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In 1975, the Montana Legislature set aside a percentage of the Coal Tax to restore murals in the Capitol and support other cultural and aesthetic projects. This unique funding source is a Cultural Trust, with grant money allocated every two years. Grant funds are derived from the interest earned on the Cultural Trust.


In 1983, the Legislature established a Cultural and Aesthetic Projects Advisory Committee with 16 members, half appointed by the Montana Arts Council and half by the Montana Historical Society. The committee reviews all grant proposals and makes funding recommendations to the Legislature, which determines who will receive grant funds. The Montana Arts Council administers the program for the Legislature.





Applications must be for cultural and aesthetic projects including, but not limited to:

  • Visual Arts
  • Performing Arts
  • Literary Arts
  • Media Arts
  • History
  • Archaeology
  • Folklore
  • Archives
  • Collections
  • Research
  • Historic Preservation and Construction
  • Renovation of Cultural Facilities 


Applications are encouraged for applicants serving rural communities, racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, institutionalized populations, youth and the aging.




2020-2021 Guidelines

Grant Application and Reporting

Grant Application and Reporting

Call for Nominations to Cultural Trust Grant Committee

Call for Nominations to Cultural Trust Grant Committee

Volume 7 of the Governor's budget

Volume 7 of the Governor's Budget






Montana Arts Council | 830 N. Warren Street, Helena, MT 59601 | P.O. Box 202201, Helena, MT 59620-2201 | P: (406) 444-6430 | F: (406) 444-6548 | mac@mt.gov 

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The Montana Arts Council is funded by the State of Montana and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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