Grantmaking

We know that women and girls have what it takes to lead us all to a brighter future when given the resources to do so.

Our Focus

The Women's Foundation of Montana (WFM) is most interested in projects that directly improve the ability of women and girls to become more economically successful. We have three focus areas for grantmaking.

1. Ensure all women have the tools, skills, and opportunities to reach their full economic potential.

  • Career and entrepreneurship programs
  • STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) programs
  • Financial literacy programs
  • Training and resources to increase women’s employability and earnings

2. Create systemic change to improve the economic status of women.

  • Advocate for public policies that improve the economic status of women
  • Conduct research in support of policy change that improves the economic status of women

3. Advance women’s leadership and power.

  • Increase the political participation of women
  • Increase women’s leadership skills

Since 1999, the Women’s Foundation of Montana has provided more than $850,000 in grants to more than 50 organizations that share its mission to advance economic independence for women and create a brighter future for girls.

About Grants

Grant sizes range from $1,000 to $10,000. Grant recipients must be a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. We support current programs, pilot projects, improved organizational efficiency, and advocacy campaigns. We value innovation, collaboration, and tangible, measurable results that are statewide or regional in nature. We are particularly interested in projects taking a two-generation approach.

We do not fund the following types of requests:

  • Educational scholarships or business loans for individuals
  • Capital campaigns for building projects
  • Endowment campaigns

Interested in applying for funding?

2020 Grant Cycle

In the wake of COVID-19, the 2020 grant cycle was focused on ensuring the survival of WFM’s long-time grantee partners. WFM granted $36,000 to ten organizations to support the survival of STEM programs, advocacy programs, leadership programs, entrepreneurship, and wage-negotiation classes.

Learn more

Meet a Grantee: Girls Thrive

Girls Thrive offers three multi-week sessions a year that empower girls. This small nonprofit in Helena has continued to thrive through dedication and innovation, despite the multitude of challenges this year.