Grants

$164,800 in Grants Awarded in 2020

We have now given $1,008,875 in grants since 2012!

The Montana History Foundation is proud to offer 29 grants to 27 communities in Montana, providing $164,800 towards history projects statewide.  That brings the total amount of grants funded across the state since 2012 to $1,008,875!

Some of the exciting projects the History Foundation will fund this year include:

  • J.C. Adams Stone Barn, Sun River: $10,000: The J.C. Adams Stone Barn, built in 1885 and on the National Register of Historic Places, will receive a fresh coat of red paint on its wood surfaces.
  • Central Montana Métis Oral History Project, Lewistown, $8,700: An oral historian will interview ten descendants of original Central Montana Métis settlers. The history, transcription, and pictures will be uploaded to the Montana Memory Project and will also be available at the Lewistown Public Library.
  • Northern Cheyenne Level 1 Textbook, Ashland, $5,000: The Northern Cheyenne language faces the threat of extinction with only 1,200 speakers remaining.  A MHF grant will fund the creation of a Level 1 textbook to encourage and support language revitalization amongst a new generation of Northern Cheyenne speakers.
  • Russell Trail App, Great Falls, $3,500: The Russell Trail App will encourage and facilitate the exploration of Montana as guided by the landscape art works of C.M. Russell. It will enable people to encounter, firsthand, the spaces and places that moved Russell’s brush and stirred his creativity.

Continue scrolling to see each of this year’s 29 grant projects.

Since 2012, when the MHF grants program began, we have provided more than $1 million to history projects throughout Montana, supporting 247 projects in 47 counties.

Funding for the Montana History Foundation Grants Program comes from a variety of private sources, including a grant from the Fortin Foundation, a grant from the Louis L. Borick Foundation, and donations from our generous and dedicated donors. Learn more about giving options.

Already thinking ahead to 2021?

Our next grant cycle will open on November 1, 2020.

Applications will be due on January 15, 2021 by 5:00 p.m.

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Up to $10,000 in funding per project is available in the following categories: