The Bozeman Area Community Foundation is connecting people who care to causes that matter in the Bozeman area. The Bozeman Area Community Foundation recognizes that it takes a community of leaders to work together to solve challenges, seize opportunities, and meet the needs of our growing valley. For 2016, the Foundation made fewer, larger grants to support organizations that are stepping up and out to lead in creative and impactful ways. On March 31st, 2016, $2,000 in grant funding was distributed through a competitive grants process to 12 local nonprofits for a total of $24,000 distributed in grants. Learn more about our grantees below!
Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation
Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation’s (ASC) Gallatin Microplastic initiative is a focused study to determine microplastic entry points in Gallatin watershed and to cultivate a reduction of these potentially toxic plastics. In the first year of this multi-year project, more than 60 local volunteers have donated their time to help ASC improve the environmental quality of the Gallatin Valley. Outdoor athletes from our area are uniquely equipped to access remote locations on the Gallatin watershed in all seasons.
Anchor Ministries Center
God’s Garden has provided 170,562 pounds of produce to the Food Bank in the last 7 years. God’s Garden provides on average 24,366 pounds of produce to the Gallatin Valley Food Bank each year. The Food Bank provides the food to the whole Gallatin Valley, the Café, and the Summer Lunch Program. Grant funding from BACF allowed God’s Garden to purchase a hot house. The hot house extends the growning season by 6-8 weeks, allowing God’s Garden to also grow green bell peppers. The Garden is all entirely volunteer run and relies particularly on teen volunteers.
Project Description: General Program Support – Befrienders
Befrienders is a non-profit program whose mission is to enhance the quality of life by “befriending” our aging population. Due to life transition, physical limitations or other circumstances, seniors may have limited social interaction. Befrienders matches a volunteer and a senior together to spend at least an hour each week doing a variety of activities, such as going out to lunch, playing games or just talking. Befrienders was established in 1993 and has brought many generations together in a mutually rewarding relationship by honoring the human spirit and provding life-enriching volunteer opportunities. The program is free and open to seniors age 65 and older and volunteers age 18 and older.
Bridger Ski Foundation
Part of what makes winter so special in the Gallatin Valley is the opportunity to get outside in the snow and enjoy the scenic beauty of a trail close to home. The Bridger Ski Foundation (BSF) regularly grooms 45 kilometers of ski trails in town and another 30 kilometers as needed at Hyalite every winter. BSF sells Community Nordic Trail Passes to help pay for the cost of maintaining and grooming these trails every year. Purchase of these passes is entirely voluntary, which means that anyone who would like to do so may use our trail system for free. Pass sales cover approximately 30% of our annual trail grooming costs.Funding from the Bozeman Area Community Foundation (BACF) will help cover the cost of grooming our most popular and heavily used in-town Nordic trails at Lindley Park.
Bridgercare’s mission is to provide excellent, affordable reproductive and sexual healthcare and education in a safe, supportive, empowering atmosphere. Patient fees are based on income and family size, and are discounted on our sliding fee scale. No one is denied services due to inability to pay. Bridgercare provides reproductive and sexual health care for women and men with special focus on adolescent health, family planning, mid-life sexuality and LGBTQ health issues. Working with HAVEN, BridgerCare trained a cohort of Bozeman High School students to formally and informally teach their peers about sexual and reproductive health, including such topics as intimate partner violence, STIs, contraception, gender and sexuality.
Cancer Support Community
Grant funding from BACF will provide empowerment for high school and college students in two important ways. First, Cancer Support Community staff will collaborate with Bozeman High School to enhance their Teen Advocacy group called Aspen Roots. Through collective leadership, youth affected by cancer will be empowered to bring their voice forward and help others affected by cancer, as well as provide a platform to talk openly about how cancer affects their life. Secondly, Cancer Support Community will partner with students at MSU who are either pediatric cancer survivors or affected by cancer and help them develop a leadership role in the evolution of a support system for students and staff of the MSU community.
Funding Type: Program Support
Eagle Mount is committed to provide therapeutic recreational opportunities for people with disabilities or cancer, and to provide support for families of participants. Funding from BACF supports the expansion of services to family members and siblings of Eagle Mount participants. While Eagle Mount cannot eliminate the challenges of raising a child with special needs, their programming reduces the isolation, the fear, and the burnout that parents suffer from. Eagle Mount hopes to expand their programming for dads and siblings and develop family retreats/camps for maximum impact.
Local agriculture has grown in popularity and size in Bozeman, but it faces significant challenges, especially the supply of farmland. This project will spur an informed local discussion of these challenges. It will assess the current state and future potential of local agriculture in the region; analyze the local supply of land suitable for local agricultural use; and seek solutions to the challenges to local agriculture from growing demand for homes which reduces land and drive up land prices. This work will be used to spur a local decision-making process regarding this issue.
Gallatin Valley Farm to School
Funding Type: Project Support
Gallatin Valley Farm to School cultivates healthy kids, vibrant farms and strong communities by connecting schools and local food producers in the Gallatin Valley, Montana. Beginning in 2015, GVF2S began partnering with the Monforton School District to teach lessons in the classroom, assist the Foodservice Director with local food procurement, act as an adviser to the wellness committee, and assist with school infrastructure support.
End the Silence is a survivor speakers bureau, modeled after an evidence-based program developed by Casa de Esperanza in Minneapolis, MN. This program is currently in its pilot phase with four survivors having completed a 7-week training program on how to educate their communities about domestic violence prevention, while HAVEN staff provide one-on-one support and advocacy for the program’s trainees. The survivors in the program are then in the leadership role of educating our community on domestic violence, helping HAVEN meet two of its strategic goals: empowering our community with knowledge of abuse prevention and empowering survivors. The program has shown significant increases in leadership skills, self-efficacy and understanding of domestic violence among program participants.
HRDC, District IX
Project Description: HRDC, District IX –
Youth Traditional Housing
HRDC has purchased a home to house youth ages 16-21 who are experiencing homelessness. The vision and mission of the home is to assist youth in building independent living skills and successfully transitioning them to independent living after leaving. We have a resident manager, a case manager and a program manager focusing intense effort to support youth in this program. Since opening since November, the house has 3 youth residents and can accomodate 3 more for a total of 6 residents. 32 productive hours are required and youth are engaged in an independent living skills (ILS) program. In the ILS program youth set goals in areas such as: money management, food management, personal appearance, hygiene, health, housekeeping, transportation, education, job seeking skills, safety skills, interpersonal skills, knowledge of community resources, legal skills, and pregnancy prevention/parenting skills.
Montana Ballet Company
Montana Ballet Company – Discover Dance
The goal of Discover Dance is to provide a comprehensive educational experience for all kindergarten through second grade children in Bozeman and surrounding regions. Montana Ballet Company creates pre-performance classroom materials and activities so teachers can explore ballet history, terms, technique, theater etiquette and the specific ballet narrative and music with students in advance of the performance. At the theater, children meet MBC’s Artistic Director, dancers, musicians and stage technicians, and have an interactive discussion. Children watch vignettes from the full ballet accompanied by live music. Children join MBC dancers in movement exercises and choreographic exploration in the performance space. Following the trip to the theater, teachers help students create artwork, poetry and other reflective work to help integrate the live arts experience.