Grants given for 2016 through August 15
Arlee CDC – $5,000. The Arlee CDC will assist and foster the planning and development of projects deemed to be beneficial socially, physically, economically and culturally to the public interest of the Arlee-Jocko Valley Community. www.arleecdc.org
Community Food & Agriculture Coalition – $7,500. CFAC develops and strengthens Missoula County’s food system and that of the surrounding region by promoting sustainable agriculture; building regional self-reliance; assuring that all have equal access to nutritious, affordable and culturally appropriate food; and advocating for local, state and national policies that promote our local food system. www.cfac.org
Forward Montana – $25,000. Forward Montana Foundation is a 501©3 non-profit. They are a homegrown, statewide, youth-led, grassroots organization. Their mission is to train, mobilize, and educate the next generation of young leaders in the state of Montana. www.forwardmontanafoundation.org
Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness – $12,000. Spanning the Idaho/Montana border, the Scotchmans are one of the last, and largest, wild areas in our region. They conduct education, outreach and stewardship activities to preserve the rugged, scenic and biologically diverse 88,000 acre Scotchman Peaks Roadless Area. They believe the Scotchman Peaks deserve congressional designation as Wilderness for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future generations. http://www.scotchmanpeaks.org.
Mission Mountain Food Enterprises – $55,000. MMFE’s is multi-dimensional local, regional and statewide food system development resource that has influenced changes in the value chain from farm and ranch production, to food innovation processing, to distribution of local food and finally to plates. https://www.lakecountycdc.org/MMFEC%20Landing
Montana Voices – $20,000. Funds will be used to build and strengthen a network of ambitious advocacy organizations dedicated to improving the lives of all Montanans by providing sophisticated data tools for their partners, shared space for collaborative planning between organizations, and resources for execution of joint civic engagement programming.
North Missoula CDC – $10,000. The organization’s mission is to build from community strengths to form partnerships for economic revitalization and holistic land stewardship. Their vision is healthy neighborhoods and communities of opportunity in which people of all ages and abilities can live, work and play. www.nmcdc.org
O’Hara Commons & Sustainability Center – $5,000. O’Hara Commons & Sustainability Center’s mission is utilizing and developing available resources to benefit community through education, resource sharing and demonstration gardens in a manner which builds local economy, promotes healthy food options and develops regional self-sufficiency. www.theoharacommons.org
Opportunity Link – $10,000. Opportunity Link is committed to finding systemic ways to reduce poverty and help the communities of Northcentral Montana achieve independence, prosperity and a better way of life. www.opportunitylinkmontana.org
Paradise Elementary School Preservation – $10,000. The vision is to renovate, improve, and repurpose the school to meet three key needs: a community center, a visitor center, and an arts center. These changes and uses can be accomplished while retaining the original integrity of the school. The citizens of Paradise and nearby communities have given careful thought to what uses would serve the community, the county, the state, and be compatible and complementary in the space. www.paradiseschoolproject.org
Sage Gardeners – $6,000. Sage Gardeners is a community non-profit organization based in Bozeman, Montana dedicated to improving the quality of life in seniors by providing them with accessible organic vegetable gardens and gardenside assistance annually. They strive to reduce isolation, increase mental stimulation, improve mobility and flexibility by increasing exercise, increasing socialization, and improving nutrition. www.sagegardeners.org
Sanders County CDC – $3,980. Sanders County Community Development Corporation (SCCDC), is a small non-profit organization, dedicated to the improvement of community services, facilities and the development of an economic climate that encourages business expansion and job creation within Sanders County, MT. Activities undertaken to achieve its mission include business services, community project facilitation, and tourism promotion. www.sanderscounty.org
Stevensville Main Street Association – $7,500. In 2000, Stevensville, Montana joined a growing national movement to improve the quality of life in America’s towns, cities and neighborhoods by reinvigorating the economic health of their historic Main Street central business districts. The locally-driven, grass roots, self-help ”Main Street Approach” focuses on four points: http://mainstreetstevensville.com/board-of-directors/
The Montana Land Reliance – Fall Conference- $5,000. The mission of The Montana Land Reliance (MLR) is to partner with landowners to provide permanent protection for private lands that are significant for agricultural production, forest resources, fish and wildlife habitat, and open space. http://mtlandreliance.org
The Sierra Club Foundation – $5,000. The Sierra Club Foundation promotes to educate and empower people to protect and improve the natural and human environment. Funds will be used for Power Past Coal program. www.sierraclubfoundation.org