Pooled Fund Grant Guidelines and Instructions

BACKGROUND

The Women’s Gift Alliance (WGA) was formed to make a significant impact in Kootenai County through philanthropy. The WGA’s mission is to pool the talents and resources of women in Kootenai County to provide meaningful financial support to a broad range of charitable, cultural and educational projects within our community. The WGA Grant Program consists of annually awarding large Pooled Fund Grants, Finalist Awards, and smaller Individually Designated Gifts.

Pooled Fund Grants are awarded through a three-stage collaborative selection process and final membership vote. All submittals are reviewed carefully by the WGA Grant Committee verifying information submitted, weighing against WGA grant criteria, and subjectively evaluating community need and the likelihood of project outcomes.

Finalist Awards may be awarded each year to organizations on the Pooled Fund Grant Ballot who do not receive a Pooled Fund Grant.

Individually Designated Gifts (IDG) are awarded every year in August. Each of our members may designate a $250 Individual Gift to a nonprofit organization of her choice.

POOLED FUND GRANT APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  1. Services provided by the Organization must benefit residents of Kootenai County.

  2. Only organizations that qualify as 501(c) 3 entities under the IRS code or other organizations that meet charitable guidelines established by the Idaho Community Foundation and the IRS are considered for funding.      

  3. Organizations that have previously received a WGA Pooled Fund Grant Award may receive only one pooled fund grant within a three-year period.       

POOLED FUND GRANT FUNDING CRITERIA

The Women’s Gift Alliance guiding principal is to make a significant impact in the community through collective philanthropy. To achieve our goal, Women’s Gift Alliance members are asked to vote for Pooled Fund Grant Projects that demonstrate one or more of the following:

 

  • ENRICH THE FABRIC OF THE COMMUNITY

  • FOSTER COLLABORATION OR PARTNERSHIP

  • ADDRESS A COMMUNITY PROBLEM

  • CREATE A BOLD NEW VENTURE

 

Note:  Your organization may have opportunities to leverage other funds and forge partnerships that will

increase the impact of Women’s Gift Alliance funds.

 

Other Funding Information:

  • WGA anticipates grant award amounts of approximately $25,000. The final amount is established by the WGA Board at their January meeting.

  • General operating expenses are eligible for funding consideration only in the amounts necessary for specific project needs.

  • Funding requests for endowments and fundraising activities are not considered.

  • Funds are not available until July 1, 2022.

  • WGA funds may not be used for expenses incurred before the Grant Award date.

  • WGA funded projects must be initiated within 6 months after the Grant award.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Preliminary Applications must include:

  1. Submission Checklist

  2. Preliminary Application with Original Signatures (2 pages)

  3. Pooled Fund Grant Questionnaire (2 page limit)

The following documents must also be included:

  1. Detailed Project Budget. If the Project amount exceeds the WGA Grant Award, clearly indicate items for WGA funding.

  2. IRS Determination Letter to confirm 501(c)(3) status

  3. Current Fiscal Year Detailed Operating Budget

  4. Current Fiscal Year Detailed Income and Expense Statement through September 30, 2021

  5. Financial Statements (Balance Sheet and Income Statement) for two prior Fiscal Years

  6. Annual Report and/or Brochures (optional)

Preliminary Applications must be submitted on or before Tuesday, November 9, 2021.

Please click on the red button below to print and complete the necessary application materials. When your application is completed, mail to:

Women's Gift Alliance

PO Box 98

Hayden, ID  83835

Any questions, we're here to help you navigate the application: grants@womensgiftalliance.org

Thanks for your participation in the 2022 Pooled Fund Grants!