April 2024 Grant News

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Grantee Spotlight – Hands On Global, Inc.

Photo compliments of Jeanie Warden

In March, Hands On Global, Inc., in collaboration with several community organizations, hosted a film screening and panel discussion to explore issues surrounding homelessness in Helena. The film examined the causes and effects on both the unsheltered and other members of the Helena community. It also shared detailed information about community organizations providing services and leading initiatives to address homelessness. The panel discussion allowed community members an opportunity to ask questions and offer ideas for viable solutions. Hands On Global’s executive director, Valerie Hellermann, felt “the film and presentation humanized this population and encouraged the Helena community to consider the complexity of navigating services and solutions,” and noted, “it evoked a sincere willingness to address the issue and understand the barriers.”

Thank you to Hands on Global, Inc. and all contributors to the film, the panelists, and participating community members for exploring this shared human experience.

Free Grant-Writing Workshop in Poplar, May 15

We are excited to announce that Fort Peck Community College and the James E. Shanley Tribal Library have graciously offered to host our next free grant-writing workshop in Poplar, Montana, in May.

Humanities Montana and The Foundation for Montana History invite community members from Poplar and the surrounding area to participate in this free grant-writing workshop and community listening session on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at the James E. Shanley Tribal Library. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Registration is required, and space is limited to 20 attendees.

In addition to the workshop, community members are invited to participate in a facilitated discussion with Humanities Montana about how humanities programming can best serve communities across Montana. We are interested in learning more about your experiences with the humanities and exploring ways in which the humanities can provide meaningful support for community building.

The workshop and listening session are part of the United We Stand: Connecting Through Culture initiative funded through the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). United We Stand: Connecting Through Culture supports humanities programming that fosters cross-cultural understanding, empathy, and community resilience; educates the public on the history of domestic extremism and hate-based violence; and promotes civic engagement, information literacy, and social cohesion through strategic partnership, community-building, and ongoing public engagement; and/or deepens public understanding of and contextualizes community, state, and national history.

Recent Awardees

Congratulations to our most recent grantees! To learn more about these inspiring organizations and their projects, visit our grants awarded and check our events calendar for details about upcoming grantee events.

Big Sky Reads

Book Talk Book Club, Stillwater County Library, Columbus, MT, $500. The Book Talk Book Club, hosted by the Stillwater County Library in Columbus, Montana, meets on the second Tuesday of each month. For more information about Book Talk Book Club, contact Kayli at slibrary@stillwatercountylibrary.org or at (406) 322-5009 or visit their website.


The Journey of York: Unsung Hero of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Jefferson River Chapter Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Pony, MT, $2,000. The Jefferson River Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation is bringing Hasan Davis, a York subject matter expert, to Montana this summer as part of the annual speaker’s series at the Missouri Headwaters and Madison Buffalo Jump State Park. Mr. Davis will offer a theatrical presentation titled “The Journey of York: Unsung Hero of the Lewis and Clark Expedition,” plus a discussion including a question-and-answer session. The program will bring awareness and appreciation of the story of York (William Clark’s slave) and his contributions to the success of the Lewis and Clark expedition.