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Past Project Grants

The following organizations received 2010 Project Grants to engage consultants for the purposes described:

  • Child Care Resources, Inc. (Missoula) – To develop a comprehensive marketing plan and associated materials that support CCR’s service outreach, builds general awareness abwww.childcareresources.orgout CCR, and positions CCR for improved fund development. CCR was Montana’s first Child Care Resource and Referral Agency and the first to sponsor the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program. CCR serves both families with young children, with a focus on services to those with low income, and early care and education providers.
  • Domestic and Sexual Violence Services of Carbon County (Red Lodge) – To update the organization’s mission, values and philosophy; educate the board about current IRS regulations, as well as best practices of board governance; and develop a plan for organizational sustainability. DSVS works throughout Carbon County and neighboring counties to eliminate domestic, sexual and teen dating violence by providing a broad array of services;
  • Family Promise of Gallatin Valley, Inc. (Bozeman) – To assist with board development, including clarifying board responsibilities and their role in organizational oversight, and create a strategic plan. FPGV provides shelter for homeless families with children, while assisting them to find and implement lasting solutions to their unique situations. It is part of a 20 year old national network and operates on a successful model known as an interfaith hospitality network.
  • Great Falls Community Food Bank (Great Falls) – To develop a new three-year strategic plan with a focus on marketing, communications and fundraising, which will address the projected growth in services anticipated as a result of facility expansion in 2011. GFCFB gathers and distributes food for needy children, individuals and families through a network of 50 charitable organizations in Cascade, Chouteau, Glacier and Teton Counties;
  • homeWORD (Missoula) – To evaluate the organization’s current branding, logo and visual imagery, and association with the founding organization, and to develop a strategic marketing plan. HW creates affordable housing and meaningful economic change for lower income families including a diverse population of singles, elderly, individuals with disabilities, domestic violence survivors, families with children, veterans and formerly homeless people. HW also provides homebuyer education and counseling and teaches financial literacy, among offering other services as well.
  • Montana Audubon (Helena) – To develop a strategic/business plan for the Audubon Conservation Education Center in Billings. MA is a statewide organization that promotes appreciation, knowledge and conservation on native birds, other wildlife and their habitats. It has programs in public policy, education and scientific research, and is comprised of nine community-based Audubon Chapters. The Center helps children connect with nature and improves student academic achievement, restores and protects wildlife habitat and protects important open space and public outdoor recreational opportunities within Billings’ rapidly expanding suburbs.

Organizations that received the 2009 Project Grants were:

  • Big Sky Senior Services (Billings), which enhances the independence and quality of life for the elderly population in Yellowstone, Carbon, and Stillwater Counties, through home health services, volunteer friends program, elder abuse prevention, and a representative payee program.
  • Family Support Network (Billings), provides intervention, support and assistance to children and families with mental illness or are at risk for abuse and neglect to Yellowstone, Carbon, Big Horn, Musselshell, Stillwater and Sweet Grass counties. Services are offered to more than 200 families annually at their facility, in the community and at family homes.
  • Fort Peck Fine Arts Council (Glasgow), which serves primarily eastern Montana and works to preserve the historic Fort Peck theater; educate and entertain through the performing arts; encourage youth in the arts; and provide a forum for local and regional artists.
  • Human Resource Development Council of District IX, Inc. (Bozeman), which serves Park, Gallatin, Madison, and Meagher counties, and supports and advances the quality of people’s lives through innovative and dedicated leadership in community development and human services, through such services as housing, youth development, energy assistance, Head Start, transportation and volunteer programs for seniors and retired people.
  • Montana SHARES (Helena), which serves organizations statewide and is a partnership of Montana-based nonprofits devoted to working together to improve the quality of life in communities throughout the state, and works with and on behalf of its members to promote the organizations, provide training and support on a year-round basis, and there by help them expand and diversify their programs.
  • Spring Meadow Resources (Helena), which provides ongoing support to over 100 adults with developmental disabilities, through education, residential and supported living services, recreation activities, and assistance to make informed choices.