Organizational and Professional Development Grant

Idaho Power is proud to offer two pilot programs for qualified nonprofit economic-development organizations to aid in their mission of improving the economic well-being of the communities they serve.

Organizational and Professional Development Grants

This program provides funds to underwrite application and accreditation fees for organizations seeking certification as an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO). Grants for individual professional development training and certification fees for both staff and board members also are available.

Grants are available for training or certification provided by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), such as their Certified Economic Developer Program (CEcD); Idaho Economic Development Association; or other recognized economic development certification/educational organizations.

Grant requests may be submitted for an amount equal to 100 percent of the cost of the program, not to exceed $750. Grants will be made at the sole discretion of Idaho Power and are subject to the availability of funds. The application due date is March 15 for each calendar year and grant recipients will be notified on or around March 30.

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Additional Information

Expert practitioners are essential to the administration and fulfillment of a community’s economic development mission. Idaho Power is pleased to support organizational and professional development activities that assist in job creation, job retention, and business expansion and relocation. Provided they meet the criteria included in, and comply with, the Terms and Conditions, all nonprofit organizations engaged in economic development serving communities in Idaho Power’s service area are eligible to submit an application for grant funds.

Qualifying Coursework and Accreditation Activities

Grants are available for the coursework and/or accreditation set forth below. Other similar activities sponsored by like organizations may also be considered. Eligible expenses include fees for registration, materials and examinations. Travel, meals and lodging expenses are not eligible for reimbursement under this program. All coursework must be successfully completed to receive reimbursement, with submission of evidence of completion satisfactory to Idaho Power.

  • Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO) application and accreditation fees
  • Basic Development Courses Economic
  • Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) registration and examination
  • Marketing, Retention, Finance, Workforce Development and Strategic Planning Coursework
  • Idaho Economic Development Association training courses and conferences
  • International Economic Development Council coursework

Application Process

The applying organization or individual should submit a written application to their Idaho Power Community Relations Representative (CRR) by the March 15 application deadline. Requests for grant money may be up to the lesser of (a) 100 percent of the cost of the program and/or fee or (b) $750, and will be subject to the availability of funds. Acceptance of applications will be in Idaho Power’s sole discretion. After Idaho Power has selected the successful applicants, the CRRs will promptly advise applicants of Idaho Power’s decision regarding approval or non-approval of their application.
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Reimbursement Procedure

Upon successful completion of the approved course, a request for reimbursement accompanied by appropriate proofs of payment and completion may be made to:

David Thornton
Community and Customer Relations Coordinator
1221 West Idaho Street
Boise, ID 83702
CC: Your Idaho Power Community Relations Representative

All funds must be applied for in the calendar year the grant is approved.

Program Notes

All grants are subject to pre-approval and the availability of funds. All grants awarded under this program will be at Idaho Power’s sole discretion. Idaho Power reserves the right to limit the number of grants awarded to any one organization and to deny any application for any or no reason, in its discretion. The application and award are subject to the terms and conditions.

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