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Billings Community Foundation (BCF) Grant

Grants to Montana Nonprofits and Agencies for Capacity
Building and Collaborative Community Programs

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Billings Community Foundation (BCF)

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Grants of up to $5,000 to Montana nonprofit organizations, government entities, and religious organizations in eligible areas to benefit communities. Funding is intended to support nonprofit capacity building, community programs, and collaborative projects. Programs must benefit residents of the Greater Yellowstone Region, including Yellowstone, Musselshell, Rosebud, Custer, Treasure, Bighorn, Carbon, Stillwater, and Fergus counties.

The Foundation has identified the following priorities:

Community and Regional Impact Grants – Support for organizations providing programs that respond to needs in the community.

Capacity Building for Nonprofit Organizations – Support for organizations that are actively striving to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their work by investing in core operations.

This capacity building grant is intended to strengthen and support the local community of nonprofit organizations in securing the assistance necessary to enhance organizational capacity, improve functions, and develop leaders.

The following activities will be supported:

  • Leadership Development
  • Board Training
  • Strategic Planning
  • Program Evaluation

Collaborative Grants – Support for two or more nonprofit organizations working in unison on a common-purpose program or project.

This collaborative grant is intended to encourage collaboration between nonprofits with similar goals and programming to combine resources and maximize impact.

Endowment Challenge Grants - Obert Undem Community Vitality Endowment Fund – A matching grant initiative designed to build nonprofit capacity and sustainability through establishing or growing endowments at the Billings Community Foundation.

This Endowment Building Grant is intended to increase or establish the permanent endowments of regional nonprofits, creating long-term stability and capturing locally-created wealth for future generations.

Donor Advised Funds and Specific Purpose Endowments

The Billings Community Foundation administers several Donor-Advised Funds and Endowments that provide funding for specific types of projects. The Foundation assists these funders by inviting them to review grant requests that potentially meet their funding criteria and project interests.

These funders occasionally provide grants for projects supporting the following causes:

  • Education
  • Human Needs
  • Arts and Culture
  • Animal Welfare
  • Natural and Environmental Resources
  • Economic Development
  • City of Billings Bricks & Mortar

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 135683

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will range from $2,500 to $5,000.
- Community and Regional Impact Grants: up to $5,000
- Capacity Building for Nonprofit Organizations: up to $5,000
- Collaborative Grants: up to $5,000
- Endowment Challenge Grants: up to $3,000

Term of Contract:

Grant funds must be expended within one year of the award date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are for 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations in Yellowstone, Musselshell, Rosebud, Custer, Treasure, Bighorn, Carbon, Stillwater, and Fergus counties. Government entities and religious organizations defined by the IRS in Section 170(c)1 or 170(b)1A are also eligible. All other organizations are required to have a 501c3 fiscal sponsor prior to submitting a grant request.

Applicants must have had their IRS designation for at least three years and be currently governed by a board of directors with a minimum of five members.

An organization may submit only one application per grant cycle. For exceptions and limitations, see:

Organizations may submit grant applications every year. However, the Billings Community Foundation will not grant to an organization that has been awarded the previous three consecutive years.

The following grant requests are ineligible for funding:
- Individuals, including tuition, scholarships or core operating expenses for public schools, charter schools, private schools, or universities and colleges
- Political and Lobbying activities
- Debt retirement or budget deficits
- Annual campaigns, fundraising campaigns or events
- Religious organizations for religious activities, outreach, or other purpose
- Purchases or activities that occur prior to grant decisions
- Large capital projects with unknown completion dates
- Capital and expendable expenses such as technology, office supplies, etc.
- Projects deemed controversial or from organizations with pending claims or litigation

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Cycle Schedule:
- June 1 – June 28: Applications open
- July 1 – July 31: Grant Committee Evaluation
- August 1 – August 31: Donor Advised Fund and Endowment Selections
- September 1 – September 30: Grant Recipient Notification & Public Announcement
- October 2020: Grant Awards Dinner

For Endowment Challenge Grants: Grant recipients will be awarded on September 18th and have until the end of the year to raised matching funds to earn the grant on a 1:2 basis.

Community and Regional Impact Grants:

Capacity Building Grants:

Collaborative Grants:

Endowment Challenge Grants:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: ​​​Applications will be open June 1st.

For questions, please contact Lauren Wright, the Executive Director of the Billings
Community Foundation at 406-839-3334 or

Billings Community Foundation
100 N 27th Street, Suite 303
Billings, MT 59101

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