Grant Process 2021

CLOSED - The period to submit an LOI has closed.

Community Fund Grant Process 2021

See our Community Investment Report here.

United Way of Idaho Falls & Bonneville County is accepting Letters of Intent from nonprofit organizations beginning March 1, 2021 through Noon on March 12, 2021.

Community Investment Fund Grants are awarded to organizations with programs that align with the goals of United Way of Idaho Falls & Bonneville County in the areas of health, education and financial stability. Grant recipients must provide annual outcomes and demonstrate measurable results as part of the grant process.

Click here for the LOI application. Once complete please email application to

All Letters of Intent must be submitted by noon on Friday, March 12, 2021.

Letters of Intent are reviewed by our Community Solutions Panel Chairs who determine which programs will be invited to apply for our annual grant process. Please see the annual grant process timeline below for more details.

Please submit questions to Christine Wiersema at or by calling (208) 522-2674.

Schedule of Events


2021 United Way of Idaho Falls & Bonneville County Grant Process Timeline

March 1

LOI available online for public.

March 12

LOI due by NOON.

March 22

Invitations to apply sent to nonprofit organizations

March 22

Applications available online to invited agencies.

April 23

Applications due from nonprofit organizations by 5:00 PM.

April 23-May 28


Community Solutions panel volunteers review, score grants. Follow up with interviews and possible site visits.

June 14

Grant awards will be announced by email.

July 1

Monthly payout to nonprofit organizations awarded a grant will begin.

See below for additional important funding guidelines.


2021-22 Community Investment Fund Guidelines

Program Eligibility Criteria

United Way has established certain criteria that agencies must meet before their Letter of Intent will be considered. They must:

  • As a condition of a program grant award, it will be expected that you attend monthly meetings (currently via zoom) with United Way of Idaho Falls & Bonneville County and other funded partners.
  • Have as their primary mission the provision of health and/or human services.
  • Resources are directed towards programs that illustrate how they are targeted toward low-income individuals - ALICE
  • Be under control of a local governing board which is organized and functioning to provide policy direction and fiscal management oversight.
  • Have the ability to demonstrate outcomes in the goals under the Impact areas of Education, Financial Stability and Health.
  • Financial Attachments
    • Be able to provide an independent financial audit (if organization annual revenue is over $500,000)
    • or an independent financial review (if organization annual revenue is $150,00 to $499,000),
    • if an organization has an annual revenue less than $149,000
    • or a religious organization they must be able to certify that they have controls in place to ensure funds are properly accounted for and can provide accurate timely financial information to interested parties. Quarterly financials and board meeting minutes must be included with the grant application.
    • Also a copy of the most recent 990 filed with the IRS.
  • Provide services to residents of and have a physical service delivery location in Eastern Idaho, including the counties of Bonneville, Clark, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison, and Teton.
  • Organizations applying for grants funding must have registered as  501(c)3 tax exempt organization as determined by the Internal Revenue Service.
Program Investment Guidelines
  • Minimum grant amount will be $5,000.
  • Grant awards are not made for capital projects.
  • Outcomes will be reviewed each year by the Community Solutions Panel.  To ensure that investments are making an impact, a maximum grant amount for any newly applying agency/program is $15,000.  If there is a collaborative effort and the lead agency receiving the funds is not new to receiving UWIFBC funds, this guideline may not apply.
  • As a general rule, UWIFBC grant awards should not exceed 20% of a program’s budget.  Exceptions to this may be made on a case by case basis such as innovative collaborations and startups.