September 14th, 2015
In April of 2015 the Greater Montana Foundation commissioned a Montana-focused survey to discover changing access trends in media and identifying top issues.
“Part of our mission at the Greater Montana Foundation is to lead the effort to understand the dynamics of information and issues in the state now and for the future,” said Ron Davis, GMF vice chair. “For the communications sector, knowing how Montanans are getting their news and information about what matters to them is key to how the industry serves our citizens and adapts in a changing world.”
Our future grant awards will incorporate these findings and allow for the Greater Montana Foundation to more effectively achieve its mission.
GMF Chairman Bill Whitsitt talks about changing communications media technology, media preferences of Montanans, and issues they see as those most important, at the opening session of the Montana High Tech Jobs Summit at MSU in Bozeman on September 13, 2015. His comments were based on a unique public opinion survey commissioned by the Greater Montana Foundation.
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 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.
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