The Montana Community Foundation and the Montana Television Network will begin accepting grant applications on October 9th for funds from the MTN Montana Wildfire Relief Fund.
As of September 28, more than $283,000 has been donated to the fund.
The fund was created by MTN and the Montana Community Foundation to help organizations, first responders, and communities affected by the 2017 wildfire season.
Volunteer fire departments across Montana are encouraged to apply. The Montana Community Foundation is also working with dozens of smaller community foundations across the state to identify organizations that could use the help.
Organizers say 100 percent of the money donated to the fund will go to communities in Montana for wildfire relief.
Riley Meredith of the Montana Community Foundation said, “We won’t just be sending those checks out the door, and that will be the end of it. We also do follow-up visits. We ask for reporting. Nothing too onerous because we know these folks have other things to do, but we want to make sure that these dollars that folks across Montana and across the country have donated are being put to good use.”
More details about the application process will be posted within the next week or so.
Nearly 1,000 contributions have been made to the fund. Montana Television Network parent company Cordillera Communications donated $50,000; the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch Fund and Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation donated $50,000; the Montana Shirt Company contributed $25,000 to the fund.
American Bank and PureWest Christies International Real Estate have contributed $10,000 each.
The Shopko Foundation and the Alice Lee Lund Charitable Trust have each donated $5,000.
GIVE BY MAIL: Mail your check payable to the Montana Community Foundation, PO Box 1145, Helena, MT 59624-1145. Write “Montana Fire Relief Fund” in the memo line.
GIVE ONLINE: Click here