2021 Grants: LOI Process Limited to 125 Applicants

In its Idaho and Montana Grant Program, The Steele-Reese Foundation makes grants only to federally tax-exempt entities for work in rural Idaho and Montana communities, and in Native nations that share this geography. We encourage potential applicants to review the What We Fund section, the 2021 Letter of Inquiry Worksheet, and to contact Linda Tracy, Western Director, to discuss your proposal before submitting a Letter of Inquiry for the Foundation’s consideration.

The Foundation will only consider requests that benefit rural communities in Idaho, Montana, and in Native nations located within these states. We will not consider requests for work benefiting urban or suburban areas, or those more rural areas immediately adjacent, or in close proximity, to an urbanized area. In Idaho, urban areas include the Boise-Nampa Metropolitan Statistical Area, Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Coeur d’Alene, Twin Falls, Lewiston, Post Falls, Rexburg, Moscow, and their suburbs. In Montana, urban areas include Billings, Missoula, Great Falls, Bozeman, Butte, Helena, Kalispell, and their suburbs.

We give priority to organizations based in rural communities working in rural areas. We will also consider inquiries from organizations based in urban areas for proposed work in a rural community with whom they can demonstrate an existing high level of engagement.

For funding in Idaho and Montana communities, and Native nations located within these states, the application process begins with a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) that must be submitted via the Foundation’s online grant portal. To establish an account, or to access an existing account, click here. You may create an account at any time. Please have contact information, an email address, and your organization’s federal tax ID number available when you register. If you have registered previously, we encourage you to log back in to your existing account to submit a 2021 LOI.

We will open the LOI process on January 11, 2021. We will close it once we have received 125 LOIs, or by January 29, 2021 by 11:59 pm Mountain Time, whichever occurs first. To track the number of LOIs received to date, log on to your account and click the Apply section. In the unlikely event that we reach our limit the first week the LOI is open, anyone who has begun an LOI online in the first week will be allowed to submit it within three days of our having reached our limit.

The 2021 Letter of Inquiry Worksheet allows applicants to review questions prior to filling out the form online and includes full instructions and answers to frequently asked questions. You may use this worksheet as a tool to prepare your answers offline to paste into the online LOI form. You must log on to your account, complete the online LOI form, and submit it for your inquiry to be counted among the first 125 we receive. We recommend that you save your work frequently while completing an LOI on our grant portal.

By March 1, 2021, we will respond to all organizations that submit an LOI to either invite each to complete a full application by April 1, 2021, or to inform them that we are unable to further consider their proposals this year. The amount of grant funds available limits the number of applications we are able to invite and the number of them we are able to fund. An LOI that does not result in an invitation for a full application, or an application that does not receive funding, is in no way a reflection of the value of an organization or its work. Those organizations that receive a grant will receive funds in mid-July after promptly signing grant agreements.

If you would like to explore the possible fit between your priorities and what we are able to consider supporting, please contact Linda Tracy, Western Director, between August and December. If you have any questions or difficulties, we encourage you to contact her well ahead of the LOI deadline.