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  • Summer 2024 Application Period: May 7 - June 30
  • Grant requests need to be submitted online.

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 $1.3 million to organizations serving our communities.

The Foundation offers two grant cycles (Summer and Winter) per year.

Winter 2023 Grant Recipients

Organization Name Project Description
Benevolence and Beyond Inc. Carpet and roll carts
Breaking Chains Academy of Development Printers
Burley Discovery Museum Cargo trailer
Explore Dance Company Window coverings
Filer Quick Response Unit Technical rope rescue equipment
Girls on the Run Southern Idaho Technology equipment
Jerome School District Spanish language books for dual literacy program
Lincoln County Historical Society Entrance awning
Magic Valley Youth Services, Inc. Chairs and booster seats
Men's Second Chance Living Furnishing for residents
Mt. Harrison High School (Minidoka Education Foundation) Greenhouse enhancements
Sawtooth Elementary PTO Playground communication board
Simply Hope Family Outreach, Inc. Freezer, ice maker, and van wrap
The Optimist Club of Twin Falls, Idaho Coats for Kids
Twin Falls Optimist Youth House Patio chairs and repair items
Valley House Homeless Shelter Computers for staff
Valley Lunch Program Cafeteria tables
Women's and Children's Alliance Wireless network equipment

Click here to view previous Foundation Grant recipients.

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 throughout Southern Idaho including the Magic Valley, Treasure Valley, and Mini-Cassia area.

The Foundation 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.

Foundation Financial Information - Form 990-PF

If you have any questions, please contact Valli Nelson at 208-933-3413 or [email protected].