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***NOTICE: Strategic Investment Grants for fiscal year 2024 are closed. We are currently only accepting applications for activities occurring after July 1, 2024 (FY2025)***

Strategic Investment Grants

Strategic Investment Grants (SIG) provide up to $1000 for expenses related to opportunities for professional development, market expansion, and art events.  SIG enables artists and teachers to advance their professional careers and supports nonprofit organizations in the advancement of arts-related programs.  

SIG supports a wide variety of arts-related activities and opportunities:

  • Attendance at workshops, trainings, residencies, or conferences 
  • Exhibiting at trade shows, gallery showings conferences, festivals, or other art events  
  • Public outreach and marketing for events or publications
  • Expansion of online presence or entry into new online marketplaces
  • Performances, public art installations, demonstrations, or exhibitions 
  • Investments in technology or tools that represent a clear step forward professionally

Application Deadline

Applications are due on the 15th of each month by 11:59 p.m. If the 15th falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be the next business day. Applications must be submitted electronically via the online grant system. Applications submitted by the deadline will be reviewed the following month.

For more information about the review process or for assistance with the application, email

Grant Guidelines

SIG has distinct questions, eligibility requirements, and review criteria for artist applicants and 501(c)3 organization applicants.  Click the link below to view and download guidelines. 

SIG Guidelines PDF 

Program Contact

Brian Moody

The Strategic Investment Grant committee meets monthly to discuss applications. These meetings are open to the public. For an agenda and meeting information visit the Council Meetings page. 

2023 (Updated December 13, 2023)

Gwen Hart Havre
Carol Hartman Red Lodge
Denise Rauch Butte
Liz Chappie-Zoller Three Forks
Brooke Carnwath Bozeman
Tessa Heck Kalispell
Mary Kate Teske Billings
John Knight Missoula
Heidi Faessel Whitefish
April Werle Missoula
Maxim Loskutoff Missoula
Queen City Ballet Company Helena
Eileen Laskowski Billings
Celeste Sotola Basin
Eureka Community Players Eureka
Bailey Zook Missoula
Patricia Thornton Missoula
Jack Schwarze Bozeman
Brianna Burke Helena
Danielle O'Malley Helena
Tara McFarland Missoula
William Kautz Missoula
Daniel Iverson Missoula
Ben Weiss Missoula
Kelli Van Noppen Missoula
Beaverhead Tourism Council Dillon
Anna Paige Billings
Christine Martin Butte
William (Bill) Willkey Helena
Audrey Hall Livingston
Charles Finn Havre
Jill Johnson Bozeman
Kelly Schirmann Missoula
Stephanie Dishno Missoula
Rachel Ritacco Helena
Grant Geiger Missoula

2022 (Updated December 15, 2022)

Katrina Ruhmland St. Ignatius
Orphan Girl Children's Theatre Butte
Beth Aimee Livingston
August Uhl Bozeman
Leslie Millar Arlee
Brooke Armstrong Missoula
Lauren Grabelle Bigfork
Melissa DiNino McLeod
Cara Wilder Bozeman
Leon Hoskins Missoula
Arts Council of Big Sky  Big Sky
Chamber Music Project Bozeman
Kevin League Helena
Leon Hoskins Missoula
Catherine Moser Lewistown
Candice Methe Red Lodge
Lewistown Art Center Lewistown
Raison Detre Dance Project Bozeman
Jacob Cowgill Power
Danielle O'Malley Helena
Tanya Abou-Ghazaly Missoula
Megan Eubank Livingston
Krista Pasini Billings
Maria Bonilla Billings
Kelsey Dzintars Bozeman
Stella Nall Missoula
Monica Gilles-Brings Yellow Horses Missoula
Shanley Swanson Arlee
Bitterroot Valley Chorus Hamilton
Carrie Kohles Great Falls
Western Montana Professional Learning Collaborative Lolo
Great Falls Municipal Band Great Falls
Jessica Salazar Fort Benton
Anna Paige Billings
Laurel Sears Missoula
Heidi Zielinski Stevensville
Lena Schiffer Bozeman
Joshua Moore Bozeman
Matt Demarais Bozeman
Brian Kassay Bozeman
Ethan Demarais Bozeman
Carrie McCleary Hardin
Ryan Acker Bozeman
Don Whittecar Stevensville
Maxim Loskutoff Missoula
Brian Christianson Missoula
Ian Thomas Livingston
Anna Jesaitis Bozeman
Jaime Carrier Fort Benton
Shaun Carrier Fort Benton
Ryan Parker Bozeman
Charlotte Quist Dillon
Bruno Augusto Missoula
Jennifer Couch St. Ignatius
Michaela Bromberek Helena
Bill Wilkey Helena
Deva Gallagher Billings
Kaylee Osentowski Great Falls
Garden City Ballet Missoula
Lewistown Art Center Lewistown
Lea Frye Helena
Maura Wright Helena
Stephanie Seguin Helena


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