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Grant Guidelines



Information for Applicants

Who is Eligible: Any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Idaho whose services include hunger-relief. Applicants are NOT required to be a member of The Idaho Foodbank partner network, Catholic Charities, or the Idaho Community Action Partnership in order to apply.

What We Fund: Funds will support programs that provide nutrition awareness, promote healthy eating, or relieve hunger. Specifically, funds can be used to operate programs, purchase food, provide nutrition education materials, expand capacity (new freezers, shelving, transportation, etc), and/or promote access to and benefit from all of the aforementioned activities and resources for underserved and/or marginalized populations.

Deadlines: Our grant cycle opens July 1 each year and applications will be accepted until midnight July 31, 2019. Grant awards are announced in late September and funds are dispersed in early October. Recipients must submit progress reports in March and October.

How to Apply: We prefer applicants use our online form, which will be available on July 1. Applicants may also download a fillable PDF form, which can be completed and emailed to, or printed and mailed to the address below. Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than July 31, 2019.

Idaho Food Bank Fund
c/o The Idaho Foodbank
3562 South TK Ave
Boise, ID 83705

Contact Us: If you have questions about eligibility, the type of projects we fund, or how to submit an application, please contact Grant Coordinator Michael Shumann at (208) 577-2682 or by email at

Purpose and Background

Thousands of children, families, and senior citizens across Idaho depend on access to free emergency food. The Idaho Food Bank Fund provides financial support to local nonprofits who offer this important service in their communities. Grant awards help these organizations—which are often volunteer-driven—cover vital costs and activities associated with their work.

The Fund was established by the Idaho State Legislature in 2009 and monies are accepted on behalf of donors by the Idaho Tax Commission through what is commonly known as a ‘tax check off’ on Idaho State tax returns. The Idaho Foodbank is the recognized fiduciary agent for the Idaho Food Bank Fund, which is administered through an agreement between three statewide organizations: The Idaho Foodbank, Catholic Charities of Idaho, and the Community Action Partnership Association of Idaho. Idaho Food Bank Fund legislation reads:

57-824. There is hereby created in the state treasury, the Idaho Food Bank Fund. Moneys in the fund shall be appropriated to The Idaho Foodbank to provide food, information and support services to hungry people of this state through partnerships with nonprofit agencies, the food industry, government, volunteers, corporations and individuals by serving as a central clearinghouse for donated and purchased food.