2001 Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Grant Program Announced
Up to $200,000 in grant funds will be awarded to selected Montana Lewis & Clark-related projects through the 2001 Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Grant Program. Funding for the grant program is provided by the Montana Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission and its partners: the Montana Dept. of Transportation and the Montana Tourism Advisory Council/
Travel Montana. The Bicentennial Grants are available to non-profit organizations and require a grant funding match. The Grant Guidelines and Application are available through the Regional Bicentennial Commissions (RBC), the State Commission office or its website: www.montanalewisandclark.org/funding. Deadline for the grant application is April 13, 2001. The 2001 grant award recipients will be announced in mid-June.
Upcoming Meetings, Workshops, Conferences
Montana L&C Bicentennial Commission:
- June 12, 2001, Missoula
- Oct. 10-11, 2001, Billings
Circle of Tribal Advisors:
- April 21-22, 2001, Omaha
Circle of State Advisors:
- April 22, 2001, Omaha
L&C Trail Heritage Foundation Board:
- April 22, 2001, Omaha
National Council Meeting & Workshops:
- April 21-26, 2001, Omaha
3rd Annual MT Lewis & Clark Conference:
- October 11-12, 2001, Billings
The 57th Montana Legislature is in session. While it is impossible to provide you a "real time" legislative update through this newsletter, we can share with you a brief overview of legislative efforts being supported by the State Commission. If you are interested in receiving weekly updates on legislation, please contact the State Commission office.
- Heritage Tourism Program - As a result of participating in the Future of the Past Task Force meetings this past year, the State Commission is supporting legislative initiatives to secure funding to develop and implement an on-going program for the protection and preservation of Montana's historic and cultural heritage. Lewis & Clark projects would be eligible for funds through this statewide program. The proposed funding sources for the Heritage Tourism Program are either an up-front $40 million state coal tax loan to be repaid by revenues from a 1% increase in the 4% Montana Lodging Facility Use Tax, (tourism "bed tax"), or without the loan and simply using revenues from the 1% increase in the tourism "bed tax."
- Bicentennial License Plate - Senator Fred Thomas has introduced legislation to create the Montana Bicentennial License Plate to be available by January 2002. Revenues from the license plate sales would be available to non-profit groups through the State Commission's Bicentennial Grants Program.
- Monetary Match for Federal & Private-Sector Grants - In the Montana Historical Society's proposed budget for the next two years, $200,000 is being requested to be used as matching funds for either federal or private-sector grants related to the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial. If approved, this would create a financial tool to ensure that Montana interests do not miss out on grant funding due to the lack of critical "match funds."
The State Commission's Education Committee and its partners are making good progress on three exciting programs:
- A new education video, "Lewis & Clark: Montana's Story," is nearing completion. The 20-minute video provides an overview of the Lewis & Clark Expedition's Montana experience with references to what is available to see and do today. Travel Montana's statewide SUPERHOST! Coordinator Jeri Mae Rowley has directed the project. She will debut the video during a break-out session on Montana's L&C Master Plan at the 2001 Governor's Conference on Tourism and Recreation in Helena, March 26-27.
- A comprehensive Education Directory is planned for completion by MSU's Project WET program in Fall 2001. The new directory will help students, teachers and the general public locate educational resources regarding Lewis & Clark in Montana. Once completed, the directory will be posted in the education section of the Commission's website.
- A Lewis & Clark Symposium is in the very early development stages. A planning group is looking at addressing some very challenging, "non-traditional" issues and topics at this symposium; topics that would reflect both Indian and non-Indian perspectives on the Expedition. No firm decisions have been made on dates, but Spring 2002 has been penciled in.
If interested in participating in the Education Committee's efforts, please contact the State Commission. Meeting notes can be viewed on the Commission's website.