William B. Pratt Endowment Fund

Apply for grant funding from January 18- March 31, 2021!

The William B. Pratt Endowment Fund is a legacy gift to the people of Montana to help them tell and share stories- especially the untold ones- about Montana's arts, culture, and history and to learn about the traditional art forms and cultures of Montana.

Each year, the fund awards grants to benefit Montana Indigenous, Folk, Traditional, and Media arts.

The 2021 grant application is now available. Grant applications will be accepted until March 31, 2021 at 5 pm (MST).

The William B. Pratt Endowment Fund will make grants:

  • to build awareness, involvement, and preservation of Indigenous, Folk, and Traditional Arts in Montana.
  • to encourage the education about, as well as the production and presentation of, the Media Arts in Montana.
  • for collaborative efforts that strengthen the fields of the Indigenous, Traditional, Folk, or Media Arts in the state.

Grants will range in size from $500 to $2,000 and must be matched dollar-for-dollar. Grant applications will be accepted from January 18 to March 31. The grant process is competitive and incomplete applications will not be considered. Montana 501(c)(3) organizations, local, state, and tribal governments are eligible to apply. Media artists who are not staff of 501(c)(3) organizations may also apply under the fiscal sponsorship of a 501(c)(3) organization.

Applicants are eligible to apply in one of three funding areas:

  • Strengthening the Fields of the Indigenous, Traditional and Folk or Media Arts
  • Media Arts Education programs
  • Montana‚Äôs Indigenous, Traditional, and Folk Arts

See a full list of the guidelines here.

If after reading guidelines, the grant program seems applicable to your project, it is recommended you contact the program director to discuss your proposed application prior to applying.

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Past Grantees

  • Myrna Loy (Helena)- $1,500 for Music of the Medicine Line, a 4-day festival about Metis music and culture that acknowledges the artistic, musical and social contributions of the Metis and Little Shell People to Montana.
  • Tobacco Valley Board of History (Eureka)- $500 for a History Suitcase on Hand Quilting to be used by local elementary, middle and K-8 schools, as well as by the local home school association.
  • Big Sky Film Festival (Missoula)- $1,500 for the Native Filmmakers Club that takes a selection of Indigenous-made documentary films and their filmmakers into classrooms across the state.

More About the Fund

The William B. Pratt Endowment Fund was established by William B. Pratt who has a life-long interest in Indigenous, Folk, and Traditional arts, with experience as a musician working in the folk tradition and as a living history and production artisan in forged iron. This fund also honors his work in documentary and industrial film/video production, fostering community video efforts, and his extensive experience in grants administration, the development of arts and nonprofit organizations, and fostering philanthropy in the state.

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We're Here to Help

For additional help, questions or comments, contact Jessica Stewart-Kuntz, Director of Operations & Grants.