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High Stakes Foundation (HSF) Grants

Grants to Montana Nonprofits for Social Justice, Economic Development,
Leadership Development, and Climate Change Projects

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High Stakes Foundation (HSF)

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $30,000 to Montana nonprofit organizations that are working to promote social justice, strengthen the economy, combat climate change, and promote leadership development. The funding source typically provides grants for general operating support.

The Foundation supports talented and skilled leaders and their organizations who are focused on:

Climate Change:

- Creating climate change solutions in Montana
- Enhancing food security, and reduced water and energy consumption

Economic Development and Social Justice:

- Promoting a just, equitable, and sustainable society
- Creating a vibrant democracy – with an informed, involved citizenry
- Expand opportunity by increasing entrepreneurship
- Economic development to create living wage jobs for Montanans


- Developing and encouraging leadership for the next generation of Montana Leaders.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178931

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant dollars will generally range from $1,000 to $30,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be an organization described in section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Activities supported by grants and program-related investments must be charitable, educational or scientific, as defined under the appropriate provisions of the USA Internal Revenue Code and Treasury Regulations or fit the requirements for program related investments according to the IRS. The foundation monitors grants through regular financial and narrative reports submitted by the grantee. All grantees will enter a grant agreement with HSF.

HSF does not fund:

- Projects initiated or mandated by any order of government
- Political lobbying
- General social service organizations
- Litigation
- Capital campaigns
- Research studies including species and habitat studies even if they fall within our climate change penumbra
- Religious organizations
- Hospitals or medical clinics


- If you have received previous grants from High Stakes Foundation, the Foundation may ask that you take a year off from time to time to demonstrate your organization’s financial stability.
- No grant award shall exceed 10% of an organization’s total budget.

Pre-Application Information:

Focus Areas:

Application Process:

Applicants must first submit a Letter of Inquiry. The Foundation may invite a full proposal or simply proceed with a site visit. The Foundation site visits all applicants who have made it through the initial screening procedures. Please do not submit a full proposal with your application.

Grant Application Deadlines for 2018 are April 1, 2018 and September 1, 2018. Except for projects of an extremely urgent nature (and please contact the Foundation if you feel like you are in this category), the Foundation does not accept mid-cycle applications or late applications.

Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to download the LOI.

If you have any questions in advance of applying, please contact the Grant Administrator Megan Robson (see Contact Information section below).

Please Note: If you have a project that needs greater funding than the typical funding range and it will not exceed 10% of your budget, you are encouraged to contact Foundation staff.

Contact Information:

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

For questions and further information contact:

Megan Robson, Grant Administrator

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Montana