Montana Grant Resources

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Montana’s Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park is well known to hikers and spelunking experts nationwide as the location of the most dramatically intricate limestone caverns in the Northwest. Tours are offered almost year-round.

What’s similar to exploring a limestone cave for treasures of spectacular beauty? Exploring the world of philanthropy for grants to support your nonprofit organization! When you’re underground, it sure helps to have a very bright light to find your way. When you’re above ground in the labyrinthine world of many funders, The Grantsmanship Training Program is the very bright light you’ll need.

The Grantsmanship Training Program is a fast-paced and inspiring 5-day workshop, packed with the skills-training and guidance you need to make your grant proposals shine and rise high above the rest.

But that’s not all! While finding the funders in your state and community is critically important, we help you go further by learning which funders to approach and then how to connect with them. This combination of high-caliber training and deep-down insights frequently makes the difference between getting funded or having your proposal left in the dark.

Here are three more steps for preparing outstanding proposals!

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Known officially as Big Sky Country, Montana is also Big Heart Country, where neighbors in every city and county get together to help one another through difficult challenges and take advantage of wonderful opportunities, especially for students. The creation of its network of community foundations has been a central pillar of these efforts. Click on the links below to learn more, and to learn how to approach these foundations and other groups for funding and other support.

Based in Helena, The Montana Community Foundation is a major, statewide resource for donors, potential donors and other community foundations, as well as for schools and nonprofit organizations. In partnership with its fellow regional foundations and donors, CFM has awarded more than $30 million in grants to worthy nonprofit recipients in just the past ten years.

The Whitefish Community Foundation is dedicated to providing support to schools and nonprofit organizations serving the critical needs of its local community. The Flathead Community Foundation in Kalispell, Billings Community FoundationGreater Polson Community Foundation and Missoula Community Foundation provide similar support in their areas. Several of these community foundations also provide vital training for nonprofit Board members, CEOs, accountants, fund developers, managers and supervisors.

In addition to community foundations, there are major corporations and individual donors making a big difference in the lives on Montanans through their philanthropy. The Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation, based in Missoula, contributed more than $31 million in 2016 to groups within their main interest areas throughout the state, which include Education, Health & Human Services, Arts & Culture, and Community Service.

Montana Healthcare Foundation (MHF), based in Great Falls, is one of the newest public foundations, created in 2013 as a result of the sale of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana. MHF’s mission is to “improve the health and well-being of all Montanans. MHCF contributes to a healthier state by making strategic investments that support access to quality and affordable health services, conducting evidence-driven research and analysis, and addressing the upstream influences on health and illness.”

The following are additional links for Montana grantseekers. Please let us know about others we might have missed so that this resource gets better and better. Thanks!


Government Offices:

Montana State Senator Jon Tester

(406) 449-5401 – Helena Office      (202) 224-2644 – Washington, DC Office

Montana State Senator Steve Daines

(406) 443-3189 – Helena Office      (202) 224-2651 – Washington, DC Office

Montana Governor Steve Bullock

(855) 318-1330 – Helena, Toll-Free

Governor's Office of Community Service

Montana Department of Justice - Office for Consumer Protection - For Nonprofits

Montana Department of Revenue

Montana Secretary of State - Domestic Nonprofit Corporations


Looking for regional and other statewide elected officials? Click on Find Your Representative here.


Other Helpful Organizations:

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Montana Chapter works to promote high ethical standards in the fundraising profession plus provide a network of support through educational opportunities, networking events and mentoring in most cities within the state, including Bozeman, Billings, Kalispell and Missoula.

Montana Nonprofit Association provides leadership for Montana's nonprofit sector statewide and partners with charitable nonprofits to promote a sustainable, networked, and influential sector.

Big Sky Institute for the Advancement of Nonprofits is a nonprofit research and leadership development organization serving Montana and neighboring states. Nonprofit organizations and communities in these very rural states face uniquely difficult obstacles because of their low population densities, challenged economies, and limited philanthropic and nonprofit sector resources. To help overcome these barriers, BSI develops organizational support systems for both the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.

Hopa Mountain is committed to investing in rural and tribal citizen leaders as they improve aspects of their community, working primarily in the areas of early childhood education, informal science education, service-learning, ecological and human health, and nonprofit development.

Humanities Montana is an independent nonprofit organization that provides grants and programs on history, literature, Native American cultures, and more all over the state of Montana.

Montana Shares is a partnership of Montana-based nonprofit groups devoted to improving the quality of life in the communities throughout the state through networking, training, technical assistance, and fundraising support.

Philanthropy Northwest - Philanthropy Northwest is committed to helping community foundations in a six-state area succeed in their work through workshops, events, publications and networking opportunities. These resources help community foundation staff and trustees stay connected to the issues that affect their communities.

State Bar of Montana - Nonprofit Law Section

Volunteer Missoula is a website for nonprofits to list and describe volunteer opportunities available at their organizations. Community members can then head to the website and find volunteer opportunities that suit them and their skill set.

United Way in Montana provides ten local offices in cities around the state dedicated to improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities.

Western Montana Fundraisers Association

Serve Montana (part of the Governor's Office of Community Service) encourages citizens of all ages and backgrounds to engage in service. They have also has included us, among many other great organizations, in a Training and Technical Assistance Directory of trainers and consultants who are peer recommended, and have demonstrated support for the state service commission network, nonprofit organizations, and AmeriCorps programs.


New Year's Proposal Writers Resolutions

As the developer, writer and steward of funding proposals, you might consider approaching 2024 with new ideas and new energy for the task. It’s a wonderful/terrible tradition that we make resolutions at this time of year, so why not think about these for your proposal-writing list.

A Classical Approach to Grant Proposals

Before campaign advisors, spin doctors, influencers or ad men, there was the Greek philosopher, Aristotle. His treatise, The Rhetoric, laid out a durable blueprint for creating persuasive arguments and the elements he described are as useful today as they were in 4th century BC Greece. As proposal writers, we sometimes get lost in the weeds of data, logic models, detailed methods and other granular stuff. Preparing persuasive proposals can benefit from reviewing these classical principles.

Logic Models, in Plain English

There comes a time when a proposal needs to include a logic model. Many foundations don’t require one but an increasing number are asking applicants to go beyond objectives and show, in a descriptive chart, the route you plan to take to get to the destination.

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