Terry’s Evelyn Cameron Heritage non-profit group receives 10k grant

For The Tribune

  Evelyn Cameron Heritage, Inc. of Terry has been named one of the 17 non-profit organizations throughout the state to be awarded grant money from the PPL Montana Community Fund. 

Evelyn Cameron Heritage, Inc was listed as a fall recipient of the PPL Montana Community Fund and will receive $10,000. The grant money will be used to help build a second entry and exit in the back of the historic Rialto Theatre, which is being refurbished to serve as the new home of the Evelyn Cameron Cultural Center, according to a PPL Montana press release.
Only three other groups received $10,000 from the PPL Montana Community Fund this fall. Grant money ranges from $1,000 to $10,000 each.
PPL Montana Community Fund has been donating grant funds for more than five years. The money has helped nearly 200 Montana organizations that share PPL Montana’s commitment to education, environmental responsibility and economic development.
“When we give money to organizations like these, we hear firsthand about how we make our state a better place to live and work,” said Lisa Perry, manager of community affairs for PPL Montana.
Twice a year, the PPL Montana Community Fund Advisory Board awards $100,000 in grants to schools and nonprofit organizations that address quality-of-life issues. The fund’s advisory board is made up of 18 people from the company and from the community who review grant applications from across the state. Individuals serve two years on the board.

        Other 2010 fall PPL Montana Community Fund grant recipients are:
  •         Belt Golden Agers, Belt, $10,000 — to assist a senior citizens group in providing a more energy-efficient and comfortable meeting facility by replacing insulation, and upgrading windows and doors.
  •         Education Foundation for Billings Public Schools BACKPACK, Billings, $6,000 — to continue a pilot program started last year that provides weekend food backpacks to chronically hungry low-income students.
  •         Harlem Blaine County Ambulance III, Harlem, $2,500 — to purchase a stretcher to safely transport patients from homes with narrow passageways and tight areas to a gurney.
  •        Havre Area Chamber of Commerce, Havre, $1,000 — to continue support of Leadership High School, now in its 10th year, which provides opportunities for high school juniors to learn the importance of leadership skills, community involvement and diversity.
  • Hopa Mountain, Bozeman, $4,000 — to support its Youth Leadership Program, which includes outdoor problem-solving games, science education and community service learning initiatives, for teens living in Gallatin and Park counties.
  • Libby K-12 Schools, Libby, $9,184 — to support the Kootenai Outdoor Adventure Project, a successful program for at-risk students that engages them in outdoor adventure programs and environmental service projects. The program is administered by the school district.
  • Montana Natural History Center, Missoula, $9,000 — to complete the creation of an outdoor classroom to teach about native plants, make repairs to a building used to store teaching supplies and build a shade shelter at Fort Missoula.
  • Montana Natural Resources Youth Camp, Inc., Missoula, $3,700 — to support a weeklong outdoor education program focused on ecosystems, natural resource management, stewardship, conservation and leadership for up to 40 Montana youth each summer.
  • Montana School for the Deaf & Blind, Great Falls, $6,300 — to support the school’s Transition Program, which provides employment training and experience, along with life skills development. 
  • Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, $2,500 — to allow eligible Head Start families a free annual museum membership, part of a team effort between the museum and Head Start to provide financially disadvantaged children the opportunity to visit a museum. 
  • The University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area, Missoula, $10,000 — to bring a hands-on science show to three Native American reservations, where it will reach 1,000 students as well as their families and communities. 
  • Thompson Falls School District, Thompson Falls, $9,980 — to purchase a PlasmaCam, a vocational training tool that allows students to design projects on a computer and provide a visual link between the designs on-screen and the shapes being cut.
  • Virginia City Preservation Alliance, Ennis, $2,500 — to help complete the relocation and restoration of the historic Madison County cabin of Frank Bird Linderman, a noted author, artist, editor and advocate for Montana’s Native Americans. 
  • Wheatland County Senior Citizens Center, Harlowton, $10,000 — to complete a fundraising campaign for a new handicapped-accessible van to transport homebound seniors to medical appointments, errands and to the center for lunch. 
  • Wibaux County Nursing Home, Wibaux, $1,336 — to help purchase 16 two-way radios to improve communication and safety, and allowing 40 patients to stay in their homes.   
  • Writing Coaches of Missoula, Missoula, $2,000 — to support a growing program that pairs adult mentors with students in the Missoula schools and works to improve writing and critical thinking skills.
More information about PPL Montana is available at www.pplmontana.com

Published Nov. 17, 2010

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