Horizons was designed to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable prosperity in small rural and reservation communities. It was funded by the Northwest Area Foundation, based in Minnesota. Over 300 communities across seven states participated in Horizons between 2003 and 2011.

University of Idaho Extension brought Horizons to 49 communities across the state (8 clusters and 25 individual towns). Idaho Horizons communities range in size from 226 to 4,900 residents and have poverty rates from 11-30%. A steering committee made up of local volunteers in each community leads the program, guided by a coach hired by the University of Idaho.

The Northwest Area Foundation discontinued funding for the Horizons program in summer 2011 as a result of their new strategic plan. For evaluation reports about the Horizons Program 2003-2010, please click here. For a final evaluation report published October 2013, click here.


The University of Idaho is committed to our Horizons communities as they work to build economic prosperity. As part of this commitment to Idaho's communities, President M. Duane Nellis announced the Office of Community Partnerships in April 2011. The Office of Community Partnerships will continue to help build a vibrant Idaho by linking communities with university resources through a combination of community-based student projects (internships, volunteerism, service-learning), applied research and evaluation, and by partnering on grant proposals.


For more information please visit the
Office of Community Partnerships website.