Community Grants Program
Known by guests for caring, attentive service, the staff at Mountain Sky works to earn that same reputation in the local community. Throughout the year, our staff gives back to the communities in which they live and work — through their physical involvement, personal philanthropy and through grants made to non-profit organizations by the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch Fund. Established in 2001, the Fund has exceeded $4 million in grants.
The mission of the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch Fund is to enhance the quality of life for the residents of Park and Gallatin Counties in Montana. The Mountain Sky staff is especially interested in supporting projects in rural areas where resources and services are limited, to address community challenges.
The Fund traditionally makes grants for a period of one year. The Mountain Sky staff will consider funding for additional years based on demonstrated growth in three areas: new and diversified funding sources; increased impact on the community; and innovative leadership in collaborations.
Our priority is supporting creative approaches and innovative programs that expand opportunities for participation beyond current levels in Park and Gallatin counties with a preference to approaches that serve the region’s rural areas.
The Fund will only consider organizations that can demonstrate the ability to foster creative community cooperation and collaboration.
Youth Empowerment and Development
The Fund seeks creative nonprofit efforts to improve youth development and nurture young leaders. The Fund is especially interested in programs that empower youth and cultivate young stewards of land and wildlife through education, challenges of physical activity, wilderness experiences and outdoor adventure; this includes programs that introduce youth and their families to area natural resources. Proposals that incorporate service-learning projects for youth will receive more consideration.
Early Childhood Development
The fund will award grants to organizations providing children, birth to five, with quality opportunities that will prepare them for successful lifelong development.