2013 GRANT RECIPIENTS:
With proceeds from last year’s Red Ants Pants Music Festival, $12,000 in grants were awarded to fifteen organizations from across the state whose projects were in line with the mission of the Red Ants Pants Foundation.
Calhoun explained, “ We are extremely proud to announce the following 2013 grant recipients. The Foundation’s Board of Directors hopes to give out even more in 2014!”
The 2013 grant recipients are as follows:
Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center, $1000- Wolf Point/Big Timber, MT
Their mission is to cherish and pass forward the cowboy way of life, American Indian cultures, and our collective Montana Heritage, for generations to come. The grant money is going towards camera equipment to help develop the oral history project within the “museum without walls” touring exhibition trailer, the mobile unit of this Heritage Center.
Groundworks Farm, $1000- Fort Shaw, MT
Based in Fort Shaw, MT, vegetables and livestock are grown using a diversified, integrated farming model, with products directly marketed to local eaters. The work at the farm is motivated by the recognition of intimate connections between healthy lands, nutritious and tasty foods, and thriving communities. The project is to extend current water infrastructure to better accommodate crop and animal rotation.
Redtail Woodworks, $1000- Helena, MT
Redtail Woodworks is a woman owned woodworking business in Helena, MT. The project funds will assist the purchase of a high quality planer. Redtail Woodworks hopes to fulfill its potential by showcasing a successful woman-run local business and a beacon of education and empowerment for the women of Montana.
Klingaman Cattle, $1000- Harlem, MT
The Klingaman family run a cow/calf operation in Harlem, MT with some hay and small grains mixed in. They are building better handling facilities for the calves, so the livestock and people working the stock are in a safer, more efficient environment.
The Golden Yoke LLC, $1000- St. Ignatious, MT
The Golden Yoke is a new dairy farm in St. Ignatious, MT. It is the first new dairy in the state in over 20 years and there will be an educational focus to the operation. They are have plans to open a creamery and will be attending the Penn State Ice Cream Shortcourse with their grant monies.
Red Lodge Area Food Partnership Council, $1000- Red Lodge, MT
The mission of the FPC is to vigorously promote a sustainable, local food system that encourages a better quality of life for our citizens, improves our community’s economy and self-reliance, and preserves the land for generations to come. They are working to create a food hub to create a food hub to connect locally produced food with individuals, restaurants and institutions.
Mountain and Farm, $1000- Moiese, MT
The mission at Mountain and Farm is to create an opportunity for young adults to refine their individual and collective knowledge, purpose, and power by offering a mountain and farm based educational experience focused on practical homesteading and wilderness expedition skills. The farm is based in Moiese, MT and the grant will be used to facilitate some of the business development activities.
Meagher County Senior Center, $1000- White Sulphur Springs, MT
The Senior Center’s commitment is to help seniors remain at home and independent as long as possible. That is possible with good nutrition and healthy life styles. Their goal is to provide a catalyst for neighborhood and community involvement & education through the development of an organic kitchen garden. The Kitchen Garden will enhance nutrition and physical activity, beautify the landscaping around the center as well as provide intergenerational connections.
Gallatin Grown, $1000- Churchill, MT
Based in Churchill, MT, this vegetable farm continues the family’s long-standing tradition of agriculture. They want people to not only know their farmers, but also know what it means to farm and what farming means to the community. Ultimately, their goal is to find common ground and cultivate relationships between people and farmers. The funds will help with a new vegetable washing facility.
Agriculture in Montana Schools, $500- statewide
The goal of AMS is to give Montana students a greater awareness of the contribution of agriculture to their lives and to the national economy and society, so they might become better-informed citizens. Students will gain a better understanding of how Montana’s number one industry, agriculture, affects their lives.
Women’s Foundation of Montana, $500- Helena, MT
The Women’s Foundation of Montana builds resources and leads change to advance the economic self-sufficiency of women and create a brighter future for girls. The project is the planning of a Women’s Leadership Celebration in conjunction with Sheryl Sandberg’s visit to Butte this fall for the Economic Development Summit.
