Community Foundation’s Regional Impact Grant Reopens
Awarded Quarterly (First Quarter Due September 30)
The Community Foundation of NCW has reopened its Regional Impact Grant (RIG), the largest funding opportunity for nonprofits in the region. The RIG has been on-hold for the last two years as the Foundation retooled its grantmaking and changed criteria to respond to the impacts of nonprofits during the height of the pandemic.
The return of the RIG brings a few changes – it will now be offered quarterly instead of annually and nonprofits will apply for one of two grant funding options: $4,000 or $10,000. This will increase funding opportunities and support for more organizations.
“The last year has given us an opportunity to re-evaluate our grant programs to make the biggest impact we can in our region with our resources” said Claire Oatey, director of community grants. “We pivoted to quarterly grants during the pandemic and learned that this more frequent cycle of funding was a better way to get the funds into the hands of the organizations that were shaping the communities in our region.”
The RIG is open to 501c3 public charities, government agencies (excluding schools), tribal agencies, faith-based organizations, and fiscally sponsored programs serving Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties. Nonprofits are eligible for core operating support, while other agencies will be eligible for program-specific support. “The new RIG criteria will provide more flexible funding for nonprofits so they can be nimble and adapt to the changing needs of the community” said Oatey. “We know core support is so important for organizations to depend on when needs or opportunities arise.”
In addition, Give NCW, the online fundraising campaign that runs Thanksgiving to December 31 supporting the region’s nonprofits, will no longer be contingent upon receiving a RIG as in years past. It will be open to any eligible nonprofit in the three counties, with some select criteria.
The RIG is now accepting applications, with the first quarter grant due September 15.