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Investing in local non-profits

TRCF provides grants up to $7500

Through our annual grant program, TRCF supports local non-profit organizations in bringing needed services to the community. If you are a local 501(c)(3) organization, school or government agency seeking funds to start or grow programs that align with the TRCF focus areas, we invite you to apply.


Total grants awarded to local non-profits

Your generous gift will make it possible for us to expand our community grant program and support more community organizations.

Focus Areas

Building stronger communities

TRCF awards grants to non-profit organizations of all sizes, with diverse missions. The common criteria for all grants is that they improve quality of life and strengthen Three Rivers communities in at least one of these four areas.

Human Services

Projects that improve the quality, accessibility and efficiency of health care service; to impact positively the housing, safety, employment and other needs of vulnerable youth, elderly and low-income people; or to lessen human suffering by building the ability of people to improve their lives.

Social, Cultural and Leisure

To enhance educational opportunities, enrich the artistic and cultural climate, increase and diversify recreational opportunities.

Education and Lifelong Learning

Grants are available for programs that improve the quality, scope and accessibility of educational programming to residents in the service area.

Public Issues and Information

Grants can help fund citizen-led initiatives that enable thoughtful, non-partisan analysis of important community issues, particularly those that clarify and build consensus on resolving pressing community issues.


If you are not sure your project meets our grant qualifications, we encourage you to contact us to discuss it. We are a pay-it-forward foundation, committed to returning the proceeds of our endowment for the betterment of our local community. We want to work with local service providers to help you get the funds you need.

How to Apply

Start an Application

Once the grant program opens May 1, you can complete and submit your entire grant application through the Initiative Foundation Online Grant System. Our grant application will not be available on the portal until our grant program opens, May 1.

Tips for Completing Your Application

  1. Complete all questions on the application form to provide full details about your project and funding needs
  2. Gather these required documents so they are ready to upload with your application. We can accept files in doc, docx, xlsx or PDF format.
    • Project Budget
    • IRS 501(c)(3) Tax Determination Letter OR
    • If utilizing a fiscal host, attach both the IRS 501(c)(3) Tax Determination Letter AND a letter from the fiscal host accepting responsibility for this grant
  3. Complete and review your proposal. If you can’t complete the entire application at one time, you can save your work to finish it later. Select “Save & Finish Later” before exiting the system. When your application is complete, select “Review & Submit.” This will take you to the “Review Application” page.
  4. Submit your proposal. Review your proposal carefully. If everything is correct, click the “Submit” button at the bottom of the page. Remember to upload all required documents first. You will not be able to retrieve or edit your application once it has been submitted. A copy also will be included in your confirmation email.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email that your proposal was received. Please ensure is on your safe list.

Key Dates

May 1:
Application period opens

July 15:
Application deadline

August 31:
Grant awards announced

For technical issues or questions about the Initiative Foundation online grant application system:

Start an Application

Making a difference:

$818,815 total grants invested in Three Rivers Communities

See how grant dollars are making a difference