Project Neighborly

We want to work with the community to inspire answers to “How can we be better North Idaho neighbors? How can we spark ideas to help start conversations among people who otherwise might not have interacted?”

Project Neighborly ignites efforts by awarding grants up to $5,000 to support inspiring, actionable, relevant projects and activities that develop a sense of community and promote neighborliness. Deadline to apply has closed.

2022 North Idaho
Grantee Projects

Arts and Culture Alliance (Kootenai) – $1,000 to create a Little Free Art Gallery, a public miniature art gallery that is free and open to everyone in the community to take a piece, leave a piece, both, or simply enjoy the gallery.

City of Spirit Lake (Kootenai) – $4,900 to purchase an outdoor movie package so the city can offer outdoor movie nights in the park.

Coeur d’Alene Rotary (Kootenai) – $5,000 to create a program to match people who have different points of view and allow them to have authentic dialogue. The pilot program would create opportunities to understand what has shaped their matched partner’s views and find their similarities.

Community Library Network (Kootenai and Shoshone) – $5,000 to keep communities connected by providing fun library events and celebrating the unique community.

Cup of Grace (Kootenai) – $4,650 to provide free sack lunches to children every Saturday during the summer, and invite community partners such as dentists, firefighters and others.

Love Lives Here CDA (Kootenai) – $1,500 to recruit volunteers to personalize 5,000 kindness cards and hand deliver cards to their own neighbors.

NAMI CDA (Kootenai) – $4,500 to support two events to promote discussion and education regarding mental health awareness and stigma reduction.

North Idaho Pride Alliance (Kootenai) – $3,000 to incorporate a schedule of engaging community activities designed for all ages at Pride in the Park.

Rathdrum Community Center (Kootenai) – $5,000 to bring individuals and families together for a good meal prepared by the center.

Sanders Beach Neighborhood Residents (Kootenai) – $700 to create a Little Library for the growing number of residents in the neighborhoods south of Sherman Avenue.

Shared Harvest Community Garden (Kootenai) – $2,750 to a biweekly pizza party during harvest nights with the neighborhood.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Human Rights Education Institute, Museum of North Idaho (Kootenai) – $5,000 to support a series of small group discussions about the realities, challenges and opportunities that are part of life in the Inland Northwest.

The Way Home Church (Benewah) – $2,000 for a monthly gathering of all women in the UpRiver area to build community, introduce neighbors to each other and dispel the loneliness experienced over the last few years.

Project Neighborly is led by the Idaho Community Foundation with support from funding partners Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health, Idaho Central Credit Union and Innovia Foundation.

Eligible recipients included: 501(c)(3) organizations, Native American tribal agencies, civic groups (Rotary, Kiwanis, etc.), religious institutions, public institutions (including public schools and local governments), informal grassroots groups (with a fiscal sponsor) and others.


Idaho Community Foundation
Civic Engagement Alliance, United Way of North Idaho, and the Coeur d’Alene Regional Chamber

Implementation Plan Strategy:

“Develop and implement a grant program for local neighborhoods to promote local activities, amenities, and identity.”

citizens around table at a planning session

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man paddle boarding near Tubbs Hill shoreline

Lake Education

woman teacher with young student

Early Care & Education

aerial view of midtown CDA


people enjoying restaurant outside seating area

East Sherman Revitalization

trees, lake, and beach on dike road

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