Centennial Community Initiative

CCI's Goal is Rural Economic Development
Although this program is now closed, your donations helped make the Montana Farm Bureau Foundation Centennial Community Initiative a great success

Rural Montana is more than just our home.  It’s where many of us were born, grew up and raised a family of our own.  It’s where we helped build a community of hard working Montanans who care deeply about their responsibility to provide healthy food and quality products for Americans, and for others around the world.  Montana Farm Bureau Foundation envisions a future where agriculture is thriving in Montana, and where younger people are excited to come home and work on Montana’s farms and ranches.  Where the rural communities in which Montana’s ranch and farming families reside are healthy and vibrant. 

2019 will mark the 100 th birthday for our parent organization, Montana Farm Bureau Federation. To celebrate our first 100 years and renew the betterment of the communities of Montana, the Foundation is offering qualified applicants the opportunity to apply for grant funding.  Montana Farm Bureau Foundation looks to increase rural prosperity and stimulate economic development by strengthening its roots and bettering small towns across Montana.  


Our Foundation has committed a centennial investment total of $100,000 to offer the opportunity of grants to individuals or companies that will contribute to economic development in rural Montana.  The Montana Farm Bureau Foundation Board has not set a limit on individual grants.  However, it is our intention to fund multiple projects throughout rural Montana.  The Centennial Community Initiative is established to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs, support infrastructure improvements, increase support in community service, and provide a long lasting impact in Montana rural areas.   The following examples are projects that may be awarded a grant through the Centennial Community Initiative.

  • Creating a business plan that will allow a new rural business to attract start-up capital.
  • Provide matching grant money for large economic development projects.  
  • Purchase equipment needed for a new rural business.
  • Community improvement projects that attract new businesses or new residents.

Grant Funding Procedure

Grants will be funded in advance per timeline task. Task reports, complete with supporting documentation for expenses (receipts), must be returned within 30 days of task timeline completion and prior to receiving the next payment for subsequent tasks/activities. Any unexpended funds must be remitted back to the Montana Farm Bureau Foundation at that time.

Prior written approval is required from the Montana Farm Bureau Foundation grant administrator for:

  • Consecutive task funding
  • Extension of task timeline
  • Extension of reporting period
  • Expenses not previously laid out in the approved grant budget