The Spanish Peaks Community Foundation has awarded $2.1 million in grants to nonprofits serving those that live and work in Big Sky since 2011. In 2022, SPCF awarded 42 different grants over two grant cycles for a total impact of $585,290 – our best year yet!
In accordance with its mission, SPCF strives to make a positive impact within our own Big Sky Community. Therefore, when the Board of Directors evaluates grant requests, they consider, and give preference to, applications for local organizations and projects that deliver direct community services, educational support, affordable access to outdoor resources and recreation, and cultural opportunities that enrich the Big Sky community. Projects that serve the greatest number of people and address identified community needs are prioritized.
Spanish Peaks Community Foundation Awards 2022 Fall Grants
In accordance with its mission, the Spanish Peaks Community Foundation (SPCF) strives to make a positive impact on those who live and/or work in Big Sky. Therefore, when SPCF evaluates grant requests, it considers, and gives preference to, applications for local organizations and projects that deliver direct community services, educational support, affordable access to outdoor resources and recreation, and cultural opportunities that enrich the Big Sky community.
This fall SPCF received 26 grant applications with a total of $575,990 requested. This was SPCF’s largest grant cycle to date, as the Board awarded $321,590 to 23 different grants. This past spring, they awarded $263,700. In 2022, SPCF has awarded a total of $585,290 in grants to Big Sky nonprofits.
As SPCF increases its capacity to support local nonprofits, the Board aims to be predictable and consistent, while prioritizing projects that have the greatest impact and that address identified community needs. David O’Connnor, the Executive Director of the Big Sky Community Housing Trust remarks, “We are so grateful for SPCF’s ongoing support of Rent Local, and I look forward to collaborating on this program’s continued success next year.” The Rent Local program successfully housed 166 individuals in its first year by incentivising property owners to convert vacation rentals into homes for the Big Sky workforce.
SPCF’s increased capacity to support the community directly reflects the generosity and compassion of the Spanish Peaks Mountain Club members.
Fall 2022 Grant Recipients:
- Arts Council of Big Sky
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Big Sky Country
- Big Opportunities – Big Sky Broadway
- Big Sky Community Food Bank & Resource Center
- Big Sky Community Housing Trust
- Big Sky Community Organization
- Big Sky Discovery Academy
- Big Sky School District #72
- Big Sky SNO
- Crosscut Mountain Sports
- Eagle Mount Bozeman
- Gallatin Invasive Species Alliance
- Gallatin River Task Force
- Montana Outdoor Science School
- Montana Shakespeare in the Parks
- Montana State University (Professor Katey T. Franklin)
- Morningstar Learning Center
- One Valley Community Foundation
- Rimrock Foundation
- Warren Miller Performing Arts Center
- Wellness in Action (WIA)
The Spanish Peaks Community Foundation strategically directs the generous contributions of our members to meet the needs and support the quality of life of those living and working in the Big Sky community.
April 1st deadline for May grant consideration. October 1st deadline for November grant consideration. Evaluations for previously awarded grants must be received before new grant proposals will be considered.