NIC Foundation Grant Program

22 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 22nd 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.  

The 2015-16 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. 

The NIC Foundation has made available $1,153,959 in grant funding for 277 grants since the inception of the grant program in 1994.  This year, 23 grants were submitted totaling $105,125. The Foundation is pleased to fund the following 16 grants totaling $55,000: 

  • Health Professions and Nursing and Student Disability, Health and Counseling Services: Funding for “Mental Health First Aid for Higher Education (MHFA)". This training is designed to give employees and students the skills needed to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.
  • Office of Advanced Opportunities: Funding for the “Dual Credit Poster Project” that will provide students with information on how to enroll in dual credit courses at NIC. Posters will be placed in area high schools and each poster will feature a student from that high school.
  • Children’s Center: To fund the “Outdoor Fine Arts” project that will further enrich the Children’s Center outdoor environment with art easels and exploration tables.  The Center is partnering with Carpentry and Aerospace to build the easels and tables.
  • Math, Computer Science and Engineering: Funding for a 3D printer that will provide opportunities to foster imagination and engage students in real engineering challenges.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences: To fund the “Coeur d’Alene Tribal Early Childhood Education Cultural Sharing Project” to support and promote cultural diversity at the Children’s Center through curriculum and activities, including drumming and dancing demonstrations with the children.
  • Industrial Mechanics/Millwright. Funding for a “Hydraulic Trainer Accumulator” add-on module that has the capability of teaching basic hydraulic operation used in the industry today. This module has been properly tested and is safe for student use.  
  • Admissions Department and Communications & Marketing:  Funding for “NIC Webpage Translation” which will provide translation in six different languages on the NIC International Students and Intensive English Language webpages.  Admissions will be able to target specific international populations in marketing efforts and refer potential students to their respective languages for more information about the college.
  • Outdoor Pursuits:  To fund the “Outdoor Center Bike Lab” to outfit four work stations in a bicycle learning lab that replicates a modern bike shop.  The bike lab will also be home base for a pilot bike share program.
  • Trades and Industry, Welding Technology: Funding for a WELD VR welding simulator, which is a virtual reality welding simulator that enables users to master basic welding skills and learn proper technique in a safe, virtual environment.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences and Informational Technology: To purchase and install a SMART Board in the IVC Classroom to teach students effective technology integration strategies and how to implement SMART-Board technology in their teaching field experience.
  • Career Services: Funding to pilot a program entitled “Guided Pathways Leading to Retention and Student Success.” Guided Pathways is geared to determine whether career intervention with 100 first-year, undecided majors leads to greater retention and student success.  
  • English and Humanities: Funding for “NIC Initiative for Composition and Computer Literacy” that will provide students with access to laptops in the composition classroom. Computer literacy is crucial in helping students become proficient writers and addressing modern writing and communication tasks.
  • Student Services and Information Technology: Funding for the “Cardinal Card Scanner/ Student Tracking” tool that tracks students’ interactions with various offices on campus and provides the college with valuable data to optimize staffing to better assist students. 
  • Trades and Industry, Welding Technology: Funding for tooling dies for the hydraulic tube bender that will introduce new technology into the learning environment and benefit students with overall skills that are needed for employment. 
  • Physical Education Division and Instructional Technology: Funding for “Technology in the Fitness Classroom” that will provide the NIC community access to additional workout opportunities in the aerobic studio classroom through the use of LCD monitors and a DVD player.
  • Trades and Industry, Outdoor Power/Recreational Vehicle Technology: Funding for a booth at the Inland Northwest Motorcycle Show to provide exposure for NIC’s OPRV program as well as recruitment flyers to distribute at the show.