Grant Application

2018 Annual Community Grants

The Park County Community Foundation will begin accepting grant applications on February 1, 2018, all applications for 2018 will be due on March 15, 2018. Updated information regarding 2018 grant eligibility and opportunities will be available soon.

2017 Annual Community Grants Eligibility:
The Annual Grants Committee will review each competitive application from an individual nonprofit or community organization on its merits as conveyed in the application. Applicants must be:

  • a qualified 501(c)(3) organization;
  • have a fiscal sponsor that is a 501(c)(3) organization;
  • be a public entity located in Park County or with projects and programs in Park County, Montana.

Proposed projects should be for the benefit of Park County residents. Grants typically range from $500 to $5,000.

Collaborative Grant Applications for 2017:
The collaborative grant program also is a competitive process. A collaborative grant of up to $20,000 is available for two or more nonprofit organizations applying for a common-purpose program or project objectives. Grants will be considered in three target areas: (1) senior-citizen concerns, (2) domestic violence education and prevention, and (3) early childhood/youth well-being.

Applications for both individual agency and collaborative grants are due April 30, 2017

Note that we generally do not make grants to:

  • Individuals
  • Fundraising events
  • Projects supporting religious organizations or for religious purposes
  • Annual appeals and membership contributions
  • Political or partisan organizations
  • Endowments

We give priority to programs that:

  • Create and improve quality services and programs for vulnerable and underserved populations;
  • Develop or test/evaluate new, creative community solutions;
  • Promote problem-solving that supports partnerships, collaboration or integration of service.

Suggestions to improve your application:

  • Applications clearly expressing a “need” in Park County receive higher consideration than those conveying a “want.” Description of the “need” is best supported by local data rather than national.
  • Some requests are the same requests that have been funded year-after-year. A statement of need for increased funding to expand a program should show clear justification and/or need for program expansion.
  • Specificity regarding how the grant request fits
  • your overall budget and directly impacts residents of Park County is important information for the Annual Grants Committee. Specific information presented receives higher consideration than minimal information.