Apply for a Grant

The Wood River Women’s Foundation is pleased to announce our Pooled Grant process for 2018.


Wood River Women’s Foundation accepts applications for grants of $5,000 to $25,000.  If you wish to be considered, you must complete the appropriate application. Please note that the two different funding levels have somewhat different requirements.  The application, including the required attachments, is due on or before Monday, November 13, 2017.  You will be notified by January 10, 2018 whether or not your application has advanced to the next stage of the process. Ultimately, grants are chosen by a vote of our full membership.  You will be notified in April whether or not your grant will be funded.  Funds are distributed in July 2018. If funds for a project are needed prior to July 2018, please be aware that your application may not be considered in the 2018 Grants Cycle. 

WRWF accepts applications in the following areas: Arts, Education, Environment, Health, Recreation, and Social Services.

Eligibility requirements:

  • organization must be 501(c)3 under the IRS
  • organization may not discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation and political or religious belief
  • organization does not serve exclusively sectarian purposes
  • applications for endowments, capital campaigns, or projects outside Blaine County are not considered
  • Applications from organizations which received a grant from WRWF in both of the two immediately preceding grant cycles (2016 and 2017) will not be considered.

For collaborative grants involving two or more organizations, please submit just one application.  Each organization involved may request up to the maximum $25,000.

The WRWF is committed to affording each applying nonprofit an equal opportunity. Toward this end, we are inviting all nonprofits considering submitting an application to an informational meeting Monday, October 16, 2017, 8:30 AM, Light on the Mountains, 12446 Idaho 75, Ketchum. At this meeting representatives of the Grants Committee will answer questions about the process and criteria of our organization.  Our process changed last year.  We no longer requires a Letter of Inquiry.  Therefore we urge all applicants, including those who have been through our process before, to attend the meeting.

Please make note of our criteria for funding and how your proposed project addresses one or more of the following:

  • Capacity building and sustainability: providing your organization with building blocks to support your mission
  • Addressing a critical community need in Blaine County
  • Developing new ventures
  • Creating new approaches to persistent problems
  • Overall enrichment of the community

Other important considerations:

  • We encourage collaborations and forging partnerships among agencies toward common goals. To this end, we welcome joint projects.
  • If this will be a new project, consider how its implementation will impact existing demands on your agency’s budget and staff time. Will it replace an existing program? If it is to be ongoing and in addition to existing programs, how will funding be sought to continue beyond the term of the grant?
  • WRWF will consider ongoing support of programs. Pilot programs and projects begun in one year may very well be considered for ongoing support in a subsequent year. However, as stated above, organizations which received a grant in both of the two immediately preceding grant cycles (2016 and 2017) are not eligible to apply.
  • When working on your project budget, be sure to consider both direct project costs and the indirect costs of overhead and administration.
  • Would a grant from WRWF help you to leverage additional financial support?

We look forward to working with you on this process. If you would like an application or if you have any questions, please email us at: