Major Grant to Trust for Public Lands

Chris Boyer, Kestrelaerial.com

Whitefish Community Foundation Board of Directors recently announced a Major Grant award of $20,000 for the Trust for Public Land. The Award will finish the fundraising campaign for the first phase of the Stillwater Project, the third project of the Trust’s Whitefish Watershed effort. The Trust secured federal, state and private funding for the easement covering 7,000 acres and the final $20,000 was needed to complete the project. The conservation easement will protect vital watershed that flows from the Stillwater Basin into Whitefish Lake.

The Community Foundation is proud to be a part of such a critical project that helps protect the future of Whitefish’s community water. The Trust has been working on this project with public and private partners. When the Community Foundation was informed of the final funding gap required to complete it, the Board along with two fund holders stepped up with grant funds to cover it.

This is the third Major Grant awarded in 2017 from the Whitefish Community Foundation, including the $38,500 Grant to Whitefish Lake Institute to help the Institute carry out the most comprehensive zebra and quagga mussel prevention program in the state, and $25,000 for the Center for Sustainability and Entrepreneurship at Whitefish High School.

Finishing off the granting year with this Major Grant gave Whitefish Community Foundation a strong finish to the already robust granting year. Whitefish Community Foundation awarded $89,915 to 35 nonprofits through the Community Grant program, $10,600 in Micro and Emergency Grants, $15,500 in incentive grants, and a grand total of $2,025,834 going to 45 nonprofits in the 2017 Great Fish Community Challenge. In all, the Foundation awarded more than $2,191,015 in grants to support local projects and programs in 2017.

Learn more about WCF Major Project Grants and other granting opportunities HERE.