Application and Grant Review Process

Complete and submit an online application 

If you have never received a grant from us before, please contact us for a consultation and login code. If you have previously received a grant from the foundation and don’t remember your login – contact us.

While filling out an application, you can save it as a draft at anytime and return to it later. Once submitted, the application cannot be edited without contacting us.

 Application Received

When you submit your application, we will review it to confirm all the required information has been completed. If any additional information is needed, we will contact you.

 Application Reviewed

Applications are considered quarterly at board of trustees meetings. We may contact you prior to the meeting to obtain specific information deemed necessary to make an informed decision.


Most applications are decided upon during the board meeting where they are initially reviewed. In some cases, more information is needed to make a decision. Either way, you can expect a response to your application within eight weeks of the submittal due date. We respond to each application regardless of the decision.


All approved requests must reapply each year for funding. We do not automatically renew grants.

support for the arts
support for the arts

Eligibility Criteria

Tax status:  We only fund work done by organizations ruled to have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Geographic location:  In most cases, our funding is limited to organizations in Montana.  We will occasionally provide funding to organizations that operate nationally, when their work aligns with our focus areas and impacts the nation as a whole.  We rarely fund work overseas unless we have a personal connection with the group doing the work.

Funding amounts:  We do not generally fund projects where we are the sole providers of funding, nor do we like to account for more than 50% of the budget for a project (and in most cases, less).  In addition, we prefer to start with smaller amounts for organizations that we have not worked with in the past.

Focus areas: We limit our funding to work that falls within one of our focus areas:

If your project aligns with our criteria, press the button below:

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