2012 Grant Recipients

Special Statewide Initiatives Commercial broadcasters challenge:  $40,000 for grants to commercial broadcasters for special programs which promote the Greater Montana Foundation’s mission to encourage communication on issues, trends and values to present and future generations of Montana.  A broad variety of programs will be considered and applications are accepted at any time.  See  http://www.greatermontana.org for more information. Oral History of Montana Broadcasting.  $20,000 for a board-led project to research, identify and interview those broadcast pioneers who over the years have contributed to excellence in Montana radio and television, and to preserve their stories in perpetuity. Billings MusEco Media and Education Project:  $3,000 for Green Smarts with the Green Man, a series of one minute long vignettes focused on a lighthearted, positive conservation message, broadcast on KTVQ television and Montana PBS, along with a web-based broadcast. Bonner Montana Broadcasters Association:  $30,525 for the EB Craney “Excellence in Broadcasting” 50th Anniversary Commemorative award program and $2,000 to support continuing professional education. Bozeman Friends of Montana Public Broadcasting System:  $65,000 to continue support for a wide variety of Montana TV programs and for 2012 Election Coverage.  This will include documentaries and investigative reporting, with a new website, Montana Public Media, with aggregated content, including debates, candidate profiles and an ad watch series, featuring online and broadcast partnerships with Montana public radio stations,  along with election night coverage. Montana State University School of Film and Photography:  $2,000 for the Hugh Galusha-Ed Craney scholarship award. One Montana, a program of the Rural Landscape Institute,  $3000 for the Graying of Montana, a conference co-sponsored with the Wheeler Center about the effects of Montana’s aging population on a variety of areas.  The grant is for live-streaming of the keynote speech via the internet to satellite conference locations around the state. Universal Voices,  $2000 to support Montespana,  the first in a planned series of documentaries featuring musicians around the world collaborating via the internet without meeting each other in person.   The first film features a unique collaboration between a Montana rocker and a Spanish gypsy flamenco guitarist. Great Falls Lewis and Clark Foundation. $15,000 for a documentary film, Or Perish in the Attempt: Wilderness Medicine in the Lewis and Clark Expedition, based on the book by Dr. David Peck on this subject.   Produced by Craig Wirth, the film will explore various aspects of wilderness medicine as it was practiced in the 19th century, highlighting key medical problems faced by the Lewis and Clark expedition.  It will also focus on Native American medicine of that time. Helena Home Ground News: Changes and Choices in the American West.  $10,000 to continue support for Brian Kahn’s statewide award-winning public affairs radio program which features in-depth interviews with Montanans whose life...

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2011 Grants List

Billings KULR-8/MAX Media of Montana:  $5,720 for the Libby Health Care Project, a special report on the impact of health care reform legislation for Montanans, specifically the community of Libby.     Veteran reporter Ian Marquand highlights how the current law relates to residents affected by asbestos-related disease. MusEco Media and Education Project:  $5,000 for Green Smarts with the Green Man, an on-going series of television vignettes on how Montanans can integrate smart, environmentally responsible choices in their daily lives. Bonner Montana Broadcasters Association:  $29,200 for the EB Craney “Excellence in Broadcasting” award program and $2,000 to support continuing professional education. Bozeman Friends of Montana Public Broadcasting System:  $50,000 to continue support for a wide variety of Montana TV programs, including: 2012 Election Coverage; production of “Indian Relay,” a portrait of several American Indian families as they prepare and compete in a unique horse racing event; Backroads of Montana; and 11th and Grant Season VII with Eric Funk.  New program initiatives include Smoke Elser: A Life in the Wilderness; and two episodes of Montana Focus, one highlighting struggles and successes of homeless students in Montana, and the other a special one hour partnership with the Burton K. Wheeler Center focusing on aging dams around Montana, including Fort Peck Dam. Montana State University KGLT:  $5,000 each for two radio series.  Montana Medicine Show features stories of little-known Montana history in two minute segments; Sonic ID provides interviews with a wide diversity of people in the Intermountain West, along with selected recordings from historical and radio archives. Montana State University School of Film and Photography:  $2,000 for the Hugh Galusha-Ed Craney scholarship award. Helena Home Ground News: Changes and Choices in the American West.  $10,000 to continue support of Brian Kahn’s statewide  award-winning public affairs radio program which features in-depth dialogue about Montana issues and citizens. Montana Historical Society.   $105,000 as the fourth installment of a $600,000 six-year pledge to support Museum modernization and expansion, including establishment of the E.B. Craney studio and broadcast production facilities at MHS,  and archiving Ed Craney’s and the Greater Montana Foundation’s historical records. Helena Civic TV: $10,000 to support Global Positioning, a new weekly public affairs television series about Montana’s engagement in the international community.  The program aims to expand awareness of  international economic and cultural connections between people and businesses in Montana and the world. Missoula University of Montana Department of Radio-Television. $17,000 to fund student internships, the annual student documentary, and other on-going productions such as  Business: Made in Montana, and Montana Journal, a 30 minute TV news magazine. University of Montana  Broadcast Media Center.  $10,000 in continued funding for Montana Public Radio’s ICE project, (Inform, Consent and Engage)¸ an on-going program to expand local...

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