Initiative Grants

Overview and Program Goals

Initiative grants are one-year grants of up to $7,500. The program goal is to contribute to smaller organizations’ ability to fill gaps in the community in the areas of arts, environment, and history. Project goals should be accomplished in the 1-year grant period. All eligible organizations can apply for Initiative Grants every year.

Application Process and Timeline

The Initiative Grants Program does not include a Letter Of Inquiry (LOI). Once the application is submitted, it will be reviewed. The full Icicle Fund Board uses recommendations from several Committees to guide funding decisions at its June meeting.




  Application deadline

  March 5, 2018

  E-mail notification of funding decision

  Mid-June, 2018

  Awards received by grantees

  End of June, 2018



  • 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 If you do not meet these criteria, you can be fiscally sponsored by an organization that does.
  • 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.
  • 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 one month before the application 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

We support non-profit organizations that work to protect the environment, advance the arts, and promote the natural and cultural history. When arts, environment, and history are naturally interconnected, we strongly encourage projects that integrate two or more of these focus areas.   

Within the focus area of environment, preference is given to projects that will address our Areas of Priority in Conservation. Areas of Priority in The Arts will be available by January 1st, 2019. We currently do not have specific areas of preference in history.

For additional information, please contact one of the five lead partner organizations or the Icicle Fund.

How to Apply

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