A major function of the Seeley Lake Community Foundation is to help charitable groups in Seeley Lake fund projects to benefit the Seeley Lake community. In this capacity, SLCF strives to be a community resource and a catalyst for innovative approaches to improving the quality of life in Seeley Lake.

Qualifying non-profit and public organizations are invited to submit proposals each year for projects that address one or more of our five areas of interest – Education, Arts & Culture, Community & Economic Development, Natural Resources & Conservation, and Basic Human Needs.

Thank you to all the great organizations that applied for 2019 funding! Grant applications for up to $2500 in funding were due on January 31 for the yearly SLCF small grant cycle. Look for information on our 2020 funding cycle this November.

The Seeley Lake Community Foundation is pleased to announce its 2019 small grant awards, helping six local organizations fund important community projects.

The SLCF board of directors awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process, with the aim of supporting projects with broad community benefits.

The 2019 SLCF small grant recipients are:

  • Alpine Artisans: to help fund Shakespeare in the Park and a 2 Valley Stage Arts Residency

  • Animal Wonders: to fund a five-week wildlife educational course for Seeley Lake Elementary

  • Clearwater Resource Council: to reclaim and redevelop a half-mile interpretive trail at Big Larch campground addressing lake and fire ecology

  • Missoula Aging Services: to support funding for the Seeley Lake Resource Specialist's position

  • Seeley Lake ROCKS: to help build the Hill-16 Community Trail System near Placid Lake

  • Seeley Swan High School: to support historical learning trips for the junior class to Butte & Missoula for inspiration for their "Backroads of the Mind" creative writing publication

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.