For Organizations and Artists

Cultural & Aesthetic Project Grants

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, the visual, performing, literary and media arts, history, archaeology, folklore, archives, collections, research, historic preservation and the construction or 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.

The deadline for FY16-17 Cultural Trust Applications was August 1, 2014. The next deadline for FY18-19 will be August 1, 2016. You may see a sample of the previous guidelines at the link below.

The guidelines for the application are here.

Click here for the online application.

The Cultural Trust Grants are carried in HB9 and contained in Volume 7 of the Governorís 2014-2015 Budget.

Link to Volume 7 of the Governorís Budget for 2014-2015, PDF

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Cultural & Aesthetic Project logos

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FY2014-2015 Cultural Trust Grant Management

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