including sources of current funding
  • Specific plans and timetables
  • Total cost of project
  • What resources are currently available to organization
  • How much matching funding is received

Additional information is requested regarding the organization (see enclosed checklist).

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 or contribution requests should be submitted online.

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