About Grants and Scholarships

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The Missoula Community Foundation is committed to strengthening the capacity of our nonprofit sector and investing in young leaders. Since 2001, we have awarded over $1.3 million in grants and scholarships to nonprofits and students in our community. 

One of the ways we carry out our mission of enhancing community vitality is by investing in the vision, passion, and expertise of local nonprofits. We welcome your interest in these funding opportunities.

  • We offer capacity-building grants to support the cost of hiring local consultants to facilitate discussions related to strategic planning, financial sustainability planning, governance, and other systems support.

    Using a two-step approach, MPNE’s grant program will provide guidance and support for an organization’s board of directors and staff to:

    1. Assessment Award: Participate in a comprehensive organizational assessment to determine the nonprofit’s strengths, weaknesses, and priorities for improvement. The process is facilitated by an experienced local nonprofit consultant who provides a written report of findings and recommendations.

    2. Project Award: Retain a consultant to assist the organization to undertake and complete a capacity building project that addresses a priority need identified through the assessment process.

    Missoula Project for Nonprofit Excellence 2018-2019 Timeline


    Tuesday, October 9th, 4pm: Nonprofit and consultant informational webinar. Participation in webinar or in-person session is mandatory for nonprofits to apply. Click here to RSVP for the webinar>>

    Wednesday, October 10th, 12pm: Nonprofit and consultant information session at the Missoula Public Library. Click here to RSVP for the in-person session>>

    Monday, October 22nd: Readiness assessment survey due by midnight.

    Thursday, November 15: Assessment Award applications due by midnight.

    Week of December 17: Assessment Award grantees notified.

    Week of January 28th:
    Awardee & Consultant Orientation and signing of grant agreement.

    February 1st-May 1st: Assessments conducted.

    June 28th: Final report due to grantee.

    July 8-August 31: Project Grant Award application period.

    Mid September: Project Grants awarded.

    October 2019-March 2020: Project grants underway.

    To Apply:

    1. Attend the mandatory informational session or webinar in early-mid October. See details above. Click here to RSVP for either session>>
    2. Click here to complete the Capacity-building Assessment Self Survey (CASS) by Monday, October 22nd at midnight.
    3. Grants Coordinator will evaluate completed surveys and will evaluate nonprofits’ readiness to participate in the program. Email and phone follow-up may be required before inviting an organization to apply.
    4. Assessment award applications are due on Thursday, November 15th by midnight.
    5. Grants coordinator will conduct interviews with applicants between November 20th-December 8th.
    6. Applicants will be notified during the week of December 17th.
  • We offer a handful of small grants from $500 to $2,500 to help nonprofits with operational support and with discrete projects, like capital campaigns; and also for community beautification initiatives.

    Deadline: Applications for 2019 grants will be announced in January 2019.

  • The Women’s Giving Circle is administered by MissoulaCF and the Montana Women’s Foundation but run by its members. It will offer one grant of $10,000 or more to a qualifying nonprofit.

    Application opens: Monday, September 3, 2018

    Application deadline: Monday, October 1, 2018

    Grantees will be selected according to the following criteria:

    1. 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Fiscally sponsored organizations are welcome to apply.
    2. Maintain a primary office within Missoula County. Preference will be given to organizations that provide a majority of services to people within Missoula County.
    3. A demonstrated track record of providing services needed by the community.
    4. Must serve women and/or children. This is subject to change for future grant cycles.
    5. Adopted or are willing to adopt LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination policies in employment, volunteer and board recruitment and in providing services (sample policies available upon request).
    6. Preference will be given to organizations that can demonstrate collaboration.
    7. Emphasis will be on long-term impact and sustainable projects. Grants will not be given for events or scholarships.
    8. Our grantmaking will be guided by these values: community, inclusiveness, equity, transformation, compassion, effectiveness, integrity, respect, and opportunity.

    The steering committee of the Women’s Giving Circle will review all applications and will select the top three to make a short presentation to members on Tuesday, November 13. The three selected applicants will be informed by Monday, October 29. Members will vote on the winner, to be announced on Giving Tuesday, November 27.

    Please contact Meredith Printz at the Missoula Community Foundation with any questions at (406) 926-2846.

  • Missoula Gives is a community-wide fundraiser that promotes philanthropy among all Missoulians. Participating nonprofits receive fundraising and marketing tools and training, have the chance to win prize money from sponsors, and raise awareness and dollars among new donors.

    Event Date: May 2-3, 2019

    Deadline for nonprofits to register: TBA


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