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STATE & NATIONAL LEWIS & CLARK GRANTS AVAILABLE- 10/23/03

    Qualified non-profit organizations that are putting their hearts, hard work, and dedication into projects related to the state’s commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Corps of Discovery can now apply for grants from the Montana Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission to help pay for them.

    “We have many wonderful events and projects underway statewide,” Commission Executive Director Clint Blackwood said. “A primary goal of the commission is to coordinate and support those efforts. This grant program is one of the ways in which we do that.”

    The grants, which are being offered for the fifth straight year, will range from $5,000 to $25,000, and interested organizations have until Dec. 19, 2003, to apply.

    The total amount available for the grant program this year will be determined Feb. 10, 2004, at the meeting of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission. The grants are a combined effort of the commission and the Montana Department of Commerce’s Travel Montana Program.

    Under the same program last year requests totaling $825,492 were received and 10 projects totaling $89,950 were funded.

    “There are still many quality projects out there that we have not been able to fund over the past four years. We are always looking for local and statewide sponsors to join our team, so please contact us if you or your business is interested in getting involved,” Blackwood said.

    Additionally, the National Park Service is accepting applications for their 2004 Challenge Cost Shares grant program. The maximum amount for each project is $250,000, and applications must be submitted through their website, www.nps.gov/lecl/, no later than Jan. 15, 2004.

    Grant information and application forms for both programs are available on the commission’s website, http:///www.montanalewisandclark.org/funding, by calling 406-443-2109, or writing Montana Lewis and Clark Commission, PO Box 201203, Helena MT 59620-1203.

     


     

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