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
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
The foundation does not grant in perpetuity
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.