Grant opportunities

The Columbus Community Foundation is committed to supporting non-profits serving the Columbus community through our annual grant program. We believe in fostering projects that enhance the quality of life in our community and contribute to its long-term prosperity.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Sponsored by an organization with 501(c)3 status or a tax-exempt governmental unit serving the Columbus Community.
  • Designed to be completed within one year.

areas of interest

We prioritize grants that address one or more of the following areas:

  • Arts and Culture: Enhancing cultural experiences and promoting artistic expression in our community.
  • Basic Human Needs: Supporting programs that provide essential services to individuals and families in need.
  • Economic and/or Community Development: Fostering economic growth and building stronger, more vibrant communities.
  • Education: Investing in initiatives that empower individuals through education and skill-building opportunities.
  • Natural Resources and Conservation: Protecting and preserving our environment for future generations.

How to Apply

Interested organizations can submit grant proposals during our annual application period. Stay tuned for updates on application deadlines and submission guidelines.

Previous grant recipients

Explore our past grant recipients to see the impact of our funding on the Columbus community.

2022:  $11,350

Columbus Senior Center$3,600.00Supplies for meal deliveries
Stillwater Legacy Trails$4,800.00Trash receptacles, benches, and signage along Columbus trails 
Stillwater Youth Center$2,950.00Facility upgrades – flooring

2021:  $6,614

Kids Club$New sleeping equipment
4-H Shooting Sports$New equipment and update outdated or unserviceable equipment.
Columbus Senior Center$New upright freezer
Stillwater Wrestling Club$New NCAA standard mats

2020:  $5,874

Columbus Mental Health Center$4,250.00Improve access to mental health care
Stillwater Youth Center$1,624.00Upgrade ministry equipment

2019:  $3,840.35

Stillwater County 4-H$1080.004-H Dog Project
Project Hope$960.35Lighting and Equipment for Donations  
DSVS$1800.00Rent for seven months

2018:  $5,465

Stillwater County 4-H$1000.004-H Dog Project
Columbus Senior Center$3800.00Dishwasher
Kruizin’ 4 Seniors$665.00Assistance with Raffle Printing

2017: $9,429.94

Stillwater County 4-H$2000.004-H Pig Barn Upgrades
Stillwater Valley Watershed Council$1000.00Columbus Area Weed Eradication
Project Hope$849.00Freezer
Columbus Mental Health$1689.00New Curriculum Materials for addiction treatments
Columbus Community Congregational Church$1070.00Local Church Camp Scholarships
Stillwater Billings Clinic$1200.00150 bike helmets for area youth
Stillwater Youth Center$1621.94New Windows 

2016: $8,064.64

Stillwater Youth Center$2000.00New Spaces – indoor remodel project and outdoor landscaping project
Stillwater Valley Watershed Council$2500.00Columbus Area Weed Eradication
Project Hope$1500.00Flooring Project
Stillwater Legacy Trails$563.00Haunted House
Stillwater Billings Clinic$1501.64Prescription Drug Abuse Program in the Columbus Schools

2015: $4,000

Stillwater Valley Watershed Council$2500.00Weed Control Efforts – Columbus area on the Stillwater River
Compassionate Friends$1500.00Forever Loved Memorial Garden

2014: $8,500

Camp Postcard$2000.00Camp Postcard
Museum of the Beartooths$500.00They Built Columbus and Montana Book Project
Project Hope$1650.00Smoothie Program
Special K Ranch$850.00Equipment, teaching and training supplies for the SKR Equestrian Program
Stillwater Youth Center$3500.00Two new air conditioning units at the Stillwater Youth Center

2013: $2,350

Special K Ranch$1100.00Equestrian Program
Project Hope$1250.00Nutrition Plus Program

2012: $7,297.74

Kruizin 4 Seniors$297.74Backdrop supplies
Special K Ranch$1000.00Training-staff/volunteer
Project Hope$3000.00Food Drive
Stillwater Youth Center$3000.00 (challenge Grant)Inflatable play set

2011: $1,650

Kruizin 4 Seniors$300.00Camera
Columbus Community Garden$800.00Pergola for the Garden
Columbus Elementary 2nd Grade$550.00Veteran’s Wall

2010: $1,025

Museum of the Beartooths375.00Archival Supplies
Compassionate Friends of the Stillwater Valley300.00Brochure/Pamphlets
Kruizin 4 Seniors350.00Santa Su

2009: $4,800

Friends of the Stillwater County Library$800.00Shelving
Museum of the Beartooths$1000.00Brochures
Project Hope$2500.00Awning
Upward Cheerleading$500.00Scholarships

2008: $10,000

Kid’s Club$1300.00Refrigerator/microwave
Stillwater Youth Center$1375.00Entrance Way
Stillwater Community Coalition$4700.00After School Program
Stillwater Community Hospital$1375.00Security Cameras
Museum of the Beartooths$750.00Match for signage
Upward Basketball$500.00Scholarships


Thank you for your interest in the Columbus Community Foundation grant program. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those we serve.