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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

September 5, 2016 |

2016 Awards Announcement

At the annual summer board meeting, the Greater Montana Foundation awarded over $300,000 in 2016 grants, elected two new trustees and launched two education initiatives designed to encourage Montana news reporters to address the top issue identified by Montanans in a 2015 survey: jobs and the economy. The Foundation is also funding a follow-up survey to better understand how Montanans use the Internet to access news.

September 5, 2016 |


The Greater Montana Foundation is proud to have awarded grants to the following organizations across the state.

May 6, 2016 |


Here’s a listing of the grants awarded in 2015.

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