Community Grants

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WE BELIEVE IN... The Value of Rural Communities.

Because in small towns, we need each other, and we maintain the personal connection.

2022 Community Grants

For the 2022 grant cycle, the Red Ants Pants Foundation is seeking applications for projects that support our mission pillar of enriching and promoting rural communities. The following criteria are intended to provide guidance on the Foundation's funding priorities and a brief understanding of the application process.  

Eligible Applicants

Applications are open to nonprofit organizations, LLC or businesses, and in some cases, individuals.  Eligible individuals or organizations must be seeking funds for a project that aligns with the mission and values of the Red Ants Pants Foundation and demonstrate that the grant award will be used in a way that furthers the mission and values of the Red Ants Pants Foundation. 

The Foundation will not fund political organizations, events or candidates.  The Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

2022 Priority Area - Enrich and promote rural communities

We believe in the value of rural communities, because in small towns, we need each other, and we maintain the personal connection.

Proposed projects should:

  • Primarily serve rural areas in the state of Montana 

  • Demonstrate community support via financial or in-kind donations, matches, volunteers, partnerships etc

  • Be spearheaded by competent individuals and/or organizations that demonstrate strong leadership capacity and the ability to leverage resources

  • Demonstrate an impact on the quality of life through tangible effects on the local community


Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Community educational resources such as libraries, museums

  • Community gatherings or events

  • Public gathering spaces - bring back the dance halls!

  • Community cultural education sessions, gatherings, or organizations 

  • Training for local leaders 

  • Agricultural or civic organizations with programs or resources that support rural areas

  • Other projects that are important in your community


Capital Improvements and Campaigns

The Red Ants Pants Foundation will consider grants for capital improvements for existing or  building new structures. However due to the limited funds, grants for capital projects are generally only made when a substantial portion of the required funds is already in hand.

General Operating Funds

Funds The Foundation will consider applications for general operating funds, as well as specific projects


Grant Amounts

Please visit our previous grant awards pages to see what the Foundation has funded in the past.  Grants range from $500 - $5,000 with an average of $1,000.  


Grant Award Timeline

 All projects must be completed and a final grant report submitted by one year of award date. 

2022 Community Grant Application

New this year, the Foundation will be implementing a two phased approach. 

The first phase is submitting a letter of intent due May 13th, 2022. 

Selected applicants will be asked to submit a full application by June 3rd, 2022.  Awards will be made on June 17th, 2022. 

Each year, with proceeds from the Red Ants Pants Music Festival, the Red Ants Pants Foundation awards grants to organizations and individuals whose projects further our mission. Family-run farms and ranches, women’s and rural empowerment organizations, and female entrepreneurs; we believe these hardworking folks strengthen our Montana way of life. The Red Ants Pants Foundation has granted over $110,000 to over 90 entities across nearly every corner of Montana to date.

Eligible individuals or organizations must have a mission and values in alignment with the Foundation and demonstrate that the grant award will be used in a way that furthers the mission and values of the Red Ants Pants Foundation.

The Mission of the Red Ants Pants Foundation:
  • To develop and expand leadership roles for women.

  • To preserve and support working family farms and ranches.

  • To enrich and promote rural communities.

The Values of the Red Ants Pants Foundation:
  • To recognize and cultivate a strong work ethic.

  • To encourage and build self-reliance, especially for women.

  • To educate the public on the importance of maintaining traditional work skills.

  • To provide opportunities for people with different perspectives to connect, build bridges, and discover common ground.

Montana Conservation Corps (MCC)
2016 Red Ants Pants Foundation Grantee

Montana Conservation Corps helps young people acquire vital work competencies that build a foundation for achieving success, an affinity and aptitude for working and recreating in the outdoors, and an understanding and appreciation of public lands.

The Red Ants Pants Foundation grant will help us research and design specific innovations that support MCC's priority goals of increasing participation and retention of girls in our youth program and to specifically improve participation and success of low-income girls.
Flathead Chapter of FFA 
2015 Red Ants Pants Foundation Grantee

The Flathead Chapter of Future Farmers of America (FFA) helps high school students become successful adults by providing opportunities in a wide variety of careers. Funding from a 2015 Red Ants Pants Foundation grant helped to purchase new auto-darkening welding helmets.

I'm so grateful to be able to offer these helmets to our students, especially the girls. This grant had an immediate impact in the success of our female students learning to weld. When they can see what they're doing and when they can see where to strike an arc it makes all the difference in getting them going.

-Sue Lewis, Flathead High School

Grant Recipients: The Big Picture