Montana Community Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder provides support to a wide range of nonprofits in Montana. Unsolicited applications are not accepted, as funding is provided only through MCF’s 900+ charitable funds.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, health, human services, arts and culture

IP TAKE: Unlike many community foundations, it doesn’t appear to have a discretionary grantmaking program outside of the donor funds. Rather than browse through the extensive list, contact the foundation to ask if any funds are currently accepting applications.  

PROFILE: The Montana Community Foundation is based in Helena, Montana, and was founded in 1988. Since then, MCF has contributed over $37 million in grants and scholarships, with over 8,000 grants totaling over $18.6 million in the past decade.

 MCF offers grants through its many charitable funds, which number over 900. Unfortunately for grantseekers, MCF does not accept unsolicited grant requests for any subject area. Current grant opportunities are typically listed on the Apply for a Grant page of the funder’s website. You can learn about past grantees here.

In the past, MCF has awarded grants to senior citizen centers, animal shelters, watershed councils, public schools, community centers and food pantries. It gives grants throughout Montana—view a map of grants and scholarships here. In a recent year, the foundation had at least $79 million in assets. Current financial data can be viewed on the funder’s website.

A component fund, the Women’s Foundation of Montana (WFM), supports economic self-sufficiency and brighter futures for women and girls. This is an opportunity for community-based programs that improve public policies, political participation, leadership skills, STEM education, and financial literacy. There are also dozens of MCF-affiliated local community foundations in the state, many established with MCF’s help.

General questions can be directed to 406-443-8313 or Keep up with the funder at its news and events section. You can sign up to receive MCF’s monthly publication here.


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