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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.”

GRANTEE IMPACT STORIES


Billings Community Foundation 2019 Grants Program

The Billings Community Foundation (BCF) is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, innovative community foundation governed by local citizens promoting philanthropy and charitable giving. 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.

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:

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

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.

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

Endowment Building - 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.


2018 Billings Community Foundaiton Grant Awardees

Alternatives Inc. – This grant will assist the organization’s Billings Groundswell therapeutic gardening  program, which collaborates with Passages, a woman’s correctional facility, to provide food for the Friendship House of Christian Service and the south side community.  

Angela’s Piazza: Woman’s Drop-In Center – This grant will assist in funding this organization’s three educational programs: Domestic Violence Education, Nurturing Parenting Program, and the Daughters of Tradition program, which promotes making safer choices.

Ballantine United Lunch & Food Box – This past January, the program’s old oil furnace broke and they had to replace the system. This grant will assist in getting the system up and running by purchasing a new propane fuel tank.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yellowstone County – This grant will support the lunch buddies program, which provides one-to-one mentoring for children at risk. This is a collaborative effort between Rocky Mountain College and Highland Elementary School.

Big Horn County Library – This grant will support the Libraries Rock summer reading program for preschool through 6th grade children during the summer months.  

Billings School District 2: Medicine Crow School – This grant will provide developmentally appropriate exercise equipment for special needs students at the school.  

Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale – This grant will assist the Explore Music Program which is held at the Billings Public Library.  This program provides access to the arts for the underserved youth in our community.

Boys & Girls Club of Red Lodge & the Beartooth Front – This grant will assist in supporting the organization’s after school meals program.

Education Foundation for Billings Public Schools – The Reading Rocks program is provided in conjunction with schools’ free lunch program in the parks. This grant will assist the program in helping to reverse low-income students’ loss of reading achievement.   

Helping Hands in Hardin Food Bank – Helping Hands fights hunger in Big Horn County. This grant will assist in providing emergency food boxes to poverty-stricken families.  

High Plains Book Awards & Friends of the Billings Public Library Foundation Collaborative Grant – This grant will assist in purchasing the books from the 2018 awards program for the library book clubs.  

Laurel FFA Alumni – This grant will assist in expansion of technology in the Legacy Greenhouse Lab, which provides innovative agricultural education for school-aged children.  

Montana Audubon Center – This grant will assist with funding for the scholarship program, which provides outdoor education and learning for low income and at-risk youth.  

Montana Rescue Mission – This grant will assist in remodeling the Woman and Children’s Shelter lobby area to provide much needed security for the facility.  

Montana Wilderness Association – This grant will assist in funding the trail stewardship volunteer program that will improve trail conditions for the Nichols Trail at the base of the Red Lodge Ski area on Forest Service land.  

Rocky Mountain College & Wise Wonders Children’s Museum Collaborative Grant – This grant will assist with the mobile outreach science program that provides hands-on STEM activities introducing children to a culture of learning and discovery.   

Western Heritage Center – This grant will assist in funding the long-term travelling display of the “Not in Our Town” posters. This program provides education toward reducing hatred and intolerance.

Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter – This grant will assist with a variety of animal care services for those not able to pay standard veterinary rates. The program includes spay/neuter clinics, medical care, vaccinations, and critical medical care. These programs greatly assist in lowering the number of unwanted and stray animals in our community.