In the Community

Grants Available to Benefit Valley County

March 02, 2023

The Montana Community Foundation announces the opening of a grant cycle to benefit communities and residents of Valley County.

Grants will be made from the Valley County Masonic Endowment Fund, established at MCF by the Nemont Manor Foundation, Inc. Grant applications will be accepted from March 1 – March 31, 2023.

Applicants must be either a 501(c)(3) nonprofit or an exempt governmental unit. Grants will be up to $5,000. While grants must be used for projects benefiting communities or residents in Valley County, the grantee organization does not need to be based in Valley County. Only one application is allowed per organization.

Eligible projects must be within the following areas of interest: arts and culture, basic human needs, economic development, education, and natural resources and conservation. Ineligible projects include annual or capital campaigns, endowments, debt retirements, and religious, partisan, or sectarian activities. Grant requests are reviewed by the Valley County Masonic Endowment Foundation.

The Valley County Masonic Endowment Fund was established with proceeds from the sale of Nemont Manor, an affordable housing facility in Glasgow that has 100 housing units available to HUD qualified individuals. The Manor was built more than 40 years ago and managed by the Valley County Masons that provides subsidized housing units to qualified tenants.

The Nemont Manor was purchased by Silver Tree Residential, a group that acquires, rehabilitates, and permanently preserves affordable housing units which were originally developed under HUD programs. Their goal is to ensure the long-term affordability of units for current and future residents. They also extended the Section 8 contract with HUD for an additional 20 years.

“After running the Nemont Manor for more than 40 years, we were ready to pass the baton on management of the Manor but also wanted to ensure the proceeds of the sale would continue to make a lasting impact in the community,” says James Rector, secretary and treasurer of Nemont Foundation. “We look forward to supporting our community forever in this way.”

Learn more and apply here. Only online applications will be accepted. For questions, please contact Local Community Foundations Program Officer, Taylor Crowl.