Saturday, April 10, 2021

Community Foundation awards spring grants

| March 31, 2021 1:00 AM

The Whitefish Community Foundation during its Spring Community Grant cycle recently awarded $56,294 to 17 local nonprofits.

The Community Foundation Board of Directors was pleased to field successful applications from Columbia Falls, Eureka, Kalispell and Whitefish based organizations, and to fund a wide variety of programs serving residents of the entire Flathead Valley.

Organizations will be able to immediately access funds for the following projects:

• City of Whitefish Parks and Recreation Program - $4,000 to support Stumptown Summer Day Camp scholarship

• Columbia Falls-Whitefish High School Swim Teams - $4,000 to support the self-funded high school swim programs

• Columbia Falls Bookmobile - $4,000 to further literacy and food security

• Creative Arts Council of Eureka - $2,500 for arts program scholarships

• Flathead Community Health Center - $3,000 to subsidize the cost of out-patient medication, diabetic supplies, and transportation

• Flathead Rivers Alliance - $3,000 to design and implement a Flathead River Ambassador Program

• Funding Families with Type I Diabetes - $4,000 to support the Type I Diabetes summer youth camp

• Girls on the Run Flathead Valley - $4,000 in scholarship support for the third to fifth grade girls running and life skills program

• Glacier Queer Alliance – $4,000 for LGBTQ+ community workshops to support queer friends, family, coworkers and Valley residents

• Immanuel Foundation - $2,000 to help construct a dedicated hospice room

• Northwest Montana Back County Horsemen - $2,000 to teach 4-H youth how to Pack on Stock and ensure horses are trail-safe

• Rails to Trails of Northwest Montana - $4,000 for pedestrian tunnel art murals

• The Vital Ground Foundation- $2,500 to permanently protect 11 acres north of Polebridge, adjacent to Glacier National Park

• Whitefish Freestyle - $3,000 to support skier and snowboarder scholarships

• Whitefish Fire Department - $4,000 to outfit volunteer firefighters with fireproof coats and pants

• Whitefish Safe Grad Night - $3,000 for the annual safe graduation celebration

• Whitefish Shines - $3,294 to light snowflakes, and provide for their safe storage

Whitefish Community Foundation encourages local nonprofits to apply to participate in the Day of Giving and Unity, a 28-hour campaign from 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 4 to noon on May 5. For information about how to apply to participate in the Day of Giving and Unity and the upcoming Great Fish Community Challenge, visit or call 406-863-1781.

The Whitefish Community Foundation is dedicated to fostering philanthropy, building endowments and helping donors and nonprofits benefit communities.