Grants Available to Seeley Lake Non-profits


SEELEY LAKE - As part of its mission, the Seeley Lake Community Foundation (SLCF) endeavors to help charitable groups in Seeley Lake fund projects to benefit the community. In this capacity, the SLCF strives to be a community resource and catalyst for innovative approaches to improving the quality of life in Seeley Lake.

The Small Grants Program supports the ever-changing needs of a community that is diverse and growing. Qualifying non-profit and public organizations are afforded the opportunity to receive assistance from the SLCF, provided the specified needs meet the scope and provisions as outlined in the grant application guidelines and process. The final consideration rests with the SLCF in determining the community’s current needs and priorities.

The deadline for the upcoming grant cycle is Jan. 31.

Grants will be awarded in amounts of $100 to $2,500, based on the availability of funds for the year. The grants will be funded from earnings from the SLCF endowment and gifts from individuals and businesses to SLCF.

Applications that address one or more of the five areas of interest – Education, Arts & Culture, Community/ Economic Development, Natural Resources & Conservation and Basic Human Needs – will be considered. Project ideas are provided for each of the five areas of interest but other innovative proposals will be considered, if they meet the objectives for broad-community benefits.


In 2016, the SLCF small grant program supported:

• Completion of a community based forest model study intended to help inform long term outcomes for the Clearwater Blackfoot Project land west of Seeley Lake.

• Expand and enhance advanced publicity for the Norman Maclean Festival 2017.

• Support for a Community Resiliency Model enhancing the current model for Seeley Lake Elementary students to develop new skills to self regulate.

• Batteries for community smoke alarms distributed by the Seeley Lake Rural Fire Department.

• Improvements to Sullivan Memorial Hall enhancing the facility for broad community use.

• Preserving local cultural resources by saving and moving a 100 year old log building.

• Provide funding for a mobile educational parenting/pregnancy unit.

Grant guidelines and application forms are available on the SLCF’s website For more information contact Anne Beach, Executive Director, 406-677-3506,

Seeley Lake Community Foundation PO Box 25 Seeley Lake, MT 58968.

The SLCF was founded in 1999 by a handful of local residents who wanted to give back to their community. What started from a single, $250 donation has now grown into an endowment of more than $525,000 dedicated to the Seeley Lake Community. To learn more or contribute, visit Living in the Mountains, Reaching for the Stars.


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