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Powell County Community Foundation

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Mission

The mission of the Powell County Foundation is to develop a long-term funding source, by building our endowment and bringing in other funds, to assist local nonprofits as they carry out their missions and respond to new challenges.

History

The PCF was established in 1999 to provide nonprofit organizations in our county with a long-term funding source, securing and building endowments for the betterment of an area with limited financial resources and many needs.

From 2000 through 2008, we have awarded 82 grants totaling more than $70,000 to 38 area nonprofits. 

Board

  • Kirk Sandquist, President
  • Cheryl Rosling, Vice President
  • Steve Owens, Secretary
  • Claudia Dippold
  • MaryAnn Fraley

Good Works

We’re happy that we were able to bring money in from outside the county to re-grant while we were building our endowment to the point we could start making grants from our earnings. We have been able to assist a wide variety of organizations across the county and make a real difference to some of them.

Since 2000 grants have been awarded to the following organizations from the sources listed:

Montana Community Foundation - ARCO Regional Fund

  • 2001 - Powell County Literacy Program - $250
  • Powell County Red Cross - $150
  • 2005 - Powell County Ambulance - $428

Steele-Reese Foundation Grants for Rural Projects

  • 2002 - Avon Quick Response Unit - $750
  • Race Track Fire Hall - $250
  • 2003 - Hospice of Powell County - $400
  • Deer Lodge Food Pantry - $300
  • Wm. K. Kohrs Memorial Library - $500
  • Avon Volunteer Fire Department - $550
  • 2004 - Deer Lodge Art Club - $250
  • Lifelines Program (Safe Sitter Training) - $450
  • Elliston EMS - $606.25
  • 2005 - Helmville Quick Response Unit - $675
  • Elliston School Playground - $600
  • Powell County Ambulance - $30

Montana Community Foundation - Discretionary Funds

  • 2000 - Powell County Senior Citizens - $650
  • 2001 - Deer Lodge Art Club - $400
  • Helmville School - $250
  • Deer Lodge Food Pantry - $200
  • 2002 - Deer Lodge School District #1 Playground - $400
  • Pregnancy Help Center - $400
  • 2003-2004 – Elliston Fire Department - $500
  • Powell County Sheriff’s Office Rescue Dog - $600
  • Wm. K. Kohrs Memorial Library - $500
  • Deer Lodge Historic Preservation Commission - $100
  • 2005 - Lifelines Project - $500
  • Ovando Historical and Arts Society Museum - $533
  • Powell County Literacy Program - $175
  • Powell County Ambulance - $42

Montana Community Foundation "Challenge Grant" Awards

  • 2005 - Garrison Volunteer Fire Department - $1,000
  • Pregnancy Help Center - $250
  • 2006 - Powell County High School stationary rehab bike - $300
  • Deer Lodge Volunteer Fire Department - $500
  • Garrison Volunteer Fire Department - $1,700

Montana Community Foundation Renaissance Fund

  • 2004 - Deer Lodge American Legion Baseball - $1,250
  • Elliston EMS - $600
  • Powell County Sheriff’s Office Rescue Dog - $650

Roy Simperman Grants

  • 2002 - Hospice of Powell County - $300
  • Powell County Senior Citizens - $400
  • William K. Kohrs Memorial Library - $300
  • Pregnancy Help Center - $350
  • Avon Quick Response Unit - $400
  • Lifelines After-school Program - $400
  • Powell County Victim’s Assistance - $350
  • 2003 - Powell County Literacy Program - $1,000
  • Deer Lodge Woman’s Club - $800
  • Powell County Senior Citizens - $700
  • Avon Volunteer Fire Department - $500
  • Rialto Community Theatre - $500
  • William K. Kohrs Memorial Library - $1,000
  • Pregnancy Help Center - $500

Simperman-Corette Foundation Grants

  • 2004 - Hospice of Powell County - $1,000
  • Deer Lodge Food Pantry - $1,000
  • Pregnancy Help Center - $1,000
  • Powell County Victim’s Assistance - $500
  • Powell County Literacy Program - $1,000
  • Powell County Senior Citizen’s Center - $500
  • 2005 - Deer Lodge Food Pantry - $1,000
  • Avon Quick Response Unit - $500
  • Hospice of Powell County - $500
  • Lifelines Program - $500
  • Pregnancy Help Center - $500
  • Avon Volunteer Fire Department - $500
  • Powell County Literacy Program - $500
  • William K. Kohrs Memorial Library - $1,000
  • 2006 - Last Chance 4-H, Elliston - $1,200
  • Anaconda PCA Family Resource Center (Parenting classes) - $250
  • Deer Lodge Volunteer Fire Department - $1,500
  • Otter Aquatics - $1,000
  • Highlands Hospice of Powell County - $1,000
  • Lifelines Program (mentoring) - $500
  • Powell County Literacy Program - $450
  • Rialto Community Theatre - $1,300
  • Powell County Medical Center Health Fair - $300

Powell County Foundation - Grants from Endowment Earnings

  • 2006 - Big Sky Draft Horse Expo Community Entry Sign - $300

How To Give

The Powell County Foundation has a Permanent Endowment, which holds over $90,000. The principal will remain intact forever, and the earnings will be used by the local board for grants to nonprofits around Powell County.

One role of the Powell County Foundation is to bring grant funds from other sources into the area to supplement local efforts, grants which would not have been possible otherwise. We are especially grateful to the Montana Community Foundation and the Simperman-Corette Foundation for their support.

Individuals can support our endowment-building efforts by sending donations to the Powell County Foundation or to the Montana Community Foundation, PO Box 1145, Helena, MT 59624 to benefit the Powell County Foundation. 

Or contribute online

How To Receive

Grants are awarded to 501(c) 3 organizations, schools and government agencies in the broad areas of education, culture, community services, recreation and economic development. Our annual grant making totals about $10,000. Most grants are for $500-$1,500, after review of the applications by the local board. We have one or two granting cycles annually, with deadlines and information publicized in all local media.

For information about how to apply, contact Steve Owens at 406-846-3413 or Sowens48@hotmail.com.

Montana Community Foundation

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