GREATER MT FOUNDATION GRANTS – 2015

Artemis Common Ground, Helena:   $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.

Friends of MTPBS, Bozeman:  $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 of Montana’s boom and bust heritage; Backroads of Montana, and 11th and Grant.

KRTV-MTN TV, Great Falls:  $3,143 forOn 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.

KRTV-MTN, Great Falls:  $4522  forOn Special Assignment:  The Montana-Asia Connection,” October 24-30, 2015, to support actual and necessary expenses for one MTN staff member to accompany Governor Bullock and the Montana delegation on an official trip to Taiwan and South Korea to explore new trade opportunities.  Nightly news briefs and a documentary were produced.

KXLF Communications, Butte:  $30,000 to help support a documentary on the 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.

Little Bighorn Productions, Riverton UT:  $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.

MAPS MEDIA, Rosten Foundation for the Media Arts, Darby:  $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.

Montana Broadcasters Association:   $30,300 for the annual EB awards for broadcast excellence, named for GMF founder, E.B. Craney.

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.

Montana Historical Society:  $67,000, for the “Pilot Project to Establish a Broadcast Film & Media Archives at the Montana Historical Society,” as a part of MHS permanent collections, in order to ensure the long-term preservation of as well as access to Montana’s disappearing film and media history.

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

MusEco and Education Project, Billings:   $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.  Forty years of wilderness history is intended to shed light on present efforts.

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.

University of Montana Broadcast Media Center, Missoula:  $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, Missoula, 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, Missoula: $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.