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Put Generosity to Work: Apply for a Grant

Are you a Montana nonprofit interested in putting generosity to work in our communities? The Montana Community Foundation offers a number of competitive grant opportunities for qualified organizations.

If you are interested in learning more about grant availability, requirements and the application process, please follow the links below or contact Director of Operations & Grants Jessica Stewart-Kuntz for more information. We can also help provide information about grants your organization may be eligible for offered through one of our many charitable funds.

Montana Wildfire Relief Fund Grant (First Cycle)

This fund originated as a partnership between MCF and the Montana Television Network. Launched in early September 2017, the fund has grown to nearly $450,000 (as of October 12, 2017) through the extraordinary generosity of individuals, businesses, private foundations, and many others across the country. Read our Frequently Asked Questions document. If it does not appear you are eligible for a grant, there are many other funding resources available. The Montana Department of Health and Human Services has a list of organizations taking donations, many of which are also making grants. The Montana Department of Commerce and many local chambers of commerce are providing relief grants for businesses affected by the wildfires. 

First Grant Cycle:

Applicants must be either a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, an exempt governmental unit or, if neither, provide a fiscal sponsorship agreement with an organization who is a 501(c)(3) or exempt governmental unit. Grants will be between $5,000 and $15,000. Only one application is allowed per organization. 

Successful grantees will have the following characteristics: 
   • Preference will be given to rural, volunteer fire departments or other organizations representing first response to fighting wildfires in Montana in 2017.
   • Provide a direct benefit to Montana residents.
   • Do not support projects, programs, or activities that are partisan or sectarian.

Grant requests are reviewed by a grants committee comprised of MCF staff and board members, nominated members of Montana communities affected by wildfires, fund partners, and wildfire experts from government agencies and other qualified organizations. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Grant applications will be accepted Oct. 9 through Nov. 10, 2017.

Second Grant Cycle:

Applicants must be either a charitable organization (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit), an exempt governmental unit or, if neither, provide a fiscal sponsorship agreement with an organization who is a 501(c)(3) or exempt governmental unit. Grants will be up to $15,000. Only one application is allowed per organization. 

Successful grantees will have the following characteristics: 
   • Preference will be given to organizations that provide(d) direct relief to individuals affected by the wildfires in Montana in 2017.
   • Provide a direct benefit to Montana residents.
   • Do not support projects, programs, or activities that are partisan or sectarian.

Grant requests are reviewed by a grants committee comprised of MCF staff and board members, nominated members of Montana communities affected by wildfires, fund partners, and wildfire experts from government agencies and other qualified organizations. Incomplete applications will not be considered. This cycle is scheduled to run November 11 through December 11, 2017.



*Montana Community Foundation follows an equal opportunity grant policy and makes grants without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, pregnancy, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status. 

Montana Community Foundation

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

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