Deadline approaching for CMF major grant applications


Central Montana Foundation is accepting grant applications for requests of $5,000 or more, and the deadline to apply is April 1.

Major grants ($5,000 and above) are considered only once per year at the CMF Annual Meeting, while minor grants (under $5,000) are considered monthly. This year’s annual meeting is set for Tuesday, May 22 at noon, at the Elk’s in Lewistown. Eligible applicants will be invited to give a short presentation regarding their request at the annual meeting.

CMF grants funds to nonprofit or tax-exempt organizations that benefit the citizens in the counties of Fergus, Garfield, Judith Basin, Petroleum and Wheatland. CMF’s grant application is available on its website at Go to “Apply for a CMF Grant” for the fillable application.

The major grants are funded through the Mildred Bryte Endowment. Mrs. Bryte died May 29, 1997, and left the bulk of her $3-plus million estate to CMF. Lewistown accountant Fred Schell, along with attorney Jim Wilkins, worked with Mrs. Bryte for some time before her death. Schell has said that Mrs. Bryte felt “that since the money was earned in Central Montana, it should stay in Central Montana.” The principal of the Mildred Bryte Memorial Endowment Fund remains untouched and only the interest earned is used to fund local projects.

For more information, call CMF Executive Director Carrie Mantooth at 538-6130 or email her at


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