The Impact Idaho Fund will attract and mobilize mission-driven capital for innovative projects advancing community resilience in Central and Southern Idaho.  image

The Impact Idaho Fund will attract and mobilize mission-driven capital for innovative projects advancing community resilience in Central and Southern Idaho.

Investments will target the buildout of regenerative, renewable and sustainable practices related to food and farm, land, water and energy use.

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We welcome both charitable donations and recoverable grants to the Impact Idaho Fund. Please reach out to brooke@sunvalleyinstitute.org for more information on recoverable grants.

Donations can also be made through check or wire. Please mail checks to:

Sun Valley Institute for Resilience

PO Box 5569

Ketchum, ID 83340

Please email annie@sunvalleyinstitute.org for more information on wire donations.

Fund objectives were designed in alignment with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) No. 2 (Zero Hunger) and No. 11 (Sustainable Communities).

Our Guiding Principles

  • Activate capital to address gaps in regional food systems while prioritizing natural resource regeneration, considering land, water, and energy use.
  • Enhance food security by funding diversified farm operations that strengthen the regional supply chain, create more reliable access to locally grown, nutrient-dense food, and provide new revenue streams for land stewards.
  • Demonstrate replicable business and investment models that can be scaled or more widely adopted to promote local, regional, and state-wide resilience.

Our Strategic Role

  • We have strong relationships with local farmers and deep knowledge in the local and regional food system built through our Food & Farm program, the Local Food Alliance. We are deeply familiar with local investing and able to provide the technical assistance required to prepare borrowers for financing.

Impact Idaho Fund Pilot Farms

  • Itty Bitty Farms Project Overview: Itty Bitty Farms is planning to purchase two caterpillar tunnels with over-head irrigation systems to increase its growing space by 800 square feet and extend its growing season by 2-4 months, resulting in approximately 10,000 additional pounds of produce grown per season. The investment will also fund weed management tools, which will enable more efficient growing operations, and a cold storage unit for the on-farm retail store.
  • Lookout Farm Project Overview: To date, Lookout Farm has transitioned 2 of its 14 acres from hay to vegetable production. The investment will be used to design and execute an improved hay-to-vegetable transition process for an additional 2 acres. As a result, Lookout will be able to cultivate 4 of its 14 acres for human consumption. The investment will fund the capital expenses needed to execute the transition.
  • Harmony Hens Project Overview: Harmony Hens is planning to diversify and expand its operations to include pasture-raised meat birds. The investment will be used to build a USDA-inspected processing facility and FDA-approved commercial kitchen and to purchase and install complementary equipment (e.g., poultry schooners, cold storage). Unused capacity will be rented to other local farmers and food producers.

The Sun Valley Institute is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization.