September 10th, 2015


Prong Horn Productions in partnership with KTVQ, Billings: $8000 for the development of a new computer software program which will allow the archiving of Montana broadcast material, including old, historic material, and provide a way to easily access and utilize these archives.

MusEco and Education Project: $4000 for “The Accidental Wilderness,” to help fund a documentary on the designation of the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness Area in 1978, which is thought to have occurred in response to the unexpected death of its primary sponsor, Montana’s US Senator, Lee Metcalf. The recounting of 40 years of wilderness history is intended to shed light on present efforts.


Friends of MTPBS: $55,000 for the Montana Program Fund, supporting a number of programs, among them C.M Russell and the West, a three hour series about this noted artist; Boomtown Country, a documentary backcountry portrait of Montana’s boom and bust heritage and the current modern oil boom; Backroads of Montana, and 11th and Grant.

Montana State University School of Film and Photography: $2,000 for the annual Hugh Galusha-Ed Craney scholarship award.


KXLF Communications: $30,000 to help support a documentary about history of the “Our Lady of the Rockies” to premier at the 30th anniversary program in Butte, fall, 2015, to educate and inform Montanans and visitors about the important background of the creation of the statue.


Rosten Foundation for the Media Arts (MAPS): $20,000 for the MAPS Media Institute’s nationally recognized after-school education program, a public/private partnership combining arts education (film, video, design and music) vocational training and on-the-job experience for students grades 8 through 12 in four country schools. Two new programs include a summer program for five days a week and an entrepreneur class to assist students after leaving the program to create a business.


KRTV-KXLF TV: $4100 for “On Special Assignment:  National Police Week,” to fund travel to Washington, D.C. during National Police Week for the Cascade Co. Sheriff’s office and the family of fallen deputy Joe Dunn, who was killed last August during the high-speed pursuit of a suspect. Dunn's name was added to the National Officers' Memorial. Sheriff Edwards also attended seminars helping him to train his officers to cope with such tragic circumstances. Nightly news briefs and a documentary were produced.


Artemis Common Ground: $13,000 to support Home Ground Radio, a weekly forum on important issues, highlighting the often unseen “common ground” of shared values held by parts of our community often portrayed in opposition. Diverse guests are interviewed by host Brian Kahn in 30 minutes conversations on a wide variety of subjects. The program is broadcast on Montana Public Radio and on commercial station KGHL 790 AM Billings.

Montana Broadcasters Association: $30,300 for the annual EB awards for broadcast excellence. Named for GMF founder, E.B. Craney, the awards go for various categories for commercial broadcasters.

Montana Historical Society: $10,180, the final payment of an initial $600,000 pledge to support Museum modernization and expansion, including establishment of the Ed Craney studio and broadcast production facilities at MHS.


University of Montana Broadcast Media Center: $20,000 in general support for MT Public Radio, including a variety of programs such as news, panel discussions and town meetings on issues of importance to Montanans.

University of Montana O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West: $7000 for Mountain West News, a daily on-line web-based aggregator news service focused on important issues in the region, with daily news summaries and links to important news stories. $12,000 for Mountain West Voices, an on-going series of innovative radio and multi-media stories about Montana individuals and communities, produced by Clay Scott, Helena.

University of Montana School of Radio-TV: $26,500 in continued support for the student documentary, the summer internship program, and programs, Business Made in Montana, Montana Journal and the News Brief.


Little Bighorn Productions: $5000 for “Glacier National Park: Crown of the Continent,” a 90 minute televised documentary on the history of Glacier Park, exploring many facets since its beginning. Its goal is to increase understanding and appreciation of the park, beginning with the formation of the glaciers and through the major events and historical figures of its existence, including major players and the Blackfeet Tribe.

General Grants

General grants are available for nonprofits and others: for film, TV programs, documentaries, videos, webinars, etc. with applications due annually on April 1 and awards made in June.

Commercial Grants

A major goal for GMF’s founder, Ed Craney was to improve commercial broadcasting in the state. There is no deadline for grant applications from commercial stations if you can demonstrate that this is an urgent and critical issue & production is time-limited