Park County Community Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder supports nonprofits in Park County, Montana, in broad issue areas like community development, education, health, human services, arts and culture, environment, youth, seniors, and mental health. Annual applications are accepted.

FUNDING AREAS: Community development, education, health, human services, arts and culture, environment, youth, seniors, mental health

IP TAKE: This is an accessible funder with an online application and an annual deadline for unsolicited requests. Education is a top cause.

PROFILE: The Park County Community Foundation (PCCF) was established in 2006 by residents of Park County, Montana, and is based in the town of Livingston. The Park Electric Cooperative established the Park County Community Foundation Fund at the Montana Community Foundation in the 1990s. Today, the foundation is a separate entity that addresses local needs.

In its first 10 years, the funder made at least $2 million in contributions, fiscal sponsorships, and pledges to local groups. In a recent year, it had over $600,000 in total assets. Current financial data is here. Annual reports can be reviewed on their website.

An annual grants committee reviews competitive applications from nonprofits. All proposals must benefit Park County residents. The average grant ranges from $500 to $5,000. Nonprofits can also apply for a collaborative grant with one or more other nonprofits for up to $20,000. The applications for both types of grants are typically due at the end of April. Applications are on the PCCF website.  

Grants have gone to Big Sky Youth Empowerment, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Park and Sweet Grass Counties, Child Care Connections, the Clyde Park Fire Department, and the Gardiner Food Pantry. Overall, grantmaking areas of interest include community development, education, health, human services, arts and culture, environment, youth, seniors, and mental health.

PCCF also administers the Barbara Thronson/Park County Community Foundation Scholarship for graduates of Park High School, Gardiner High School, and Shields Valley High School. Other foundation programs focus on high school graduation rates and childcare.

The foundation is governed by a board of directors who live in Park County. Peter Fox is the executive director of the foundation; he joined the staff in December 2014. The only other staff member is an office coordinator, but there are about 10 members of the board of directors.

General questions should be directed to Peter Fox at Peter.Fox@PCCF-Montana.org or 406-224-3920. The mailing address is P.O. Box 2199, Livingston, Montana 59047.

Sign up for their e-newsletter to keep up with recent events. Their news and notes section is a good place to review the types of events that PCCF has hosted in the past.

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