CMF typically grants more than $200,000 annually from its unrestricted funds to a variety of projects in Central Montana. Essential services, healthcare, education, cultural and recreational projects that improve quality of life in Central Montana are CMF's areas of interest. These awards are made thanks to the generosity of donors to CMF's General Endowment, and from the estates of Mildred Bryte, Bertha Martin, John & Alice Janicek, Rosie Pense, Chester Rickner, Gertrude Saxtorph, Gladys Housel Teigen (Housel Family Fund), Sally Wells and Margie Wilkins. These "superheroes" of Central Montana wanted to leave a permanent legacy to benefit future generations. The principal of their estate gifts is endowed and remains untouched, while income produced provides grant awards for eligible projects. Funds raised through the Central Montana Foundation are used for the benefit of Central Montanans. Major criteria in the decision to support a funding request is that the quality of life for area residents be enhanced and the project benefit as many people as possible.

In addition, another $1 million+ or so is put to work annually from grants from restricted funds held by area non-profit and tax-exempt organizations that hold permanent endowment and pass through accounts under CMF's umbrella.

CLICK HERE TO SEE A LIST OF CMF GRANTS AWARDED 2010-2014! These grants to healthcare, essential services, education, cultural and civic projects served to improve life for the very young to the very old in Central Montana!

The CMF grant application is under the "Applications" tab on this website. Minor grants (under $5,000) are considered at the CMF Board of Directors' monthly meeting and major grants ($5,000+) are considered once per year at the annual meeting in May (application due April 1.)


Each year the Central Montana Foundation provides a variety of scholarships for Central Montana's graduating seniors and post-secondary students currently enrolled in an accredited post-secondary program.  Scholarship applications are accepted in March and April of each year.

The Central Montana Foundation makes the process of applying easy by providing a universal application that can be used to apply for all of the Central Montana Foundation Scholarships as well as other area scholarships. The application can be found at Once there, click on “Academics,” then “Guidance/Scholarships,” then either "Universal Application - Due mid-March of the application year" or "Universal Application (Post High School) – Due April 15th of the application year."  Applications are available in December.

In addition to the application, scholarship information and eligibility requirements can be found on the FHS and CMF websites. For questions regarding the scholarship application process, Fergus High School guidance counselor can be reached by calling 406-535-2321 or call CMF Executive Director Carrie Mantooth at 406-538-6130.

Completed applications can be mailed or delivered to the Guidance Department, Fergus High School, 1001 Casino Creek Drive, Lewistown, MT 59457.