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The Billings Community Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt, innovative community foundation governed by local citizens promoting philanthropy and charitable giving.  

Our Mission is: “To help individual donors and charitable organizations
meet the needs of the Greater Yellowstone Region.”


As a 'regional community foundation’, we host the annual Yellowstone Valley Giving Day and our service encompasses many highly rural communities of south-central and south eastern Montana located in Yellowstone, Musselshell, Rosebud, Custer, Treasure, Bighorn, Carbon, Stillwater, and Fergus County. Our clients include community funds throughout this service area, as well as numerous nonprofits and philanthropic minded individuals.

Our Mission is: “To help individual donors and charitable organizations meet the needs of the Greater Yellowstone Region.”

As these needs change from year to year, the focus of our grant program will also change. This year, the Billings Community Foundation completed a strategic planning processes and has identified the following priorities to support our mission through providing  grants to charitable organizations:

Applications for the 2019 Grant Cycle will open on June 1st, 2019 and close on June 30th, 2019.

  1. Community and Regional Impact Grants – Support for organizations providing programs that respond to needs in the community.
  2. Capacity Building for Nonprofit Organizations – support for organizations that are actively striving to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their work by investing in core operations.
  3. Collaborative Grants – Support for two or more non-profit organizations working in unison on a common-purpose program or project.
  4. Endowment Challenge Grant - Obert Undem Community Vitality Endowment Fund - a matching grant initiative designed to build nonprofit capacity and sustainability through establishing or growing endowments at the Billings Community Foundation.


2019 Grant Amounts
Grants will range from $2,500 to $5,000.

Donor Advised Funds and Specific Purpose Endowments
The Billings Community Foundation administers several Donor-Advised Funds and Endowments that provide funding for specific types of projects, we assist these funders by inviting them to review grant requests that potentially meet their funding criteria and project interests.

These funders occasionally provide grants for projects supporting the following causes:
  • Education
  • Human Needs
  • Arts and Culture
  • Animal Welfare
  • Natural and Environmental Resources
  • Economic Development
  • City of Billings Bricks & Mortar

Submissions for these funding causes must be submitted through the Billings Community Foundation annual grant cycle priority categories.

Grant Cycle Schedule
June 1 – June 30: Applications open
July 1 – July 31: Grant Committee Evaluation
August 1 – August 16: Donor Advised Fund and Endowment Selections
August 19 – August 23: Grant Recipient Notification
Wednesday, September 18th, 2019: Grant Awards Dinner