Rapid Response to Poverty Grant Program Overview: 

The Rapid Response Grant Program is designed to invest funds into a pre-identified funding region and program area quickly.

These awards will address two main priorities;

  1. To provide an opportunity for organizations to receive funds in a shorter period of time than typical funding response cycles;
  2. And, to fund awards based on input from locally-sourced groups to support local priority needs. For example, applications from the Tri-County area (Ferry, Pend Oreille, and Stevens counties) will be reviewed and analyzed by a committee who actively resides within that community.

Eligibility and Funding Details:

The current Rapid Response Grant Program is investing in organizations or programs addressing poverty-related issues. Poverty-related issues, in this instance, are broad, and can address, but are not limited to: support of basic needs; addressing human welfare; advancing economic equality; etc.  

Award maximum is $5,000. The grant award timeline is one year. Funds can be requested for operating, program/project, capital/equipment, or capacity building needs.

Funds are currently only available for organizations operating in, or providing services in the following counties: Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, and/or Whitman.

Eligible organizations will be nonprofit entities. Please see our Eligibility and Funding Criteria section.

Timeline and Application:

Applications are due May 2, 2017.

Awards will be provided June 18, 2017.

  Start Application 
(Opens April 3, 2017. Due May 2, 2017, 5 p.m.PST)

See PDF sample of application

If your organization serves more than one region (see below), you may submit up to three applications (one for each region) to the Rapid Response to Poverty grant program.

  • Region 1 (Ferry/Stevens/Pend Oreille counties)
  • Region 2 (Adams and Lincoln counties)
  • Region 3 (Whitman, Asotin, Columbia and Garfield counties)


The genesis of the Rapid Response Grant Program is from on-going current work through the partnership between Inland Northwest Community Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through the Building Community Philanthropy (BCP) Initiative. The Gates Foundation has invested $350,000 in INWCF over the course of four years to address reducing cycles of intergenerational poverty in the pre-identified Eastern Washington counties. INWCF will re-grant much of the funding, invest a portion into capacity building for nonprofits, and will aim to generate additional philanthropic contributions through the initiative. The Rapid Response Grant Program is the result of an anonymous donor.

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