2014 Community Grant Awards

Another Record Year for the Community Grant Program

The Whitefish Community Foundation set a new record high in giving to local nonprofits through the 2014 Community Grant Program. Just over $257,000 was distributed to a record 74 nonprofit organizations this year. This is over $60,000 more in funding from the Foundation’s annual grant program and compares to the $191,000 distributed last year during the November Awards Ceremony. Over half of the nonprofit grant requests received 100% of the requested amount. Awards ranged from $500 to $6,000 from the Foundation’s competitive grant program. Funding for the Foundation’s Grant Programs comes from The Circle of Giving, the annual Whitefish Duck Derby, the Summer Art Social, and interest from the Foundation’s growing Permanent Endowment Fund.

In addition to the Foundation’s Community Grant Program Awards, the Foundation also presented grants totaling $493,000 from nine of its Donor Advised Funds to local nonprofits during this evening. The Whitefish Mountain Resort awarded grants to 15 organizations from the Whitefish Mountain Resort Fund.  In all, a total of over $750,000 was awarded. Foundation Board President David Dittman welcomed more than 250 people to the 14th annual event held November 6th at the O’Shaughnessy Center.

The Iron Horse Foundation held by the Community Foundation presented a check for $250,000 to Whitefish School Board Trustees for the new Arts and Technology Wing, called the Center for Applied Media Arts and Sciences. With this contribution, along with the Major Grant Award from the Community Foundation of $25,000 and other recent private donations, the School fundraising campaign of $2.3M is nearing completion.

Many organizations were awarded several grants from both the Community Grants Program and the Donor-Advised Funds. North Valley Food Bank received six grants totaling over $23,000, Shepherd’s Hand Free Clinic received over $27,000 and North Valley Hospital Foundation was awarded $26,000. Programs that benefit the Whitefish School district received over $40,000 from the Whitefish Community Foundation to help fund projects in music, science, wellness, mental health counseling, meals and more. In all, almost 200 grants were awarded to 74 different nonprofit organizations or school programs.

Foundation Board Treasurer Jay Latimer presented the Great Fish Award to the Whitefish Figure Skating Club for its work on the Stumptown Ice Den Renovation. The Doris Schumm Community Spirit Award was presented by Past Board President Carol Atkinson to the Flathead Nordic Backcountry Patrol for its work on keeping skiers safe as they head out of area, and a new award, recognizing the major gift in memory of Russ and Mary Jane Street for Community Service was awarded by Board Member Emeritus Mike Jenson to the Whitefish Lake Institute for its work on monitoring Whitefish Lake for invasive species through the Inspect – Clean – Dry Campaign. All three awards came with an additional $1,000 grant.

Organization Name

Grant Designation

A Ray of Hope

Heating System for homeless shelter

Alpine Theatre Project

To purchase spotlight and Hazer unites

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flathead County

Fund an outing to Glacier National Park

Big Mountain Ski Club

Elementary Ski Program Support

Big Mountain Ski Patrol

Youth Avalanche Course Scholarship

Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation

For wilderness stewardship projects for   Whitefish youth

CASA for Kids

Support Child Advocate Training

Center for Restorative Youth Justice

To provide services for at-risk youth

Columbia Falls-Whitefish Swim Teams

Team Travel expenses to away meets

Community Action Partnership

Support Financial Literacy Program in Whitefish locations

DREAM Adaptive Recreation

Purchase of ski jackets with embroidered logo for use by volunteers during ski season

