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The Morning Star Foundation was founded in 2006 as a nonprofit 501(c)3 to solicit and manage charitable gifts in a permanent fund to benefit youth. Donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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Providing Grants That Solve
the Problems We Care About Most

Great News! We will be accepting grant applications during the month of November 2020.

What You Can Expect From the Granting Committee

The Morning Star Foundation is tasked with the stewardship and sustainability of the Foundation’s assets to support administration of grant funding to the programs that carry out our mission. Our Grants Administration Committee meets all throughout the year to streamline the granting cycle process, review applications for eligibility, and award grants to the nonprofits that solve the problems we care about the most. The granting committee intermittently reviews the progress of each program and reports the impact they are having back to our donors.


A special meeting is held during the month of June to review the Foundation’s financial performance and determine the amount that will be available for granting throughout the next cycle. The funds available for granting varies from year to year and may be limited during times of economic downturn and organizational restructuring. For this reason, the Foundation does not provide grant funding to cover administrative costs and payroll related expenses.


Grant applications will be reviewed by the Grants Administration Committee throughout the month of November. Grant applicants should anticipate receipt of grant award or rejection letter no later than mid-December. Grant recipients will be required to sign an acceptance letter and checks will be distributed mid-January.

In order for your nonprofit program to be considered for a grant, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Qualify as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization according to the Internal Revenue Service Code

  • Serve Inland Northwest, primarily Spokane County, Eastern Washington, North Idaho and surrounding communities

  • Program mission must align with a minimum one of our Five Pillars of Caring; max one grant request per pillar

  • Have a successful three-year track record of programming

  • Maintain current financial records, providing a copy of the operational budget and a statement of financial position

  • Individual grant requests amount must be between $10,000-100,000

  • Must have a working board of directors, as well as management, governance, and accountability structures in place

  • Need to provide a list of board members and their affiliations

  • Demonstrate 100% board-member giving

  • Provide a three-year strategic plan

Are You Eligible for a Grant?

Expenses That Are NOT Eligible for Grants

Grant applications including expenses in the following categories will be ineligible for consideration. Please check your grant request closely prior to submission to ensure your budget does not include any of the following:

  • Payments to individuals 

  • Indirect or supporting costs for operations

  • Salaries, payroll or payroll expenses

  • Administrative costs

  • Endowments

  • Foundation fees

  • Financial deficits 

  • Fundraising Activities

  • Lobbying organizations

  • Government entities

  • The foundation does not grant in perpetuity

What You Need To Do To Apply for a Nonprofit Grant

The Morning Star Foundation will be accepting grant applications October 1-31. All materials must be received no later than 5pm on October 31st to be considered. Materials may be submitted by email or postal services. Please allow 30-45 days for consideration.

Grant Application Updates

To streamline and improve the experience for our applicants, we're in the process of refining our application process. For more information, questions about program eligibility or about applying, please call 509.448.1412 or send an email inquiry to admin@morningstar-foundation.org.