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Community Grants Program

Grants to Southern Montana Nonprofits for Early
Childhood and Youth Development Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation - Mountain Sky Guest Ranch Fund (MSGRF)

Deadline Date:

02/01/18 5:00 PM


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Grants to Montana nonprofits in Park and Gallatin Counties for early childhood and youth development programs. Funding is intended to encourage youth to experience outdoor adventures and foster environmental education. Priority will be given to programs that serve the region's rural areas.

The Fund considers secular programs and focuses on programs that function during out-of-school time. A limited number of in-school programs are considered, provided they involve teacher and administration training.

Youth Empowerment and Development
The Fund seeks creative nonprofit efforts to improve youth development and nurture young leaders. The Fund is especially interested in programs that empower youth and cultivate young stewards of land and wildlife through education, challenges of physical activity, wilderness experiences and outdoor adventure; this includes programs that introduce youth and their families to area natural resources. Proposals that incorporate service-learning projects for youth will receive more consideration.

Early Childhood Development
The Fund will award grants to organizations providing children, birth to five, with quality opportunities that will prepare them for successful lifelong development.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177024

Term of Contract:

The Fund traditionally makes grants for a period of one year. The Mountain Sky staff will consider funding for additional years based on demonstrated growth.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Organizations must be classified as 501(c)(3) by the IRS.
- Programs must provide enhancement to (not replace) public support.
- All programs must be secular in nature and adhere to a nondiscriminatory policy.
- Projects/programs must fall within the Youth Development or Early Childhood Development focus areas
- Organizations must demonstrate that they have fostered creative community cooperation and collaboration.

The Fund does not provide funding for events, individuals, government agencies, municipalities, parochial/private schools or therapeutic programs.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals must be submitted by 5:00 PM Thursday, February 1, 2018. You will receive notification regarding the status of your application by March 1, 2018.

Organizations may apply once per calendar year. The Mountain Sky staff will consider funding for additional years based on demonstrated growth in three areas: new and diversified funding sources; increased impact on the community; and innovative leadership in collaborations.


Contact Information:

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

Apply online:
Invitation code: MSGRF

For questions, contact:
Tawnya Rupe
(406) 570-2125

Mountain Sky Guest Ranch Fund
P.O. Box 1219
Emigrant, MT 59027

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Montana: Park or Gallatin Counties