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National Medal for Museum and Library Services
Institute of Museum and Library Services - $10,000.
This award recognizes institutions that go above and beyond and make significant contributions to their communities.  A library can be nominated by one of its employees or by a member of the community.  The nomination needs to describe the library's goal in serving the community, the population served, community collaboration and outcome, and future projections.
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The Libri Foundation is a nationwide organization that donates children's books to rural public libraries.
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The Alibris Collection Award
$3000 worth of books to academic, public, and school libraries.
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We the People Bookshelf
National Endowment for the Humanities/ALA
This special initiative is for public and K-12 school libraries.   It will provide 3,000 libraries with a collection of 17 classic hardcover books for young readers related to the "Created Equal" Bookshelf theme.
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Comcast Foundation
The Comcast Foundation was established by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 and is the company's chief source of charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $12 million in grants to non-profit organizations in Comcast communities nationwide. The Foundation primarily funds programs in the areas of literacy and reading, volunteerism, and youth leadership that create significant and measurable results. Find out more... 

W. K. Kellogg Foundation
Provides grants that support youth development and/or learning.
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Verizon Foundation Literacy Grants
Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis through Nov. 1 for literacy grants from the Verizon Foundation. The purpose of these grants is to improve literacy and technology programs to help meet the challenges of learning in the 21st Century. Find out more... 

Foundations who give to educational institutions and/or libraries in Montana

Leaw Family Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 1629
Missoula, MT 59806-1629
Contact Jan Parks, Treas.
Fields of interest: arts, environment, human services, children services
*Send a letter with project budget

Browning-Kimball Foundation
P.O. Box 375
Great Falls, MT 59403 Phone: (406)454-1433
Contact: William S. MacFadden, Administrator
Fields of interest: children, youth, and social service as well as mental health
*Request application package

First Interstate BancSystem Foundation, Inc.
490 North 31st St, Ste. 300
Billings, MT 59101 Phone: (406) 255-5393
Contact James Scott, President
Fields of interest: arts, education, community development, government/public administration. (Gives in areas of company operations.)
*Contact foundation for an application form

Burke Family Foundation, Inc.
c/o John J. Burke
50 Burning Tree Lane
Butte, MT 59701
Fields of interest: educational or literary
*Letter with purpose of grant and award amount requested

Darkenwald Foundation, Inc.
c/o Austin Darkenwald
P.O. Box 870
Bigfork, MT 59911-0870
*Applications must be submitted in the form of a descriptive letter

Ila B. Dousman Fund, Inc.
c/o Carole Erickson
2028 Windemere Ct.
Missoula, MT 59803
Interests; cultural programs, historic preservation, youth, general charitable giving
*Application must include reason for requiring funds, proof of financial need, amount requested, and proof of 501c(3) status

Annie MacLay Leffingwell Foundation
c/o Helena S. MacLay
P.O. Box 9197
Missoula, MT 59807-9197
Interests: Nonprofit organizations proving needed service for Ravalli County (has given to Bitterroot Public Library).
*Letter (no more than 2 pages) that includes the following

  • Description in first paragraph of the purpose for which funding is sought and the amount requested
  • A description of applicant organization, its mission, and annual budget
  • List other sources of financing the applicant has or will seek
  • Attach a copy of organization's IRS determination letter and list board members. Identify who will sign any grant documents

U.S. Bancorp Foundation
c/o Wayne Hirsh
U.S. Bank EP-MT-0520
303 N. Broadway
Billings, MT 59101

Wells Fargo Foundation
c/o Patrice Elliott
175 North 27th St.
Billings, MT 59102

  • Montana State Library
  • P.O. Box 201800, 1515 East 6th Avenue
  • Helena, MT 59620-1800
  • Phone: (406) 444-3115
  • Fax: (406) 444-0266
  • msl.mt.gov