Our goal is for individuals across the state to have the tools and opportunity to build a life and shape a future that isn’t held back by their gender.
Our Grant-Making Priorities
We are proud of our nearly 25-year history, but we know that women face different challenges than they did decades ago. After listening to grantees, partners, and donors, we understand that the Women’s Foundation of Montana can and should do more to meet the short-term economic needs and address the systems that support long-term change for all women in our state.
In 2023, we shifted our grant-making strategy to deepen our commitment to building an economy that works for all women—one where women can define success for themselves.
WFM funding priorities include organizations that:
- Support education, training, and access to capital for women;
- Improve wages, benefits, and workforce policies for women;
- Provide direct services to meet basic needs;
- Advocate for public policies for women, such as childcare and health care; or
- Increase the political participation of women.
Grant sizes typically range from $1,000 to $10,000. We fund both through a competitive grant system and invitations to apply. Our funds support programs and organizations according to our priorities and commit to giving particular attention to organizations that center the needs of Indigenous women and women in rural Montana.
WFM will open a grant cycle in early 2024.
Meet a Grantee: Red Ants Pants Foundation
Red Ants Pants Foundation's Mission is: To develop and expand leadership roles for women. To preserve and support working family farms and ranches. To enrich and promote rural communities.