NIC Foundation Grant Program

Celebrating 21 Years and Over $1 Million in Grant Awards

The North Idaho College Foundation Board of Directors is proud to be able to fund the NIC Foundation Grant Program for the 21st consecutive year! Charitable dollars raised by the Foundation each year provide the resources to fund this grant program, which strives to foster innovation and creativity to further enhance excellence at NIC. Through the NIC Foundation Grant Program, the Foundation has funded 261 grants totaling $1,098,959 with the average grant ranging from $500 to $5,000. 


The 2014-15 grant recipients were determined by a committee consisting of representatives from ASNIC, Staff Assembly, Faculty Assembly, Student Services, Instruction, and the NIC Foundation Board of Directors. This year, 28 grants were submitted totaling $101,547. The Foundation is pleased to fund the following 16 grants totaling $55,000:

 • Diversity Committee: Funding for promotional material and appreciation awards for the Understanding Poverty Symposium, a collaborative event that addresses issues related to poverty and encourages student participation in the process for change.

• Admissions Office: Purchase of a Surface 2 tablet to provide the Admissions Office with the ability to offer on the spot admission and capture applicant data electronically to help students complete the application process.

• Carpentry Technology, Trades & Industry: Funding to paint and update the program’s tool trailer that resides in local neighborhoods nine months of the year and reflects the image of the NIC Carpentry Program to the community and potential students.

• Advising Services: Funding to produce Advising Essentials: Faculty Advisor Handbook to provide advisors with accurate information and resources to ensure the continued success of NIC students.

• Molstead Library: Purchase of book display racks for outreach centers in Kellogg, Sandpoint, and Bonners Ferry; the racks will house popular books for students to check out and will create a strong visual reminder of NIC’s Library support services.

• Office of Advanced Opportunity, Dual Credit Program: Implementation of the Peer to Peer Dual Credit Liaison Pilot Program which will partner experienced dual credit students with new dual credit students in the high schools to better support dual credit student success.

• Children's Center: Funding to develop an Early Childhood Resource Library that will be utilized by families and teachers at the Center to help them better understand early childhood behaviors and temperament.

• Communication and Fine Arts: Establish a communication lab in Molstead Library to provide COMM 101 students a place to practice and record their speeches to better support student success.

• Disability, Health and Counseling Services: Funding for touchscreen technology for students who have limited or no ability to manually access computers; this technology will provide improved accessibility for physically disabled students and provide them with a better user experience.

• Facilities Operations: Purchase of fifty indoor recycle bins to enhance NIC’s recycling program and reduce overall cost of waste services; ASNIC initiated a campus recycling program that NIC Facilities Operations now manages.

• Integrated Business Entrepreneurship Program and Outreach and Educational Innovation: Installation of Interactive Video Conference (IVC) equipment in McLain Hall to allow students at outreach sites in Bonners Ferry, Sandpoint, Kellogg, and the high schools access to the Integrated Business Entrepreneurship courses.

• Welding Technology, Trades and Industry: Purchase of a welding bender that will give Welding students hands-on experience with up-to-date technology, which will better prepare them to enter the workforce.

• Admissions Office, Advising Services, and English and Humanities Division: Implementation of an Intensive English Language Program (IELP) to augment the college’s international student population and enhance cultural experiences for students, staff, and faculty.

• Communications and Marketing and Registrar/Admissions: Funding for an electronic brochure service developed specifically for community colleges that allows prospective students a simple, personalized, and immediate way of receiving information about NIC and its programs and services.

• Student Services and Communications and Marketing: Purchase of the Site Improve Web Governance Software, a tool that will allow the college to better maintain its websites through quality assurance, accessibility, web analytics, and search engine optimization. Additionally, the Dept. of Education has begun enforcing digital media access for students with disabilities and this technology will demonstrate NIC’s sincere efforts toward access compliance.

• Adult Basic Education/GED and Workforce Training Center: Purchase of classroom technology and equipment to provide ABE/GED instruction at the Post Falls Workforce Training Center and help prepare students for post-secondary education, training, and employment. This location in Post Falls was recently added for ABE/GED instruction.