In 1994, six local citizens began meeting monthly to discuss the possibility of forming a local community foundation and endowment to:
In the five years prior to 1994, two large estates had bequeathed their charitable funds to Billings organizations, possibly because there was no local organization that could handle such a bequest. Both of those estates had belonged to life-long citizens of the Musselshell Valley. Even if they had still opted to give to the out of town organizations because of personal ties, that still left our area without a means of receiving large donations to benefit organizations in the Musselshell Valley. A long-term vision and endless need had to be met.
MVCF also encourages cooperation among local organizations. We have sponsored fundraising and grant-writing seminars, and acted as a fiscal sponsor for special projects. Four highly visible efforts have been: the Community Stage, a permanent venue at the city park that is available for all organizations to utilize; the award winning Riverwalk Park and Heritage Trail project along the river south of town; the annual Roundup Independence Day Extravaganza (RIDE) which is a 3-4 day festival celebrating the 4th of July; and the Musselshell County Recovery Team (MCRT) which formed following the devastating floods in the Spring of 2011 and continued after the wildfires of 2012. An earlier affiliation in 1999 – 2001 was with the Neighbors for a New Pool, who successfully raised more than $350,000.00 dollars to build a new pool and renovate the bathhouse.
MVCF’s endowment fund balance (as of Dec. 31, 2015) is approximately $300,721.10 and growing. A portion of the annual interest earned from the endowment is given each year to area projects through a competitive grant program. Grants have ranged from $250 to $4,000. Please visit our Grant Recipient page to view past awards.
Grants are awarded in one of the five focus areas:
Grants are now awarded on a quarterly basis.
Applications will be accepted November 1st, February 1st, May 1st, and August 1st of each year.