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Founded in 1958 by visionary pioneer broadcaster, Ed Craney, entrepreneur and philanthropist, the Greater Montana Foundation works to expand quality broadcasting in Montana, by funding television and radio programs, webcasts and other electronic media,  produced, featuring, or about Montana and its people.  In a competitive grant application process, grants are awarded to commercial stations,  as well as nonprofit organizations and educational institutions.

In partnership with the Montana Broadcasters Association, GMF funds the annual E.B. Craney awards for excellence in broadcasting and continuing professional education for its members.

In addition, the Greater Montana Foundation provides funding to the radio and television department of the School of Journalism at the University of Montana for a variety of student projects and productions. GMF also funds an annual scholarship for two students at the Montana State University School of Film and Photography.

To apply for a non-commercial grant from the Greater Montana Foundation, please read How to Apply for a Grant. For commercial grants, please read How to Apply for a Commercial Grant.

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Recent Blog Posts

November 7, 2017 |

Greater Montana Foundation awards over $274,000 in communications and media education grants.

Greater Montana Foundation awards over $274,000 in communications and media education grants.

Funds still available for commercial grants.

The Greater Montana Foundation has awarded over $274,000 in grants and reserved another $40,000 for potential commercial grants in 2017.  GMF continued an initiative to encourage and improve the ability of news reporters to better address the top issue identified in two GMF Media surveys:  jobs and the economy.  

March 14, 2017 |

Media Coverage of the 2016 Presidential Campaign – Video Recording

Larry Abramson, Dean of the University of Montana’s School of Journalism, was the featured speaker for the “Bringing the U to You” Lecture Series at  Great Falls College MSU recently, according to Greater Montana Foundation Trustee Norma Ashby, who arranged the lecture. Abramson’s lecture addressed such provocative questions as, “Was anyone happy with how the media covered the recent Presidential race?” and “How is the public coping with the unlimited sources of information?” and “What about the accusations of fake news?” Ashby noted that Abramson is uniquely qualified to provide insights on the recent campaign.  He moved to Missoula from Washington, D.C., where he spent three decades as a professional journalist, nearly all of...

February 1, 2017 |

GMF Testifies in Support of New Montana Heritage Center

GMF Grants Additional $25,000 to Original $600,000, for New Montana Heritage Center, and William Whitsitt, Chairman, Norma Ashby, Board Member, testified in person, and Sidney Armstrong, Board Member and Executive Director of the Greater Montana Foundation, offered written testimony to the committee in support of HB-14.

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