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    HELENA—The Montana Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission has awarded an additional $31,450 in grants for five Lewis and Clark-related projects sponsored by local communities, tribes and non-profit groups across the state as part of Montana’s efforts to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the famous expedition.

    Earlier this spring eight projects received funding totaling $54,500.

    The commission received 52 applications for projects totaling $825,492 under this year’s Project Grant Program, newly elected Commission Chair Hal Stearns of Missoula said. “We are very pleased to be able to fulfill our commitment to the remaining 2003 grant applicants,” Stearns said.

    This year the Department of Commerce contributed $50,000 to fund the project grant program and the Commission supplemented it with an additional $35,950. 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.

    Here are the locations, sponsors, projects and amounts for the awards announced today:

    • Cut Bank – Golden Triangle L&C Bicentennial Commission and Cut Bank Revitalization Society received funding for one of three L&C murals to be designed and painted by a Glacier County Native American Artist. Grant is for $3,600.

    • Worden – Pompeys Pillar Historical Association plans to enhance their annual two-day Clark Days event with funds for interpreters, Native American presenters and a new sound system. Grant is for $9,800.

    • Chester – North Central Montana Regional Bicentennial Commission plans the creation of a mini interpretive site along Hwy. 366 overlooking the Marias River. Grant is for $9,050.

    • Browning – Going to the Sun Institute received funding to research and record excerpts from oral histories of tribal elders and leaders of Montana’s First Nations. Grant is for $5,000.

    • Helena – Montana Science Institute plans to offer a graduate level, 6-day residential program on the Institute’s campus focusing on the Expedition’s time in Montana. Grant is for $4,000.



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