Colstrip Impacts Foundation Announces Grant Cycle to Benefit Colstrip Community

March 01, 2021

Grants available to support impacted workers and their families and further economic development in the Colstrip community

The Colstrip Impacts Foundation (CIF) announces grant funding to benefit the Colstrip community. Funding is available to support three areas impacted by changes in operations at the Colstrip Power Plant and Rosebud mine. Grants are available to support economic development efforts, taxing districts, and impacted workers who have been laid off.

Grants will be made to eligible organizations and individuals. Grant applications will be reviewed quarterly. Find more information on the different grants available and how to apply here.

“Our committee is excited to see this grant program get to work supporting the economic vitality of the city of Colstrip and Rosebud County while also taking care of impacted workers. Our community is in a unique situation and this has definitely been a learning process,” says Ed Joiner, CIF committee chair. I would like to thank all the committee members who have taken much time out of their busy schedules to provide valuable insight and perspective to make this happen.“

CIF is a volunteer committee of the Montana Community Foundation, comprised of Colstrip community members. The committee is responsible for grantmaking from two funds at MCF- $2.5 million in a permanent fund and $7.5 million in a nonpermanent fund- received as a result of the Puget Sound Energy (PSE) rate case settlement with the State of Montana.

In the settlement, PSE agreed to set aside $10 million to fund community development and other impacts to the Colstrip area.

The following community members serve on the committee:

  • Ed Joiner, Chair, County government representative
  • Greg Koczur, City of Colstrip representative
  • Stacey Yates, Local workforce representative from the Colstrip Power Plant, Local 1638
  • Rick McCulloch, local workforce representative from the mine, Local 400
  • Jim Atchison, Certified Regional Development Corporation representative
  • Sabrina Neiman and Mike Cadwell, representing the community at large

For questions or more information about available grants, contact Jessica Stewart-Kuntz, Vice President at MCF, at (406) 441-4950 or jessica@mtcf.org.

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