General Grants

December 1st, 2018

How To Apply For A GMF Grant

(Questions? Contact Ms. Sidney Armstrong, Executive Director, via email prior to sending the application.)

  1. Answer each question. Head each of your answers with the question to which you are responding. These do not need to be separate pages for each question. Do not print and include the entire page of questions.

  2. Respond to each question carefully and succinctly. Indicate whether or not your program addresses one or more of the top five priorities identified as most important by Montanans in the 2019 GMF Winter Media Survey, conducted during the 2019 legislative session: 2019 top issues in order:

    a. Jobs and the Economy
    b. Healthcare
    c. Spending and State Taxes
    d. Drugs (The survey did not list any more details about drugs)
    e. Education

  3. A major goal for Ed Craney, GMF’s founder, was to improve commercial broadcasting in the state. Efforts to offer noncommercial programming funded by GMF to commercial stations are important and may improve the odds for receiving a grant. If providing programming to commercial broadcast stations is part of your plan, please provide details.

  4. Provide a budget for your proposal (not your entire organization) in a format GMF trustees can easily decipher. Expenses and purposes must be clearly delineated. Be sure to list other sources of funding, if applicable.

  5. If there are critical supporting documents, please include them. You may also include brief biographies of principals who may be unknown to GMF; however we do not require a multi-page vita. It is also not necessary or helpful to include pages of recommendations, letters of support, photos, long lists of programs produced, etc. Do not include DVDs, CDs, etc. with your materials. If in doubt, ask the executive director first.

THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND BOARD’S REVIEW PROCESS

  1. Deadline for receipt of application at GMF: Applications must be received (or postmarked if snail mailed) no later than midnight April 1, 2020.

  2. When I receive a grant application, by email or snail mail, I first review it for eligibility and completeness. If there are questions, I will contact you.

  3. I make copies of each application and include them in the board of trustees meeting manuals, which are provided to the members well in advance of the June annual meeting. We cannot include photos and extraneous documents.

  4. Each member reviews and ranks the grants in advance of the annual meeting. If there are questions or any requests for additional information, I will notify you.

  5. Each applicant is invited and highly encouraged to attend the application presentation session during the meeting to present their proposal in person. Presentations, including Q&A, are limited to 15 minutes per applicant and time limits are strictly observed. Come prepared with a well-organized 10-12 minute presentation and plan to allow 3-5 minutes for questions.

  6. If you do not hear from me by May 20 regarding a scheduled time for your presentation at the meeting, please contact me ASAP. Rarely, but occasionally, a grant application is not received in the office.

  7. If you plan to make a presentation to the board, your presentation must be saved to a thumb drive to be used at the presentation site (see below). In the event of a drive failure or other technical issue, it would be wise to bring a backup, which could include a laptop, etc.

  8. The site of the presentations is the Ed Craney Studio of the Montana Historical Society Museum, 225 N. Roberts St, Helena. The studio is equipped with state-of-the art audio-visual technology, funded by GMF. Please bring your presentation on a thumb (flash) drive, if at all possible. Please let us know the specifics you need. I will consult the IT administrator of The Montana Historical Society for his advice on how we can accommodate you and provide that information to you when I send the time you are assigned for your presentation.

The 2020 Grant Application can be downloaded here.

Education Grants

The Greater Montana Foundation is now offering new education assistance grants to individual Montana news media professionals and journalism students to strengthen their ability to report more effectively on issues of jobs and the economy. The $500 per person grants are for any course related to these issues, whether on-line or in-person, at any of the state’s post-secondary institutions.

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