Missoula is a vibrant and healthy community because of the network of nonprofits that take care of our people, animals, and environment. To keep nonprofits strong, we offer a variety of funding opportunities.
We offer capacity-building grants to help identify and implement capacity building work that will help allow an nonprofit to better focus on its critical mission-based work. These grants provide organization with an organizational assessment and then funding to implement projects identify during the assessment. By engaging leadership and staff they help align the organization and prioritize internal work.
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. Phase I – Organizational Assessment: 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. Phase II – Project: 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.
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.
The Legacy of Living Art (LoLA) Field of Interest Fund supports projects that use the arts to nurture and support healing. LoLA grants are awarded yearly to artists and organizations that seek to engage creativity for the benefits of wellness and wellbeing. Proposed projects should have outcomes that provide opportunities for things like: creative expression, respite, social interaction and enhancement of the human spirit.