2021 Grants Awarded
Film & Video Grants will be listed here as we award them.
Worlds Apart But Not Strangers, The Olga Lengyel Institute, New York City, $4,000. HM will support a summer teacher institute exploring Holocaust education as well as Indian Education for All studies.
Modernize School District Native American Cultural Boxes, Missoula County Public Schools, Missoula, $1,944.19. Humanities Montana grant funds will be used to upgrade four Native American culture boxes.
2021 Montana Book Festival, Montana Book Festival, Missoula, $5,000. The festival celebrates the literature of the west through readings, panels, and workshops.
Indigenous Organizing and Voting Rights, Forward Montana Foundation, Missoula, $4,000. Forward Montana will work with Indigenous scholars and educators to develop an Underage Democracy template on Indigenous organizing and voting rights.
William Andrews Clark and Art of the Gilded Age, Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives, Butte, $7,500. Six paintings from the William A. Clark Collection will be exhibited in the Archives accompanied by textual interpretation and humanities programming.
Visiting Writer: Michael Pollan, Elk River Arts & Lectures, Livingston, $1,500. HM funds will support a residency by the acclaimed writer who will work with students and give public programs.
James Welch Literary Festival, Aasaisstto Language Society, East Glacier, $2,500. Funding to support planning for a festival celebrating Native American literature scheduled for summer 2022.
Carbon County Historical Society 2021 Lecture Series, Carbon County Historical Society, Red Lodge, $4,231. Support for a monthly lecture series focusing on regional historical events, people, cultures, and the natural environment.
Crow Summer Institute 2021: Training for Newly Released Crow Dictionary, Crow Language Consortium, Hardin, $8,000. Funding for a three-week training event including beginning phonology and communicative skills.
Children’s Festival of the Book 2021, Bozeman Public Library Foundation, Bozeman, $4,000. The thirteenth annual Children’s Festival of the Book will feature author Chris Barton and author/illustrator Don Tate, November 13, 2021.
The Write Question, UM Broadcast Media Center, Missoula, $5,000. This Montana Public Radio program features authors from Montana, the American West, and beyond.
Montana International Film Festival Expert Panel Discussions, MINT Film MT, Billings, $6,000. Humanities Montana funds will support panels on indigenous voices, women in film, and films made in Montana.
2021 High Plains Bookfest and Book Awards, Billings Cultural Partners, Billings, $3,000. The nineteenth annual High Plains Bookfest is a three-day celebration of the literature of seven western states and three Canadian provinces.
Fourth Annual Michif Heritage Keepers Music, History, and Art Festival, Mitchif Heritage Keepers, Choteau, $4,500. The fourth annual Michif festival will provide instruction on traditional Metis dances, presentations on Metis music, and traditional Metis food and language workshops.
Stillwater Historical Society, Columbus, $10,000
Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, $10,000
Michif Heritage Keepers, Billings, $10,000
Cascade County Historical Society, Great Falls, $10,000
A VOICE – Art, Vision, and Outreach in Community Education, Polson, $10,000
Tobacco Valley Board of History, Eureka, $5,000
Traveler’s Rest Preservation and Heritage Association, Lolo, $10,000
Northwest Montana Historical Society, Kalispell, $10,000
Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History, Missoula, $9,000
Merlin CCC, Helena, $10,000
Sunburst Arts and Education, Eureka, $5,000
ImagineIF Library Foundation, Kalispell, $10,000
Alpine Artisans, Seeley Lake, $10,000
Public Exhibit on Glacier National Park at the Helena Regional Airport, Helena High School, Helena, MT, $1,000. Humanities Montana funds support the purchase of materials in this semester-long project to create an exhibit focusing on the Native American presence in the park.
Glacier on the Go, Helena High School, Helena, MT, $1,000. This grant supports the creation of history trunks full of activities and information on the Native American history of Glacier Park, its creation and development as a national park, and its wildlife and plants that will be available to every fourth-grade student in the city.
Teen Book Boxes, Billings Public Library, Billings, $1,000. Humanities Montana funds will go toward creating themed boxes featuring one or more books plus surprise items related to the book.
Pan(demic) Pals Project, Big Sky Senior Services, Billings, $1,000. Support of a project to connect seniors and students in an intergenerational letter-writing campaign through which participants can share personal histories, develop listening skills and empathetic inquiry, and reengage with the broader Billings community.
Montana History Foundation Grant Writing Workshop Series, Montana History Foundation, Helena, $1,000. Humanities Montana funds will support four half-day grant writing workshops in Chinook, Jordan, Big Timber, and Philipsburg providing concrete steps for developing a strong project idea, crafting a fundable proposal, and creating a practical budget.
Food for Thought, An Evening of Great Conversation, Billings Public Library Foundation, Billings, $999. This is the 16th annual fundraiser for the Billings Public Library featuring table hosts leading conversations with community members. The 2021 event will be virtual which will allow the Foundation to broaden their reach.
Preserve Montana Book Club: The Literary Landscapes of White Sulphur Springs, Montana Preservation Alliance, Helena, $1,000. Support for a virtual book club reflecting the rural heritage and culture of central Montana, focusing on the work of Ivan Doig, E. Taylor Gordon, and other notable historical writers of this region.
A Review of Salish Astronomical Knowledge, Shandin Pete, Arlee, $4,000. This research fellowship will fund ongoing research on the current state of knowledge of Salish astronomy.