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 23, 2018. To apply please read the available grant opportunities and the eligibility criteria below, then scroll to the bottom of the page to click “Apply Now”.
Apply for a Grant
Grants at the Park County Community Foundation support a wide range of local organizations to make our county a better place to live, work and play.
Community Grants – Support for community projects or general operating support. (Up to $5,000) Applications are due on March 23 for decision in May.
Collaborative Grants – Support for two or more nonprofit organizations applying for a common-purpose program or project. (Up to $20,000) Applications are due on March 23 for decision in May.
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.
Multi-Year Community Grants (Pilot Program) – Up to three years of support for program or project development (Up to $30,000) Letters of Intent (Stage 1) are due on February 22; invited Stage 2 applications are due March 23 for decision in May.
The Community Foundation, on a pilot basis, is now offering the opportunity to apply for a Multi-Year Community Grant of up to three years of support. Multi-year grants will be made to support the evolution of an initiative (note: a multi-year grant is not intended to fund an existing program year after year); OR to support a necessary initial purchase that would allow the organization to better fulfill its mission. Multi-year grants will be paid out in annual installments, contingent upon receipt of satisfactory progress reports. Organizations are not eligible to apply for a community grant during the years of an awarded multi-year grant. However collaborative grant applications that include multi-year grant recipients will be accepted. In addition to the grant eligibility requirements below, organizations applying for multi-year grants must have been in existence for a minimum of three years, with its executive director serving in that position for a minimum of one year.
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; or have a fiscal sponsor that is a 501(c)(3) organization
- 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.
Preference is given to projects which:
- 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.
Note that we generally do not make grants to:
- Fundraising events
- Projects supporting religious organizations or for religious purposes
- Annual appeals and membership contributions
- Political or partisan organizations
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.
- If a request is the same as past years the statement of need for increased funding to expand a program should show clear justification and/or need for program expansion.
- Be specific and concise
Questions? Please contact Carly Burson at email@example.com or 406-224-3920.