2019 Community Grants
With proceeds from the 2018 Red Ants Pants Music Festival, we were able to award more than $10,000 in grants in 2019. Below are the four recipients of the 2018 Red Ants Pants Foundation Community Grant. Congratulations!
Location: Bozeman, MT
Grant Awarded: $5,000
Women teaching Welding to Women! This Fall, Gallatin College Welding Technology program is offering a welding course exclusively for women, taught by women. Our goal is to encourage self-reliance and expand the skill set of women in the Gallatin, Park, Meagher, Madison, Jefferson and Broadwater area to include welding and metal working so that they can take these valuable skills back to the farm or ranch, to make repairs, create artwork, or as an introduction for a future career in welding.
Montana Preservation Alliance
Location: Helena & White Sulphur Springs, MT
Grant Awarded: $2,500
The heritage of Montana is embedded in the rural places and natural landscapes that are the backdrop to our lives. These are places where timeless rock art, buffalo jumps, historic trails, agricultural and tribal communities, and rich cultural traditions all twine together to tell the over-arching story of Montana. The MPA will host our fifth biennial Preservation Roadshow, to take in sites such as these in the White Sulphur Springs area next June 10-13, 2020. We hold this award-winning conference in small Montana towns every other year to showcase the heritage and successful preservation work in our rural state. Each Road Show involves a partnership of federal land managing agencies; state historic, humanities and parks agencies; regional tourism; and local business and culture leaders. This grant award will be used to curate a panel of rural leaders from across the country as part of the Preservation Roadshow.
Carter County Museum
Location: Ekalaka, MT
Grant Awarded: $1,700
Founded by the Carter County Geological Society, the Museum is a community institution that engages audiences in exploring 90 million years of history including dinosaurs, American Indian ways of life, and the ranching traditions of today. This grant will be used to purchase a Protocycler to recycle plastic waste from failed 3D print projects and upcycle water bottles into 3D printing filaments for educational kits based on museum collections. This program will educate the next generation of children in science, while inspiring discussions on sustainability and the future of our planet.
Western Landowners Alliance
Location: Statewide, MT
Grant Awarded: $800
Women in Ranching strives to EMPOWER women on the land, through our Circle gatherings. These Circles build a connected community of ranch women who support each other in their work on the land. This is accomplished in our gatherings through experiential learning, self-inquiry, exploration and unique skill-building opportunities in a safe, facilitated environment. Our goal is accomplished when women return to their rural communities with an increased sense of agency. This work is emergent and evolving, we are truly grateful for the support offered by the Red Ants Pants Foundation!