Grant Application

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.