Nearly $17,000 in project grants awarded this summer

Laura Nowlin, along with her daughter, Anna, pose for a photo with CMF President Dean Comes. Central Montana Foundation awarded grants to several projects during this summer, including $4,000 to Petroleum County Stockgrowers to assist with fire relief efforts for those affected by the Lodgepole Complex Fire.

Photo courtesy of Carrie Mantooth

Central Montana Foundation Board of Directors considered a long list of grant requests over the summer and awarded $16,851 to seven projects.

“We had nearly $35,000 in grant requests in August alone,” said CMF President Dean Comes. “Unfortunately, our pool of funding wasn’t able to cover all the requests this time around.”

CMF Executive Director Carrie Mantooth said she’s seeing a slight increase in funding to CMF’s General Endowment but stressed the importance of continuing to grow that fund.

“We use the income from our general endowment, along with income from nine other unrestricted endowments, for our grant-making program. As these funds grow, so does CMF’s ability to award more grants,” she said. “Giving an unrestricted gift is a way to do a great deal of good to the largest number of people. CMF grants touch the young and the old, and everywhere in between.”

Grants are funded by CMF’s unrestricted endowments, including its general fund, Bertha Martin, John and Alice Janicek, Rosie Pense, Chester Rickner, Gertrude Saxtorph, Junior Housel Family, Sally Wells and Margie Wilkins estates.


Grant recipients from June through August include:

• Denton Beautification Club, $1,100: To purchase a cement picnic table for Denton City Park. Dolly Lee submitted the request on behalf of Denton Beautification Club and reports that the table has been installed and was already “seeing good use” this summer.

• Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation, $300: To purchase fishing supplies for 15-25 youth with Community Based Services in Lewistown. This is a mental health program providing a broad range of services for at-risk children.

• Lewistown Parks and Recreation Department, $2,000: For the purchase of family passes for disadvantaged youth in our area. Parks and Recreation Director Jim Daniels said there are at least 70 youth in need of this service, and passes go to the children in the family only. “We don’t want to keep any children from being able to use our pool,” he said.

• Lewistown Sea Lions, $1,451: For the purchase of a shade tent for spectators. They already put it to good use when they hosted the State Swim Meet in August.

• Garfield County Chamber of Commerce, $4,000: To help with fire relief efforts for Garfield and Petroleum Counties. This grant will be used by Garfield County’s Chamber of Commerce for the purchase of water tanks, fencing supplies, etc. for producers suffering losses from the Lodgepole Complex Fire that burned more than 270,000 acres in July.

• Petroleum County Stockgrowers Association, $4,000: Towards the purchase of fencing supplies and be distributed by the Petroleum County Stockgrowers Association. The Farm Service Agency estimates that to replace the fences alone will cost $16.5 million.

• Lewistown Ice Skating Association, $2,000: To be used for the purchase of a shade screen assembly. Scott Kirsch of Lewistown Ice Skating Association said the screen will provide much-needed relief from the sun during the spring months and allow them to keep the ice in better condition.

For more information on CMF’s grant-making program call CMF at 538-6130 or email



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