MISSOULA, Mont. — Twenty-nine historic preservation projects are receiving grants across the state.
The Foundation for Montana History announced more than $222,000 in funding.
This is the largest amount awarded in one year since the grant program began in 2012.
The foundation gives up to $10,000 per project.
The Foundation for Montana History released the following information:
The Foundation for Montana History awards 29 projects across the state a total of $222,460 in grants for history projects in 2023. This marks the largest amount awarded in one year since the grant program began in 2012 and brings the Foundation’s total funding for community-based history projects to over $1.5 million to date.
“Growing our grant program is at the core of our mission,” says President/CEO Charlene Porsild. “The milestones reached [this year] make us more determined than ever to continue mobilizing the generosity of donors on behalf of community-based history across the state.”
The Foundation grants up to $10,000 per project. This year, funding supports projects from Lincoln to Carter counties. Four of the 29 projects include:
-A New Roof for the Historic Libby Hotel, Libby, $10,000: The Friends of Historic Hotel Libby will use The Foundation funds to install a new roof on Hotel Libby. This is the first step in a multi-phase preservation project to eventually restore and reopen the hotel to the public.
-The Story of Us: Women Who Shaped Montana History Documentary, Bozeman, $10,000: A grant from The Foundation will help The Extreme History Project produce two new episodes as part of the popular documentary series “The Story of Us.” The series highlights the stories of unsung female figures in Montana’s history.
-Railroad Passenger Car Restoration, Harlowton, $10,000: The Foundation funds will help the Harlowton City County Preservation Committee restore the roof of a historic Milwaukee Railroad passenger car.
-Historic Photo Collection Digitization, Colstrip, $2,500: A $2,500 grant from The Foundation will help the Schoolhouse History & Art Center digitize their collection of 43 year books from Colstrip High School in addition to local photographer Wes Chapman’s collection of historic photos in the community.
“We are so excited to continue working on future episodes of The Story of Us,” says Crystal Alegria with The Extreme History Project. “We couldn't do it without the support of The Foundation for Montana History!”
The Foundation for Montana History is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity raising money for history and preservation projects across Montana. You can see a complete list of our 2023 grants here. For more information about The Foundation for Montana History, or for help contacting any of our 2023 grantees, please contact Zachary Coe at firstname.lastname@example.org.