Grants & Revenue Development

The Center wants to help Montana communities apply for grants that fit your unique needs and dreams. The resources on this page can help. See the Grant Toolkit below to find grants relevant to Montana communities, develop grant-writing skills and knowledge, and apply for grants.

You can also contact the Center directly. The Center can provide concrete help to prepare for and write grants. We want to hear from you! Email policyinaction@umontana.edu with questions or requests for help.

The Center’s grant services are made possible through our partnership with Headwaters Foundation.

Toolkit for Grant Writers

Find grants

The tables on this page list grants from multiple sources. The grants have been reviewed for their relevance to Montana and include grants for rural communities. The grant tables are updated weekly. Grants that are relevant in more than one category are listed in all applicable tables.

Grants with Open Deadlines

Open Grants can be accessed throughout the year.

Local Grants

Grants for local, county, and regional organizations of all types.
  • Current Local Grants Current grants with upcoming due dates
  • Past Due Local Grants with recently passed deadlines; reading through this list can provide information about funders for different types of agencies and projects

Tribal Grants

Grants for tribal governments and organizations. Many of the listed grants are only open to tribal entities.
  • Current Tribal Grants Current grants with upcoming due dates
  • Past Due Tribal Grants with recently passed deadlines; reading through this list can provide information about funders for different types of agencies and projects

State Grants

Theses grants are most relevant for state government and larger statewide efforts.
  • Biweekly Grant Forecasts Forecasts of upcoming grants, shared every two weeks. You can access all forecasts from the current calendar year.

Public Health Grants

Grants for local, county, and regional public health departments.
Develop grant-writing skills

Writing grants is a skill that can be learned. Organizational and writing skills can be honed through study, practice, and mentorship.

Toolkit for Grant Writers is a short training on the fundamentals of putting together a grant. The Toolkit outlines the information typically required in grant applications, with suggestions and examples.

You can strengthen your grant by proposing evidence-based interventions. The Center’s resource document on evidence-based practices provides links to collections of evidence-based programs across multiple sectors, as well as links to tools for adapting those programs to different communities and groups.

Use the Data into Action toolkit to help you better access data, assess community needs, and evaluate programs and interventions.

The Center welcomes request to research grants for specific projects or areas of need. Email policyinaction@umontana.edu to make a request.

Apply for grants

The Center can provide concrete help with grants for Montana organizations whose projects improve the lives of Montana children and families. Types of assistance include:

  • Finding data to support the proposal
  • Developing budgets and sustainability plans
  • Helping to create an evaluation strategy
  • Locating evidence-based practices
  • Editing
  • Hiring a grant writer (up to 10 grants per year)

We want to hear from you! Email policyinaction@umontana.edu with questions or requests for help.

Other resources

Grants.gov Full listing of federal grants

Rural Health Information Hub  Continually updated grants list for programs that promote health and well-being in and for rural communities

990 Finder  A database of 990 tax forms from private foundations, public charities, and other non-profits who fund all kinds of community work. Search 990 forms by organization name, state, or zip code to learn more about who funds what in your area

Philanthropy News Digest  Search funding opportunities across a wide range of subjects – from agriculture, to mental health, to arts and culture. Most of the funding is earmarked for specific cities or states

Grants.gov community blog Resources for writing effective federal grants  

Nonprofitready.org Free online courses on grant-writing basics