Family Forestry Expo

Purchase 1400 student workbooks

Farm Hands – Nourish the Flathead

Support Senior Coupon Program and EBT Machine


Funding for summer camp for autistic children

Flathead Audubon Society

Support for Conservation Education

Flathead Cancer Aid Services

Provide assistance to cancer patients

Flathead Nordic Backcountry Patrol

To outfit an equipment cache at the top of the Flower Point lift at WMR

Flathead Rapids Soccer Club

For equipment costs only

Flathead Shelter Friends

To equip a van for transporting animals to and from the County Shelter

Flathead Spay & Neuter Task Force

To Purchase storage shed for equipment

Flathead Valley Ski Education Foundation

Equipment upgrades

Gateway to Glacier Trail

For work on paved bike trail Hungry Horse

GIGL Childcare and Preschool

For the purchase of a new refrigerator

Glacier Institute


Glacier Nordic Club

New Grooming Snowmobile

Glacier Symphony and Chorale

To implement Festival Amadeus

Glacier Twins American Legion Baseball

Concession Stand Renovation

Habitat for Humanity of Flathead Valley

Construction costs for Affordable Homes Project

Hockaday Museum of Art

For outreach program in Whitefish schools

Human Therapy on Horseback

Fund therapy rider sessions

Intermountain Children’s Services

Support for its Full Family Foster Care   Program

KittyMOM’s Rescue Organization

To provide vet care to rescued animals

Lighthouse Christian Home and Services

Improve and expand supported living services

Montana Food Bank Network

Weekly Food Bag Program and School Pantry

N.C. Foundation

Student Assistance Program Support – Mental  Health

North Valley Food Bank

Support for Food Program for those in need.

North Valley Hospital Foundation

Purchase teddy bears for young patients

North Valley Music School

Support acoustic program

Olney-Bissell School District #58

Band Program support to purchase instruments and books

Ravenwood Outdoor


Riding On Insulin

Program costs for ski/snowboard camp at Whitefish Mountain Resort

Shepherd’s Hand Free Clinic

Support medications and dental supplies for Free Clinic

Special Olympics Montana

Support for Whitefish Winter Games

Stumptown Art Studio

WOW Project Support

Stumptown Players

For portable tools

Tamarack Grief Resource Center

Support to expand grief support and education

The Abbie Shelter (Violence Free Crisis Line)

Support Community Education Program on Domestic Violence awareness

The City of Whitefish Parks and Recreation Department


The Flathead Youth Home

Funding for Youth Home membership to Athletic Club

WAG – Whitefish Animal Group

Funding for an accessible path at the Hugh Rogers Wag Park

Whitefish Arts Council (WAC)

To Expand online and printed calendars and create new promotional materials

Whitefish Community Aquatic & Health Center


Whitefish Community Center

To fund activities program

Whitefish Community School

Purchase sensory materials for preschoolers

Whitefish Figure Skating Club

Purchase of equipment for use during ice   shows

Whitefish Firefighters Association

911 memorial garden

Whitefish Housing Authority

Purchase two washer and dryer sets

Whitefish Lake Institute

Support for Cultural History Project

Whitefish Legacy Partners

Support for educational materials and curriculum development for Whitefish Trails

Whitefish Library Association

Update Book Collection

Whitefish Review

For help in putting on two literacy events

Whitefish Rotary Charitable Fund

Magic of Christmas Program

Whitefish School District: Muldown

Sound Equipment for Muldown

Whitefish School District: High School

Support for GIS Equipment Needs

Whitefish School District: Orchestra Program Middle and High School

Purchase of 4 cellos

Whitefish School District: Middle School

Purchase of 10 Chrome Books for Middle School

Whitefish School District: Muldown School

Snack Program for Students in need

Whitefish School District: Muldown

Materials for second step program

Whitefish School District: Middle School

To Purtchase a set of concert chimes

Whitefish School District: Nikki Reed for Global Food Systems

Toward the Purchase of a Greenhouse for Global Food Systems Class

Whitefish School District: Performing Arts Center

Purchase a MacPro System for Technology Interface at PAC

Whitefish Shines

Purchase of materials for new holiday lighting garlands

Whitefish Theatre Co.

Purchase six wireless microphones and hardware

Whitefish Youth Soccer Organization

Purchase bleachers for soccer field