Bozeman Area Community Foundation

OVERVIEW: Interests here include the environment, education, health, basic needs, housing, and arts and culture in the Bozeman, Montana, area.

FUNDING AREAS: Environment, education, health, basic needs, housing, arts and culture

IP TAKE:  Contact this foundation directly to inquire if grant applications are being accepted and to learn about current guidelines and deadlines. Grantseekers should get in touch before submitting anything.

PROFILE: The Bozeman Area Community Foundation (BACF) supports nonprofits in Gallatin County, Montana, with grants BACF has a competitive process to award unrestricted funds to local nonprofits. Recently, BACF has made fewer but larger grants in an effort to increase impact.

In one recent cycle, BACF gave $2,000 to each of 12 local nonprofits. This was part of their competitive grants process. Some of the community foundation’s grantmaking interests are the environment, education, health, basic needs, housing, and arts and culture.

Grants have gone to Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, Cancer Support Community, Future West, HAVEN, and the Montana Ballet Company. The funder also manages donor-advised funds and endowments for local groups; these managed funds contributed an additional $16,100 in a recent year. Learn about the groups that BACF supports by browsing the Grantee Stories section of the funder’s website. Some highlighted grantees include the Gallatin Valley Farm to School and God’s Garden.

In addition to grants, the foundation also serves as a facilitator of community discussions and a fiscal sponsor for groups engaged in actions related to the funder’s mission. Give Big Gallatin Valley is an annual giving day in May that raises money for local nonprofits. Nonprofit employees and volunteers can attend educational and collaborative gatherings on the fourth Friday morning of each month. This program is called the Nonprofit Café, and the events are hosted at the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture.  

BACF’s Youth Giving Project accepts applications to teach young people in the area about the importance of philanthropy and local needs. The Bozeman SOUP Project is a micro-granting dinner where innovative projects are supported. Community members can pay $10 for a ticket and receive a meal and a vote to choose the most promising community project that should win the night’s earnings.

In a recent year, the funder had around $1 million in total assets. Current financial data, as well as a community impact report, is here.

General questions can be directed to the foundation staff at info@bozemanfoundation.org or 406-587-6262. The foundation is led by Executive Director Bridget Wilkinson. In addition to the BACF board members, programs manager Darby Lacey is on staff. The funder’s mailing address is 111 S. Grand Avenue, Suite 214, Bozeman, Montana 59715.

Keep up with the foundation on its Moments in the Media page and its blog. The blog is a good place to learn about BACF board members and what they care most about.

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