Lewis & Clark Awards $54,500 in Local Grants - 2/24/03
The Montana Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission has awarded $54,500 in grants for five 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.
An additional eight grants totaling $42,630 are expected but not guaranteed to receive funding by late May 2003.
The commission received 52 applications for projects totaling $825,492 under this year’s Project Grant Program, Commission Chair Jack Lepley of Fort Benton said. “We are working as hard as we can to raise funds to provide grants for as many of these projects as we can,” Lepley said.
This year the Department of Commerce contributed $50,000 to fund the grant program and the Commission hopes to supplement it with an additional $47,130. The sale of bicentennial license plates provides critical funding for the Commission’s Grants Program, but businesses or individuals interested in supporting projects in other ways can call 406-443-2109, said Clint Blackwood, Commission Executive Director.
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 $36,300 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:
- Statewide – Montana Committee for the Humanities will increase the availability of its Speakers Bureau presentations on various cultural and historical aspects of the L&C Expedition. Grant is for $10,000.
- Missouri Headwaters State Park – Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will implement, maintain, update, and sustain Lewis & Clark interpretive programming at the Missouri Headwaters State Park. Grant is for $12,500.
- Bozeman – The Museum of the Rockies will create a hands-on outdoor challenge course, “Relive the Lewis & Clark Adventure,” designed to give visitors of all ages a first-hand experience of the challenges faced by the Corps of Discovery. Grant is for $12,500.
- Missoula – The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula will create an exhibit, “Following in the Footsteps—Before and After Lewis & Clark,” focusing on the history and cultural awareness of existing trails and the Native peoples who used them. Grant is for $7,500.
- Hamilton – Kids First of Ravalli County will design and build an interpretive trail with “kids-focused” interactive educational stations that explore the travels of the Corps through the Bitterroot Valley and their interaction with the Salish. Grant is for $12,000.
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