The foundation focuses on: 1) Rural Education, particularly early childhood to Grade 12 education programming. Examples include funding for supplemental programs in early childhood education settings; elementary, middle, and high school programs that improve outcomes for students; support of literacy programs and out-of-school-time services; and charter schools and other model school programs that provide quality educational options for students and families. The foundation also provides assistance to small public libraries, and supports a small college scholarship program for graduates of high schools in Lemhi and Custer Counties, ID. The Foundation is primarily interested in education projects that demonstrate a comprehensive level of engagement with participants that result in clear and measurable outcomes. 2) Rural Human/Social Services including programs for low-income and under-represented populations, including elders, homeless individuals, people living with disabilities, young children, disadvantaged or disconnected older youth, young people or adults involved in the criminal justice system, survivors of abuse or domestic violence, local fire-protection services, parks and other civic improvements, and local food banks. 3) Rural Conservation and Preservation including land, wildlife, and historic preservation and restoration projects; ecosystem protection programs; and water projects. All conservation or environmental programs must be locally focused. National organizations are eligible for support only if all Steele-Reese funds will be employed directly in projects located in the geographical areas served by the Foundation and if the coordinating entity can demonstrate substantial connections to the people and organizations in these areas. 4) Rural Health including services in preventive health programs; medical clinics; small hospitals; EMS and ambulance units; family-planning programs, and hospices. 5) Rural Arts and Humanities including local visual arts programs, music and performance arts, and the broader support of creative arts activities and efforts to maintain the rich histories of the foundation’s funding geographies.