Lewis & Clark Awards $122,000 in Local Grants - 1/13/02
The Montana Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission has awarded $122,000 in grants for 13 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 commission received 44 applications for projects totaling $793,888 under this year's Project Grant Program, Commission Executive Director Clint Blackwood said.
"This does not mean that the other 31 applications weren't important. It means that we will have to continue to work hard to raise money to support local projects," Blackwood said.
This year the Commission contributed $47,000, the Tourism Advisory Council $50,000, and the Bonneville Power Administration $25,000 to fund the grant program.
Each of the organizations receiving grants must contribute $1 of in kind labor and/or materials or cash to receive $2 in project grant funds, Blackwood said.
The commission also awarded $38,000 to 19 local bicentennial organizations and Montana Tribes for organizational and planning efforts.
Here are the locations, sponsors, projects and amounts granted for the 13 applications approved by the commission:
- Glasgow - Valley County Pioneer Museum will develop a painted mural that will serve as the backdrop for an exhibit to house Assiniboine cultural materials and the wildlife and plant life of the area noted in the L&C journals. The grant is for $15,000.
- Statewide - The Montana Tribal Tourism Alliance will assist tribes from each reservation with preparations for L&C Bicentennial activities to create traditional tepee encampments representative of each tribe. The grant is for $21,000.
- North of Helena - The L&C Trail Bicentennial Commission of Lewis and Clark County will develop a site at Devil's Elbow overlooking Hauser Lake and the Missouri River to include interpretive signs, maps and plaques that explain the historical importance of the area to the Indians along with information on how the river has changed since the time of the expedition. The grant is for $10,000.
- Whitehall - Jefferson Valley Presents will construct tiered seating for 500 people and a weather resistant control booth at the Whitehall Amphitheatre for L&C entertainment programs. The grant is for $10,000.
- Yellowstone/Big Horn Region of Southeastern Montana - The Crow Tribe will prepare a cultural and audio-visual display and CD-ROM to present the Crow view of the L&C expedition in the region. The grant is for $7,500.
- Statewide - The Montana Science Institute will develop and present a course, "Teaching the Science and History of the Lewis and Clark Expedition," for 24 teachers from across Montana. Six traveling trunks funded by a commission grant in 2000 will be utilized in the training. The grant is for $12,000.
- Fort Benton and Statewide - The Fort Benton Middle School Science Department will develop middle school curriculum based on the native plants encountered by the expedition in north central Montana. The project includes field trips to gather specimens for preservation and display, and development of a native plants nursery on the grounds of the Fort Benton Agricultural Museum. Grant is for $2,500.
- Sidney - The Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture will renovate portions of the Sidney Visitor Center to accommodate increased visitation and demand for L&C materials and displays during the Bicentennial Observance. Grant for $12,500.
- Choteau County - The Fort Benton Community Improvement Assn. will plant botanical groves at five or six sites in Choteau County to include scenic overlook signs, site signs and species markers. Grant for $7,500.
- Sula - The Western Montana L&C Bicentennial Commission will create and install a sign at the Camp Creek site south of Sula to interpret the meeting of the expedition and the Salish Indians at Ross' Hole. Grant for $6,000.
- Pablo - The People's Center, in cooperation with Salish-Kootenai College, will partner with the Lewis & Clark Training Academy in Great Falls to create a pilot Indian-focused L&C Guide Training Program. The grant is for $8,000.
- East of Helena - The L&C Trail Bicentennial Commission of Lewis and Clark County will expand the American Indian "Voice of Nations" encampment held last July at Devil's Elbow on the Missouri. It will include black powder demonstrations, presentations on flora and fauna and readings from the Journals. Grant for $5,000.
- Columbus - The Stillwater County Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission will develop a Yellowstone River camp at one of three possible locations used by Clark. Re-enactments would be held at the site to include the Clark party as well as the Crow Indian version of events. Grant for $5,000.
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