The Grants Committee (5 to 7 persons) is appointed by the executive committee of the Billings Community Foundation Board of Directors on an annual basis. It is comprised of five to seven individuals who are current or past Board Members and Advisory Board Members. These individuals are responsible for scoring each application in accordance with the Foundation’s Grant Policies and Evaluation Criteria.
*Individuals from outside organizations may not participate.
Grant Committee Conflict of Interest
Any Grant Committee member that currently serves on a non-profit board may not vote on the submission of that entity. In addition, if any committee member that has a personal bias toward any type or individual non-profit they will recuse themselves from evaluating that submission. Each committee member shall report the above to the committee chair prior to scoring. Final scoring and ranking will then be based on the average of the other committee member’s scores.
Grant Scoring and Awarding
The grants will be awarded by score. This score will be tallied using the average combined scores from each Grant Committee Members.
* The Grants Committee is not required to distribute grants in every priority area.
* The Grants Committee retains the right to deviate from awards based solely on score.
Grant Scoring Values and Evaluation
The Billings Community Foundation Grants Committee uses the following values to assist in their individual scoring of each grant application. Each grant should:
- Identify significant needs in the community and the greater Yellowstone Valley Region. Grants should directly impact the community and provide information related to the documented lack of services, unmet need, statistical data, etc.
- Benefit the greatest number of people in the most underserved populations.
- Have both qualitative and quantitative outcomes for measurement.
- Demonstrate a high level of success and completion within the designated 1-year timeframe.
2021 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:
- 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.