Apply for Hometown Humanities Montana! Due 2/27

Hometown Humanities brings a year’s worth of humanities-based programming to a single community—15 to 20 events, all FREE OF CHARGE and open to the public, selected from Humanities Montana’s extensive program catalog. Humanities Montana staff works with the selected community to design a schedule that includes public speakers from our Speakers Bureau and Speakers-in-the-Schools programs, community conversations on local issues, reading and discussion groups, and an array of other possibilities.

The aim of Hometown Humanities is to support the particular cultural interests of a Montana community, and to explore the capacity of the humanities to enrich lives, foster inquiry, and stimulate civil and informed conversations about the human experience. We like to get people talking—sometimes about challenging and sensitive subjects—in ways that broaden perspectives and bring people together.

Hometown Humanities is a group effort. It requires a leadership team of 8-12 local people from libraries, schools, museums, businesses, government, media, etc. Together, these leaders work with Humanities Montana staff to select the year’s slate of events, decide how Hometown Humanities can enhance existing or upcoming cultural programs, provide logistical support, promote upcoming events, and assess what works and what doesn’t along the way.

Who is eligible to apply? Representatives from any community with a population under 20,000. Collaboration is so essential that we require co-applicants from two equally invested local organizations (e.g. a librarian and a school teacher, a local business owner and a museum employee, a health & human services worker and a member of the chamber of commerce, etc.). In section 3 of the application you’ll identify more individuals and organizations who might lend their support.

Please respond to the following prompts fully but succinctly. Contact Humanities Montana if you have questions about the application process.

via Humanities Montana – Hometown Humanities Application.

Pryor Mountains : Crow Sacred Lands on Vimeo

Pryor Mountains : Crow Sacred Lands on Vimeo on Vimeo

via Pryor Mountains : Crow Sacred Lands on Vimeo.

Check out Healthy Meadows about raising goats in Southern Montana!

Montana Public Radio’s 50th Anniversary Short Fiction Contest

Montana Public Radio announces a 50th Anniversary Short Fiction Contest judged by Missoula writer and editor Caroline Patterson. Writers of age 18 or older are eligible to submit an original story. Winners will receive cash prizes:  first place $300, second place $200, third place $100. Winning stories will be featured on MTPR’s popular literary program, The Write Question, and on the station’s Web site and social media. Stories must be no longer than 700 words and must include “Montana Public Radio” in some way. All stories must be previously unpublished and be the original work of the writer entering the contest. There is no entry fee. Submissions will be accepted through March 15, 2015.

More at 50th Anniversary Short Fiction Contest | MTPR.

Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) Program

The Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) program is a grant and loan program established by the Montana Legislature to strengthen and diversify Montana’s agricultural industry through development of new agricultural products and processes.

Eligibility Criteria

The Council may make a grant or loan if it determines that the project is consistent with the goals of the Growth Through Agriculture Act. The projects should primarily add value to Montana’s agricultural products and have the prospects to create and/or retain jobs in Montana. . . .

Application Deadline

Friday, January 30, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.

More at Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) Program :: Montana Department of Agriculture.

Free Business Training for Native Artists to be held in Browning in July

First Peoples Fund - Free business training to be offered to Native artists in Browning, Montana in July

Native artists in Montana will have the opportunity to learn how to expand their arts business during a free professional development training in July.

In partnership with First Peoples Fund, a national Native organization committed to supporting and honoring American Indian artists, Native American Community Development Corporation NACDC in Browning will host a free two-day training for artists across the state looking to develop their skills, connections and business models.

The training will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 10 and Friday, July 11, 2014, at Blackfeet Manpower One-Stop. The training is free to artists, and advanced registration is encouraged by signing up online now.

via First Peoples Fund – Free business training to be offered to Native artists in Browning, Montana in July.

Missoula Veterans Services Centralized

MISSOULA – Detachment, Isolation, feeling that nothing is important anymore; these are some of the symptoms that many veterans have when returning from combat. So what services are offered to local veterans?

The Missoula Vet Center in downtown Missoula offers many different types of counseling in order to get veterans to re-engage with their community.

It also helps veterans with obtaining VA medical care, job searching, and organizing their finances.

The outreach program specialist is an example to how treatment works. “A guy that’s in my position at the time from a vet center sent a letter to me said hey are you feeling all of those things, are you feeling detached, are you feeling all of those things, and I was, and with the help of my wife I was able to connect to a vet center and get some counseling. Kind of get back into society,” said Brian Becker, Vet Center Outreach Program Specialist.

via Numerous services for Missoula veterans centralized | | Missoula, Montana.

Local Harvest Event Grant for Youths Due May 4

This spring, NCAT will partner with two teams of Montana high schoolers to plan a Growing Leaders Local Harvest event to be held in their communities in the fall. The youth-led events will celebrate and educate about healthy, local food. With support from NCAT, these two events will provide youth leadership, learning, and networking opportunities around local food and engage youth, educators, community leaders, local food producers, and others in highlighting, supporting, and building vibrant community-based food systems in Montana.

Who should apply?

Teams of high school-aged youth from any Montana community working together with an adult who is:

✔ A member of a high school’s faculty or staff, or

✔ An employee of a 501(c)3 organization, or

✔ A parent sponsored by a high school, a 501(c)3 organization, or a PTO/PTA

via Local Harvest Event Grant – Home.