Strategic Project Grants

Overview and Program Goals

Strategic Project grants are one- or two-year grants of at least $15,000. Grants are given to innovative, inspiring, and impactful organizations and projects in the areas of arts, environment, and history in NCW. The program goal is to enable organizations to work on a particular mission-centered and strategic project to create a significant, long term impact on the organization and its local or regional community.

Application Process and Timeline

This program employs a three-step application process, which starts with a Letter of Intent (LOI).  Both the LOI and the application must be submitted through the online application system. These will be reviewed based on projects’ potential of furthering the Icicle Fund mission. A small number of applicants will receive an invitation to submit a full application.  Once the application is submitted, we will schedule a time for a site visit.  The full Icicle Fund Board uses recommendations from committee review and from site visit evaluations to guide the funding decisions at its June meeting.

  Event

  Date

  LOI deadline

  February 10, 2017

  Invitation to submit full application

  March 17, 2017

  Grant application deadline

  April 7, 2017

  Site visits

  May 15-19, 2017

  Announcement of funding decision

  Mid-June, 2017

  Awards received by grantees

  End of June, 2017

Eligibility

  • Your organization must have a determination letter from the United States Internal Revenue Service that designates your organization as exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3). Your organization must also be defined as a publicly supported organization under section 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2). You can find this information on Schedule A of your organization’s IRS Form 990 which can be found at www.guidestar.org. If you do not meet these criteria, you can be fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)3 organization.
  • Your organization must be non-discriminatory in its policies and practices in regards to sex, race, color, marital status, national origin, religious affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, and age.
  • Your project must further arts, environment, or history in NCW and address the program goals stated above.
  • Your project must have an impact in North Central Washington (Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan, and Grant counties). 
  • We do not consider grants for individuals, political candidates, parties, or lobbyists.
  • If your organization is a current Icicle Fund grantee, you need to submit a progress or final report on any current grant from the Icicle Fund no later than by the Letter of Inquiry deadline for the new grant.
  • If your organization received a grant under the Icicle Fund Strategic Projet Grant Program you are not eligible to apply for any Icicle Fund grants until a year after the end of the Strategic Project grant period. 
  • Your organization may apply for only one Icicle Fund grant per year. 

Focus Areas

Within the focus area of environment, preference is given to projects that will support the implementation of the Land Conservation Strategic Plan for the Icicle Fund. For additional information, please contact one of the five lead partner organizations or the Icicle Fund.

Within the focus areas of arts and history there currently are no specified areas of preference.

We are currently undertaking an assessment and gap analysis of arts to further focus this area. For more information, please contact us.

How to Apply

Go to Applying for Grants for details on how to apply for Icicle Fund grants.