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MslaCF Small Grants 2022
The Missoula Community Foundation is offering grant money for nonprofits serving Missoula County to facilitate civil discourse in our community. This year’s grants cycle will award 3 grants of $5,000 each to organization serving Missoula County. For the purpose of this grant we will define civil discourse as a conversation in which there is a mutual airing of views without rancor. It is not a contest, but it is intended to promote greater understanding.

The application period:
October 1, 2022  - November 1, 2022

Award announced last week in November


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Have 501(c)3 tax-exempt status. Fiscally sponsored organizations are welcome to apply.
  • Adopted or are willing to adopt non-discrimination policies in employment, volunteer, and board recruitment and in providing services (sample policies available upon request).
  • Applicants must have authority to apply for funding for their organization


We will not support:

  • Lobbying as defined by the IRS


*Preference will be given to organizations that provide a majority of services to Missoula County.

*Preference will be given to applications submitted by two organizations of different ideological perspectives who apply together.

During Missoula Gives this year we held a panel discussion on Civil Discourse and why it is important in today’s world. General Wesley Clark provided us with an overview of civil discourse. He said, we need to “start with the principles of: let's get to the facts, let's respect each other, let's look for ways to create win-win solutions.” And Robert Rivers of Imagine Nation Brewing, said, “Civil Dialogue is an adventure into the unknown.” He suggested we have to begin the conversation without preconceived outcomes.

We can define civil discourse as a conversation in which there is a mutual airing of views without rancor. It is not a contest, but it is intended to promote greater understanding.

*** Once beginning your application, you can save and return to complete for up to 21 days

If you have questions about the grant or your eligibility, please contact Missoula Community Foundation staff.


Women's Giving Circle Nonprofit Grant Application

We are accepting applications for a grant of $10,000 to a Missoula County-based nonprofit organization that can clearly demonstrate how funds will be used to address Indigenous Issues.  Giving Circle members choose a focus area for each grant cycle based on community needs. The WGC evaluates applicants on the Circle’s core values: community, equity, and opportunity
The application period closes on Monday, October 10, 2022

To be eligible to receive a grant from the WGC, organizations must:

  1. Have 501(c)3 tax-exempt status. Fiscally sponsored organizations are welcome to apply.
  2. Maintain a primary office within Missoula County. Preference will be given to organizations that provide a majority of services to people within Missoula County.
  3. To receive funds you must adopt an inclusive non-discrimination policy if you do not already have one in place. (Sample policies available upon request)
  4. Not have received funding from the WGC in the previous grant cycle. 
  5. Not use WGC funds for events or scholarships. 



Preference will be given to projects/programs/organizations that address a need in the community that is not already being met.

Applications will be accepted from Thursday, September 1 through Monday, October 10 at 11:59 pm.

The steering committee will review all applications and will select the top three applicants to make a virtual presentation to the Women's Giving Circle membership on Tuesday, November 15. We will inform you if you are selected as one of the top three applicants no later than 5:00 PM on Tuesday, November 1. The membership will vote to select the winner, to be announced Thursday, December 15.

If your organization is selected as a finalist, you will be required to prepare a short presentation describing your grant request to supplement your submission materials.  The finalists will present on Tuesday, November 15 at a membership event.

As succinctly as possible, please address the following questions in your presentation to our membership:


  • How will your organization use the grant money? (IE: staffing, marketing, technological needs)




  • How does your organization or this project impact Indigenous Issues in our community?




  • How will this project empower people/ our community/ or those you serve?




  • What is the expected outcome of this project? How will you measure its success?




  • What is the timeline for this project?



Please fill out the questions below. Once you have completed them it will take you to the application. You can save your application in progress for up to 21 days.


Thanks for your application to the Women's Giving Circle of Missoula County.


Please contact the Women's Giving Circle at info@womensgivingcirclemissoula.org or call the Missoula Community Foundation at (406) 926-2846 with any questions.

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Thank you for your interest in the LoLA fund! We know how time consuming it can be to fill out lengthy and overly complicated applications. We hope you will find that we've kept this one short and sweet, while giving you enough space to walk us through your proposed project. Thanks for applying. We can't wait to learn more about the creative work you want to do in Missoula.
Grant submission is open from July 1, 2022, through October 15, 2022. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by mid-November.

Please complete to be added to our nonprofit directory.

If you have any questions about your application, please contact staff at info@MissoulaCommunityFoundation.org or (406) 926-2846.  

Thanks,

MslaCF Staff






Missoula Community Foundation