2018 Grant Cycle 

The 2018 grant cycle is now closed. The board has reviewed the proposals we received in April, and the letters letting applicants know whether they were successful were mailed on May 29.

2019 Grant Cycle
We will begin accepting proposals for 2019 starting next January. As always, the deadline for submitting an application is March 15.

To Apply
Review our grant guidelines to see if your project is one our foundation might support. If you decide to apply in 2019, please make sure to use this official application and carefully follow the application instructions.
For More Info
call: 406-461-8708

Grant Guidelines

In 1998, the Jerry Metcalf Foundation inaugurated its annual award program. Each spring, the Foundation awards around $50,000 to selected individuals and organizations. Most grants that have been awarded in our 17-year history have fallen between $1,000 to $15,000. The Foundation invites applications for the following purposes.

  • specific projects
  • buildings
  • assets and endowments
  • operation and administration costs
  • matching funds


The Foundation supports projects in these areas:

  • the visual, performing, and literary arts
  • historical research and preservation
  • environmental research and conservation
  • education and community health


Application Process & Timeline

We have honed our granting process to make it as efficient as possible.


Submit official application form (aka "the cover sheet") with a two-page letter of interest, which includes a narrative description of the project and a preliminary budget. Carefully follow these application instructions. If you do not, your proposal will not be reviewed. Letters of interest must be postmarked no later than March 15.


The board will review all complete applications that follow the instructions. Please Note: This year (2018), our board had to unexpectedly cancel its initial grant review meeting, which means that we will be notifying our grant recipients sometime in the week of May 21-15 instead of May 1. We still plan to mail grant checks (and announce the grant awards for each year) on June 8.


The board announces the grant awards for each year on June 8.

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