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A new home in 2019

We're working to turn the beautiful former Deer Country Quilts building into a thriving nonprofit hub!

The new Seeley Lake Community Foundation building is located in the former Deer Country Quilts building, at 3150 MT Highway 83 N.

Thanks for joining us for our grand opening and ribbon cutting on June 15th! Come stop by to explore the beautiful interior craftsmanship accomplished this spring, and to help us dream about the potential for what this invigorating new space can mean for Seeley Lake.


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Have you seen the new frontiersman statue donated as a centerpiece to Seeley Lake in front of the building?!

The Seeley Lake Community Foundation received the 17-foot bronze statue of a mountain man on horseback by artist Alan Derber as a donation organized by local philanthropists Kirk and Tammy Gladwin. Thank you for this beautiful piece of artwork!


The vision

The Seeley Lake Community Foundation is spearheading an exciting new project: creating a community space in the heart of downtown Seeley Lake. In December 2018, SLCF acquired a beautiful 3,700 square-foot log building on a half-acre lot along Highway 83. We are in the process of turning the space into a hub for community activities and a centralized location for residents and visitors to access important services.

Our vision for this building is to create an exciting and inspiring local space where nonprofits are united to meet the common economic, social, cultural, and educational needs and aspirations of Seeley Lake, Montana.

This project will help organizations come together to achieve more than they can on their own, and bring our small rural community together with shared spaces for nonprofits, a visitor center, and a place for workshops and art displays. It will create new community infrastructure, providing needed services in one beautiful, multi-functional space.


The Potential

Although we are only an hour from Missoula, accessing the multitude of services available there is challenging for many residents, especially the low-income and the elderly. What if more Missoula nonprofits had a hub to provide satellite services to clients in a beautiful log building in downtown Seeley Lake? What if we could bring world-class educational activities into the beautiful space? What if we fostered a home for new community dreams to be born, right in the heart of downtown? The possibilities are huge for what this project could mean for this small rural town.

The Seeley Lake Community Foundation exists to support local nonprofit organizations, and connect and grow resources for the Seeley Lake area. Our investment in this building is a wonderful opportunity for SLCF to create a beautiful, multi-functional space to enhance the quality of life and sense of community of Seeley Lake, MT. This building will help Seeley Lake residents face the unique challenges of rural living and help build a healthy, successful, and sustainable community.

The Seeley Lake Regional Plan notes: “The community recognizes that growth in the downtown portion of the Plan Area has the potential to revitalize the community, increase the economic opportunities available to residents, allow for increased density, and provide expanded services.”  A centrally located community space in Seeley Lake, MT, has incredible potential for making a difference here.

Right along the bike path, in a community without a central downtown, this half-acre property has so much potential for increasing livability, connectivity, and a sense of community for this rural, unincorporated town.


The Plan

In the spring of 2019, the building interior was remodeled, transitioning the open-floor plan retail space into comfortable office spaces and collaborative workspaces, including six offices downstairs, and a conference room upstairs. In addition, the new Seeley Lake Community Foundation building became one of the first structures connected to high-speed fiber internet in Seeley Lake!

This community hub is a new home for the Seeley Lake Community Foundation, as well as for several amazing groups that provide important services to residents and visitors:

  • Each year, SLCF gives grants to nonprofits for local projects, offers the Change Your Pace Challenge, a community fundraiser encouraging giving to local groups, and coordinates I Ride, a medical appointment van shuttle, supplying a critical unmet need for many of Seeley Lake’s seniors and disabled.

  • The satellite office of Missoula Aging Services helps the Seeley-Swan Valley’s older residents successfully age in place.

  • The local Chamber of Commerce visitor center is in the east wing of the building, promoting local businesses and helping a mainstay of our rural economy from this convenient downtown location.

  • Missoula County Weeds District provides support to local landowners through grant funding for invasive species control, monitoring aquatic invasive species, and education programs.

  • SLCF would love to bring other groups into the space, to further help Seeley Lake. Contact Claire Muller for information about being involved: (406) 677-3506.

