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Lincoln County Community Foundation

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Mission

The Lincoln County Community Foundation’s dual mission is to enhance community vitality and endowed philanthropy. We are committed to using the resources entrusted to us for funding the highest quality projects throughout Lincoln County. We also aim to be a catalyst, providing a needed injection of funds to help nonprofit organizations explore or undertake new work to do more effectively what they are already doing.

The Lincoln County Community Foundation seeks projects that have both a tangible impact on our communities and strengthens their capacity to address the future.

History

Lincoln County Community Foundation was established in December 1995 with a $5,000 gift by Plum Creek Timber Company with the intent of attracting endowment gifts for Lincoln County. This “savings account” will help provide for the future needs of our communities by reinforcing local determination, meeting changing needs, and paying dividends in perpetuity to address community priorities. Only the earning on the “savings account” are available to be spent. The earning will be used to fund a wide variety of projects through specific grants.

Through a series of funding raising events and publicity, the endowment fund principal has grown and now allows in excess of $9,000 per year to grant. The LCCF has been able to give grants approaching $200,000 to qualified projects in Lincoln County since 2000, when granting began.

Board

  • Paula Darko-Hensler, Chairperson
  • James Seifert,  Secretary-Treasurer
  • Linda Gerard
  • Allison Lundin
  • Marvin Sather
  • Bernard “Bernie” Cassidy

Good Works

Grant Awards 2000-2010

2000

  • Libby Area Chamber of Commerce – $500 – Lighting for eagle
  • Libby Nordicfest, Inc. – $500 – Outdoor tent
  • Can Am Search & Rescue – Eureka – $700 – Flatbed equipment trailer
  • Tobacco Valley Youth Baseball – Eureka – $250 – Concession stand and seating
  • Troy Senior Citizens – $1,000 – Community development block grant matching funds

2001

  • Libby Youth Baseball/Softball – $1,000 – Batting cage
  • FVCC-LCC – $600 – Sign on Hwy 2
  • Eagles 4-H Club – $1,000 – Horse pens at J Neils Park 

2002

  • St John’s Lutheran Hospital – $799 – Birthing room dresser

2003

  • Troy Fine Arts Council – $600 – New Old Time Chautauqua Event
  • Kootenai Pets for Life – $500 – Fiberglass caging
  • Kootenai Cross Country Ski Club – $500 – Propane trail lights

2004

  • Kootenai Pets for Life – $1,000 – On–going fundraising
  • Kootenai Heritage Council/Memorial Center – $1,000 – Supplies for kitchen
  • Troy Museum – $750 – Sign
  • Libby Food Pantry – $750 – Food supplies
  • Libby Revitalization – $1,000 – Streetscape plan
  • St John’s Lutheran Hospital – $1,500 – Carbon dioxide monitor

2005

  • St John’s Lutheran Hospital – $1,500 – Recovery recliner
  • Western Montana Community Health Center – $1,000 – Office equipment
  • Libby Swimming Pool Committee – $1,000 – Pool promotion

2006

  • Libby Tree Board – $2,000 – Tree planning project for Tree City USA
  • Lincoln County Family Planning – $1,000 – File storage
  • Lincoln County Transportation Board – $1,000 – Set up of county wide bus service
  • Libby Elementary School Parent Council – $500 – Pea gravel for playground
  • Libby Fine Arts, Inc. – $500 – Guest artist for workshop
  • Lincoln County Youth Soccer Association – $500 – New sod for soccer field
  • Kootenai Pets for Life – $1,000 – Permanent building fund
  • Kootenai River Network, Inc. – $500 – Signage at Kootenai Falls
  • Troy Fine Arts Council – $750 – Dallas Brass concert

2007

  • Kootenai Pets for Life – $1,000 – Permanent building fund
  • Troy Museum – $1,300 – Lawn Maintenance
  • CARD Clinic – $750 – Centrifuge machine
  • Kootenai Heritage Council/Memorial Center – $1,500 – Commercial refrigerator
  • Achievements – $1,000 – Vending machine business (contingent upon additional funding)
  • Lincoln County Transportation Service – $1,000 – Office equipment

2008

  • Cabinet View Volunteer Fire Department – $500 – Water to station house for bathroom
  • Troy Museum – $750 – Lawn maintenance
  • Kootenai ROCKS Climbing Wall Club – $1,000 – Climbing wall
  • Troy Fine Arts Council – $1,000 – Bluegrass festival
  • Lincoln County Libraries – $750 – Yaak book drop/cart
  • Libby Tree City USA – $1,000 – Tree planting
  • Libby Youth Baseball/Softball – $750 – Bench safety
  • Libby Revitalization, Inc. – $1,000 – Bollard lighting for sidewalk at Fred Brown Pavilion
  • U Serve Libby, Inc. – $1,000 – Tennis count surface
  • Lincoln County Crisis Solutions – $750 – Removal of condemned building
  • Lincoln County Youth Soccer Association – $750 – Permanent soccer goals
  • Kootenai Pets for Life – $1,000 – Matching funds opportunity

2009

  • Kootenai Pets for Life – $1,000 – Fencing
  • Troy Museum – $1,000 – Lawn Maintenance
  • Troy Fine Arts Council – $1,500 – Bluegrass festival
  • Overcomers’ Recovery – $500 – Class materials

2010

  • Libby Dam Coop Association, Inc. – $1,500 – ADA dock/fishing safety
  • City of Libby – $1,500 – Fireman’s Park playground equipment
  • Kootenai Pets for Life – $500 – Spay & Neuter clinic supplies
  • Riverfront Blues Festival – $900 – Permanent stage lighting
  • Kootenai Cross Country Ski Club, Inc. – $875 – Cross country ski equipment
  • Libby Volunteer Fire Department – $1,000 – Bronze volunteer statue
  • U Serve Tennis – $1,000 – Tennis court surface
  • Libby Youth Soccer Association – $1,500 – Permanent soccer goal
  • Troy Museum – $1,000 – Lawn maintenance

How To Give

Contributions can be mailed to:

Lincoln County Community Foundation
P.O. Box 490
Libby, MT 59923

Or contribute online

How To Receive

To be considered for a grant, a program or project must be a 501 (c)(3) organization, exempt governmental unit or an organization conducting the project for a recognized charitable purpose, enhance community vitality or endowed philanthropy, serve the people of south Lincoln County and not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, age or national origin when employing staff or providing services.

Organizations seeking grants should submit and complete a grant application postmarked by the given deadline. Faxed, emailed or incomplete applications are not eligible. The 2019 grant cycle is now open – August 1 to August 31, 2019. Make sure to post your completed application by August 31, 2019 to be considered for a grant this season. For the 2019 grant cycle, there is approximately $9,000 available. Click here for a copy of the grant application and guidelines.


Montana Community Foundation

33 S. Last Chance Gulch, Suite 2A
Helena, MT 59601
(406) 443-8313 (406) 443-8313
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