KP Creations, $500- White Sulphur Springs, MT
Based in White Sulphur Springs, this woman owned leather business also includes horsehair hitching. The grant is going towards help towards educational courses on metal engraving to help expand her growing business.
Thrive, $500- Bozeman, MT
The missions of Thrive is to ensure that every child will have an opportunity to grow, succeed and become a valuable member of our community through their programs that strengthen families and empower children and youth. The project is the development of innovative Teen Think Tanks as part of the Girls for a Change empowerment program.
Flathead FFA, $500- Kalispell, MT
Flathead FFA is a student organization that serves the two high schools in Kalispell, MT. The FFA program is a self supporting organization within the school district. Classes are held at the VoAg center, which is a separate campus and encompasses almost 100 acres with pasture, crop land, animal barns and corrals, 6 classrooms, a large shop, and greenhouse.
One Montana, $500- Bozeman, MT
One Montana is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to moving Montana forward through rural-urban partnerships. They do this by the collaboration of likely and unlikely partners to build large-scale initiatives to solve our state’s challenges.
Red Ants Pants would like to congratulate all of our 2013 grant recipients and thank all of the organizations who submitted this year.
2012 GRANT RECIPIENTS:
2012 was the first year of the Red Ants Pants Foundation Grant cycle. Below is the list of highly-deserving grant recipients. We encourage you to explore their websites and support them any way you can.
1) Prairie Heritage Farm
The RAP Foundation grant will help purchase a made in the USA stone mill to grind heritage grains grown on the farm into fresh ground flour, which is more delicious and nutritious. The freshly ground flour will be available to CSA members, customers at farmer’s markets and bakeries and restaurants. This grant will help a small farm family expand markets, diversity the revenue base and increase the long-term viability of the business.
2) Gallatin Valley Farm to School
The RAP Foundation grant will help expand the Farm to School Champions Network, which connects organizers of farm to school related projects to share resources and ideas. The grant will support bi-annual meetings and workshops, develop a quarterly newsletter and recruit new members.
3) Beck Creek Gardens/Northwest Connections
The RAP Foundation grant will help fund a full time farm intern position which will help expand efforts to employ local farmers, train future farmers, and create a local food network that supports the community.
4) Field Day Farms
The RAP Foundation grant will help complete the installation of the drip line and aerial irrigation system on the new acreage and in the farm’s greenhouses. The irrigation system will increase extend the growing season and increase crop yield and total production.
5) YWCA GUTS!
The RAP Foundation grant will help fund an AmeriCorps VISTA to expand the Montana GUTS! Girls Leadership Initiative in rural communities. The VISTA will help develop new partnerships, which entail hosting annual community trainings and providing continual support via an online community discussion forum.
6) Cloud Nine Farm
The RAP Foundation grant will help fund attendance of one-year online Permaculture Design Certificate Course with the end goal of teaching and training interns, volunteers and interested community members. Permaculture is a design science that incorporates many diverse elements to achieve land restoration, biodiverse, self-sustaining farming enterprises, and the wise use of resources within nature’s operating framework for the achievement of multiple yields.
7) Stevens Youth Center
The RAP Foundation grant will help fund the development of a community garden, including supplies and programming surrounding plant growth and development, growing techniques, pest management and other agriculture related topics.
8) Madison Farm to Fork
The RAP Foundation grant will help fund a reliable system for managing a self-sustaining greenhouse operation. This goal is to create a business plan that includes a tracking system, analysis of profit and loss, revenue forecasts, and recommendations on how to proceed.
9) Crazy View Farm
The RAP Foundation grant will help fund an on-site cooler to store organic produce before distribution.
10) Southwest Montana Sustainable Growers’ Union
The RAP Foundation grant will help establish a Saturday farmers market in Livingston. This market will be open to farmers and ranchers within 100 miles of Livingston and will only feature food producers.
It is so wonderful to fully realize the intent of the Foundation.