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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.”

COMMUNITY GRANTS


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 Ferguson County. Our clients include community funds throughout this service area, as well as numerous nonprofits and philanthropic minded individuals.

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:


Community and Regional Impact Grants – Support for organizations providing programs that respond to needs in the community.

The Billings Community Foundation believes strongly in the importance of local Community Foundations to support and respond to needs in our community and throughout the region. This Community and Regional Impact grant is intended to fund projects that respond to unmet needs in any of the following counties:

  • Bighorn
  • Carbon
  • Custer
  • Ferguson
  • Musselshell
  • Rosebud
  • Stillwater
  • Treasure
  • Yellowstone


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.

The Billings Community Foundation recognizes that most organizations strive to work more efficiently and effectively for greater impact. This capacity building grant is intended to strengthen and support our local community of nonprofit organizations in securing the assistance necessary to enhance organizational capacity, improve functions, and develop leaders.

The following activities will be supported:
  • Leadership Development
  • Board Training
  • Strategic Planning
  • Program Evaluation


Collaborative Grants – Support for two or more non-profit organizations working in unison on a common-purpose program or project.

The Billings Community Foundation values the importance of collaborative projects for greater impact within the community. According to the IRS Tax Exempt Organization Search, there are over 1,200 registered charitable organizations in Billings alone. This collaborative grant is intended to encourage collaboration between nonprofits with similar goals and programming to combine resources and maximize impact.


Endowment Challenge Grants- 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.

In recognition of over 40 years of advocacy on behalf of community foundation development, half of it in his home state of Montana, the Billings Community Foundation established “The Obert Undem Community Vitality Endowment Fund” in 2014. The fund celebrates Obert’s vision and tireless work on behalf of the Billings Community Foundation, the Montana Community Foundation, and his role as founding trustee and past president of the Arkansas Community Foundation.

This Endowment Building Grant is intended to honor and enhance Obert’s fine work by increasing or establishing the permanent endowments of regional nonprofits, creating long-term stability and capturing locally-created wealth for future generations.

Grant recipients will be awarded on September 18th and have until the end of the year to raised matching funds to earn the grant on a 1:2 basis. (Each dollar from BCF leverages two additional dollars. For instance, a $3,000 challenge grant would help leverage an additional $6,000, for a total of $9,000 in endowment growth.) The Endowment Challenge Grant and matching funds will be added to the non-profits existing Permanent Endowment fund held at the Billings Community Foundation, or used to establish a new one.


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.