Celebrating Montana Broadcasting

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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

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.

December 12, 2016 |

New study finds Montana news organizations and consumers solidly in the internet age

December 9, 2016 — Helena, Mont. — A new study commissioned by the Greater Montana Foundation, the organization dedicated to Montana’s communications sector and the issues, trends and values important to Montanans, finds that Montana residents and the news organizations they rely upon are solidly moving toward more internet use. Internet access continues to grow in the state, with …

September 23, 2016 |

Educational Assistance Grants

to Encourage and Support Media Reporting on Jobs, Business and the Economy   Background   The Vision/Mission statement of the Greater Montana Foundation is: The Greater Montana Foundation benefits the people of Montana by encouraging communication with an emphasis on electronic media on issues, trends and values of importance to present and future generations of Montanans. In accordance with its vision and mission, the Greater Montana Foundation (GMF) has determined by quantitative and qualitative research that Montanans rank issues involving jobs and the economy as the highest priority set of issues facing our state. The Trustees of the Greater Montana Foundation believe that improvements in media reporting on such issues should be encouraged and supported. The resulting...

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