As part of its mission, the Seeley Lake Community Foundation (SLCF) endeavors to help charitable groups in Seeley Lake fund projects to benefit the community. In this capacity, the SLCF strives to be a community resource and catalyst for innovative approaches to improve the quality of life in Seeley Lake.

Qualifying non-profit and public organizations are invited to submit proposals for 2019 projects. Applications that address one or more of the five areas of interest – Education, Arts & Culture, Community/ Economic Development, Natural Resources & Conservation, and Basic Human Needs – will be considered. The deadline for the 2019 grant cycle is January 31, 2019. Grants will be awarded in amounts of $100 to $2,500, and announced in late February.

Click on the following links to download the grant program guidelines and application forms (PDF format).

SLCF Grant Program Guidelines
SLCF Grant Application form and instructions

SLCF Grant Reporting Form

In 2018 the Seeley Lake Community Foundation supported:

  • Repairing the heating system in the Seeley Lake Historical Museum & Visitors Center, a community meeting place and information center.

  • Circle of Security Parent Training at Seeley Lake Elementary to build healthy, secure parent-child relationships, benefiting children and caregivers in at-risk environments. 

  • Funds for grooming equipment to maintain cross-country ski trails and snowmobile trails, providing recreational opportunities and supporting economic development for our area. 

  • Producing the third volume of ‘Backroads of the Mind’ for Seeley-Swan High School’s Creative Writing Program. Students use their creative talents in journalism and art to produce a publication for the entire community to enjoy, while building individual skills and confidence.   

  • A Seeley Lake-based Resource Specialist for Missoula Aging Services, to help older adults and people with disabilities access services and stay independent without having to travel for their needs.

  • Music concerts for the community and local schools, bringing cultural events to our rural area and providing exposure to diverse types of music and instruments.

In 2017 the Seeley Lake Community Foundation supported:

  • Publication of a student creative writing project (Backroads of the Mind Vol. II).

  • Creation of video trailers promoting Seeley Lake tourism and the ‘In the Footsteps of Norman Maclean’ Festival.

  • Scholarships for two Seeley Lake students to attend the Montana Natural Resources Camp to share concepts of stewardship and sustainability.

  • Funding Phlight Academy for Seeley Lake middle school students to promote literacy and foster creativity.

  • Bringing in instructors for Blackfoot River Discovery Day to teach about ecosystem dynamics and human activity at Montana state standards for science and English.

In 2016 the Seeley Lake Community Foundation supported

  • Completion of a community-based forest model study to inform long term outcomes for the Clearwater Blackfoot Project land west of Seeley Lake.

  • Expand and enhance advanced publicity for the Norman Maclean Festival 2017.

  • Support for a Community Resiliency Model enhancing the current model for Seeley Lake Elementary students to develop new skills to self regulate.

  • Batteries for community smoke alarms distributed by the Seeley Lake Rural Fire Department.

  • Improvements to Sullivan Memorial Hall enhancing the facility for broad community use.

  • Preserving our cultural resources by saving and moving a 100 year old log building

  • Provide funding for a mobile educational parenting/pregnancy unit.