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Deadline for GPCF grant applications nears

POLSON — The 2019 Greater Polson Community Foundation grant funding application deadline is Friday, April 26. 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 make a significant difference. More than $500,000 has been contributed to meet needs in our community since grants were first awarded in 2009.

Grants are funded annually by the earnings from the foundation’s growing permanent endowment and other available GPCF funds. Past grant awards have supported a variety of youth and community projects. 

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. GPCF will accept applications for pre-screen (we will preview and advise on completeness) until April 12, and complete applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, April 26. The complete 2019 Grant Application is available to download online at:, where you will also find a list of previous GPCF grant recipients. For more information, call Jennifer at the GPCF office at 406-883-4723.


Free beekeeping, pollinator education workshop planned

News from the Lake County Conservation District

The Lake County Conservation District in partnership with Lake County MSU Extension are excited to offer a free half-day workshop on beekeeping and native and honey bee pollinator conservation. 

Join us on Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Ronan Fairgrounds for a hands-on pollinator education experience. 

Interested in starting your own hive but don’t know where to begin? Local beekeeper Chuck Lewis, of Plan Bee, will be on hand to answer all your questions. 

There will also be a limited number of hive/bee sets available for purchase for $300. Not quite ready to keep honey bees but want to learn more about attracting native bees to your yard or garden? We will also have supplies available to build Mason bee houses to attract local bees. General pollinator conservation in Montana will also be discussed. 

Pre-registration is appreciated. Email or call Heidi to register at or call 406-676-2811 x102. 


Pay library fines with food donation

POLSON — In recognition of National Library Week, the North Lake County Library will offer 25 percent off in their gift shop April 8-13. 

We are offering a sale in our gift shop and offering food for fines - bring in a non-perishable, non-expired food item to remove $1 of fines from your account. One food item equals $1. Program doesn't apply to lost or damaged item fees. 


 Big Sky Reads stipends available for Montana book clubs

News from Montana Center for the Book 

MONTANA – The Montana Center for the Book supports public book clubs in rural areas that engage in deeper, thought-provoking discussions about literature.

The Big Sky Reads program, now in its second year, provides $500 stipends to book clubs for trained discussion leaders, author visits, book shipping, marketing and other costs that enhance the humanities value of a program. Book clubs must be open to the public and meet in a public space or school.

All book clubs supported by Montana Center for the Book contribute reading lists, discussion questions, event times and more to our Facebook group. This is a great resource to find new books, new participants, discussion questions and facilitators.

Apply any time. The program funds up to 10 clubs each year. There’s no deadline and the application is easy.

Humanities Montana is the state’s independent, nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since 1972, Humanities Montana has provided services and grants to hundreds of Montana organizations in support of public programs in history, literature, civil conversations and public issues. Among its many programs are its grants, Montana Conversations, Speakers in the Schools, Hometown Humanities, Letters About Literature and the Governor’s Humanities Awards.










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