Lewis & Clark Commission Awards $200,000 in Local Grants - 10/7/00
The Montana Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission has awarded $200,000 in grants to 17 Lewis and Clark-related projects sponsored by local communities and non-profit groups across the state as part of Montana's efforts to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the famous Expedition.
The commemoration is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of people to Montana in the next several years, Clint Blackwood, executive director of the Commission, said 41 applications, totaling in excess of $620,000, were received for grants by this year's deadline of April 14.
"There are many good and needed Lewis and Clark-related projects still out there. The Lewis and Clark Commission hopes to continue this local grant program for the next few years, so Montana will be ready to help our nation commemorate the Corps of Discovery that opened up the West," Blackwood said.
This new $200,000 grant program was funded by private and public sector contributions, Blackwood said.
U S WEST contributed $50,000, which was matched by the Lewis and Clark Commission, which is funded from the state's lodging tax administered by Travel Montana, the tourism development and promotion division of the Montana Dept. of Commerce.
The Montana Department of Transportation contributed an additional $100,000 bringing the total grant program for year 2000 to $200,000. Because this is a matching grants program, grantees are required to contribute $1 of in-kind labor and/or materials or cash to receive $2 in grant funds, Blackwood said.
"I'm glad we could work together to find an appropriate way for U S WEST to support the Commission's efforts to make this anniversary a celebration that will bring Montanans great pride and build an enduring legacy," said Rick Hays, Montana vice president of U S WEST.
"We believe the success of this grant program and the example of U S WEST will enhance the potential of generating additional money from the private sector in the next few years," Blackwood said. "There may not be a more effective way for a business or industry to show its support for all the people of Montana."
As an incentive to both public and private sector investors, Travel Montana and the state's Tourism Advisory Council already have committed $50,000 for the Commission's 2001 Lewis & Clark project grant program. These state lodging tax funds come with the requirement that the Commission and at least one other funding partner each provide $50,000 for 2001, Blackwood said,
"Bicentennial committees and commissions are still being formed at the local level," Blackwood said. "Presently 15 county or multi-county planning groups are in various stages of formation and are working hard to plan local projects and events, an effort strongly supported by the Commission."
Here are the locations, sponsors, projects and amounts granted for the 17 applications approved by the Commission:
- Golden Triangle area of Glacier, Pondera, and Teton Counties -- The Golden Triangle Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission is designing and constructing an interpretive sign at the Teton River Rest Area near Dutton. The grant was $6,250.
- Beaverhead County - The Camp Fortunate Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation is designing and constructing interpretive signs at three sites in Beaverhead County. The grant was $8,500.
- Lolo - The Montana Community Development Corporation and the Travelers' Rest Preservation Project are completing Lewis and Clark archaeological research and assessment at the Travelers' Rest campsite area. The grant was $22,000.
- Kalispell with statewide impact - Flathead Valley Community College is developing new L&C training curriculum that will feature a short video highlighting the Montana experiences of the Expedition. It will be circulated statewide primarily through the Montana Superhost training program. The grant was $25,000.
- Livingston - Park County is developing an interpretive sign and kiosk for the Clark Trail west of Livingston. The grant was $20,000.
- Stevensville - The Stevensville Civic Club/Project Pride is creating a living legacy Native Plant Park. The park will educate visitors about identification and historic uses of plants in the Bitterroot Valley as used by both the Salish Indians and the Expedition. The grant was $5,870.
- Pryor - The Chief Plenty Coups Advisory Council at Chief Plenty Coups State Park is renovating a display in the museum that tells the story of the Expedition along the Yellowstone River. The grant was $5,000.
- Lincoln - The Lewis and Clark County Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission is developing a Lewis and Clark Pass interpretive site along the Blackfoot River corridor, which will include restoration of a historic cabin to house exhibits, artifacts and interpretive signage. The grant was $18,000.
- Great Falls - The University of Great Falls is developing a weeklong summer seminar to provide an in-depth understanding of the skills and talents needed to accomplish the Expedition. It will include research and curriculum development. The grant was $5,000.
- Bozeman with statewide impact - The Watercourse and Project WET Montana organization is developing a teacher guide that lists, describes and comments on primary resources available to educators relating to the Expedition and the tribes of the Missouri River Basin. The Grant was $25,000.
- Great Falls - The Lewis and Clark Honor Guard is creating two complete captains uniforms, a sergeant uniform and at least seven private uniforms for display and use in historical recreations of the Expedition. The grant was $4,700.
- Great Falls - The Great Falls Park and Recreation Department will make necessary park improvements in anticipation of developing portage route interpretation of the Expedition's experiences through what is today Clara and Russell Parks, and interpretation of Lewis' encounter with a grizzly bear. The grant was $12,000.
- Bozeman - The Gallatin County Historical Society and Pioneer Museum will utilize grant funds to properly prepare for the display and storage of the 300 volumes on Lewis and Clark donated to the library by Don Nell. The grant was $2,568.
- Whitehall - The Headwaters RC&D Area is creating 12 or more murals in Whitehall depicting the Expedition's passage through the Jefferson Valley. The grant was $10,500.
- Zortman - The Missouri Breaks Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission is working in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management to create a Lewis and Clark Amphitheatre to facilitate the telling of the local L&C story to the public. The grant was $7,690.
- Helena and statewide - The Montana Science Institute is developing four teaching trunks to more effectively educate students about the science and history of the Expedition. The grant was $8,000.
- Three Rivers-Gallatin Valley area - The Headwaters Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation is developing interpretive signs of the Expedition's adventures in the Gallatin Valley at the new rest area in Bozeman at the I-90 and North 19th interchange. The grant was $14,000.