On the property, SLCF will be hosting the weekly Seeley Lake Sunday Market, continuing the tradition of providing healthy and sustainable socializing and purchasing options for local residents each summer.

Come visit us this summer!


How can you help?

In combination with a substantial donation from the previous owners of almost half of the value of the building, SLCF purchased the property in December 2018. Fundraising began at the 2018 SLCF banquet in August, where $40,000 for the down payment was raised in one night by generous donors! Through a combination of rent, grants and community support, we hope to make this a sustainable project, benefitting the Seeley Lake community for decades to come. Fundraising continued at the 2019 SLCF annual banquet, where another $17,000 was raised to help with this project.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far to creating a new home for SLCF!

If this project intrigues you, please contact SLCF Executive Director Claire Muller (cmuller [at] slcfmt [dot] org) to discuss ways you can help, or please contribute through the button at the top of the page! We're excited for what 2019 will bring in this beautiful space.


Thank you to these SLCF Building Contributors!

Blackfoot, Lee and Judy Boman, Shirley Calhoun, Citizens Alliance Bank, Deer Country Quilts, John and Sherry Fulton, Kirk and Tammy Gladwin, Pat and Joelene Goodover, Boyd and Helen Gossard, Kris and Erik Gullikson, The High Stakes Foundation, Suzie and Mike Holzer, Jim and Cathy Heitel, Ken and Joyce Jensen, Carey Kanavel, Scott Kennedy, Dave and Nadine Lipson, Bill and Jan Lombardi, Addrien Marx and Jim McLean, Missoula Aging Services, Margaret Muller, Stan and Colleen Nicholson, Al and Donna Rios, Kimberly See, The Treacy Foundation, Klaus and Beate von Stutterheim, Richard and Carol Weidner, Kevin Wetherell, Annie Zurmuehlen

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Step by step


Interior remodeling, lush grass for the Sunday Market, a new centerpiece statue, and now the bones of a signpost in. It's step by step for this big beautiful new project. Hm, what’s next?!

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Busy summertime!

Have you seen the beautiful donated statue? Have you checked out the Sunday Market? Our I Ride vans are out serving the community…and that’s just what’s going on outside!

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Open for community

We’re settling in to our new home, and excited to make some big strides in helping Seeley Lake from our new downtown location. Come stop by!

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Grand opening June 15th

June: Come see the what we’ve been up to on Saturday from June 15th, from 12pm-3pm! We’ll have a ribbon-cutting event at 1pm, and we invite you to come see the beautiful interior craftsmanship accomplished this spring, and to help us dream about the potential for what this invigorating new space can mean for Seeley Lake. Ms. Lynch's 2nd grade class created "I Love Seeley Lake" artwork to be displayed at the event!

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The home stretch

May: Walls are getting painted, trim is being meticulously cut, and a new home is in sight. Come visit us Saturday June 15th for the grand opening of the new Seeley Lake Community Foundation building!

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Construction!

April: Work is underway to remodel the interior, transitioning the open-floor plan retail space into comfortable office spaces and collaborative workspaces, including six offices downstairs, and a conference room upstairs.

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Future home of…

March: Current and former SLCF board members, excited about the new building!

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Oh the potential!

February: SLCF is in talks with local organizations about how to use the space. Here’s the empty building, looking west, towards the highway. Thanks Andi Bourne, from the Pathfinder, for this beautiful shot.

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A new year, a new vision

January: Our vision for the space develops. SLCF envisions this building as an exciting and inspiring local space where nonprofits are united to meet the common economic, social, cultural, and educational needs and aspirations of Seeley Lake, Montana.

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Close to closing

December: Missoula County Commissioner Dave Strohmaier visited Seeley Lake recently to discuss all things Seeley, and visions for the future. Here, Dave is getting comfortable checking out the new space before SLCF closed on the building and DCQ moved out entirely at the end of December!

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Transforming the space

November: Here's a view from the loft of the Deer Country Quilts building, complete with their beautiful fabrics.

We're busy exploring how to create a space designed for non-profits to energize the projects and goals of their missions and engage the local community through sharing services and co-working.