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Greater Polson Community Foundation Announces New Grant Funding Cycle:

The GPCF invites 2017 grant applications.  The 2017 grant application deadline is April 28, 2017.  Grant applications will be accepted from non-profit organizations with a 501c(3) status in the Greater Polson area.

Grants from the Greater Polson Community Foundation can make a significant difference.  A total of $414,755.00 has been contributed to meet needs in our community since grants were first awarded in 2009.  Grants are funded annually by the earning’s from the foundation’s growing permanent endowment and other available GPCF funds. Past grant awards have supported a variety of youth and community projects. GPCF President Toni Young says “our grant funding support to our community non-profits and their projects is a highlight of our year”.

The Committee is looking for how well the prospective project matches the mission and values of the GPCF as well as addressing critical needs that strengthen our community.  As you prepare your application, think about how your project can enhance and improve the lives of the people who live here.

The GPCF is planning a Grant Application Workshop at the North County Library in Polson on March 23rd from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. This workshop, which is not mandatory, will walk an applicant through the process and is beneficial to non-profits writing grants or foundation requests for funding.

GPCF will accept applications for pre-screen completeness until April 14th 2017 and complete applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, April 28th.  The complete 2017 Grant Application is available to download online at  where you will also find a list of previous GPCF grant recipients.  If you have questions, please contact the GPCF office at (406) 883-4723

12045595_1491305281195870_9142907095899526039_oThe Greater Polson Community Foundation awarded grants to seven local non profits last week as part of its 2015-2016 grant cycle.

“It’s a highlight of our year and why we’re here, really,” said GPCF President Penny Jarecki at a grant recipient workshop last Thursday.

Grants are funded by earnings from the foundation’s permanent endowment fund, which now has over $570,000. This year’s contributions will support youth and community-oriented projects including enhancing the Flathead Lakers’ watershed education program, Boys and Girls Club member swim lessons at Mission Valley Aquatics and directional signage to the Mission Valley Mariners ball fields at O’Malley Park.

(Left to right) Penny Jarecki, President Greater Polson Community Foundation; Pam O’Mara, Dayton-Proctor Park Association; Tom McDonald, Mission Valley Mariners; Dawn Veteto, Onward and Upward; Robin Steinkraus, Flathead Lakers; Frank Tyro, Flathead Lake International Cinemafest; Sue Ball, Sandpiper Art Gallery. Behind the camera: Ali Bronsdon, Mission Valley Aquatics.