The Missoula County Parks and Trails Advisory Board frequently forms partnerships with non-profit organizations to improve and maintain County parks and other public recreation areas. In these partnerships, the Park Board provides planning assistance and funding. In turn, the partner organization matches those funds through a combination of project expenses, in-kind donations and volunteer service hours.
The program has $50,000 of funding to award annually for projects that provide outstanding public recreation opportunities. There is no limit on the award amount. A minimum 1:1 match is required for all cash expenses. Volunteer hours and in-kind donations of materials and services can be applied as a match against the remaining cash expenses.
Matching Grant News:
The next call for applications will take place in late August 2019 with a mid-October deadline. Application forms are available for download below if you would like to begin planning your grant project.
Capital Project Application (Word) - for development of new facilities
Capital Project Application (PDF) - for development of new facilities
Maintenance Project Application (Word) - for maintenance of existing facilities
Maintenance Project Application (PDF) - for maintenance of existing facilities
Please contact the County Parks and Trails program at (406) 258-3458 with any questions.
Past Grant Recipients
- Seeley Lake ROCKS (capital) - Build a new open-air skating rink on the athletic fields at Seeley Lake Elementary School
- Seeley Lake Elementary School District #34 (maintenance) - Perform maintenance on the playground and double tennis courts located in Seeley Lake Community Park
- Bitterroot Trail Preservation Alliance (maintenance/capital) - Install wayfinding markers along the Bitterroot Trail. Place and maintain up to three portalets. Install benches and/or tables along Bitterroot Trail
- Friends of 2 Rivers (maintenance/capital) - Weed and feed lawn treatments, install irrigation system for area east of the barn
- East Missoula Lions Club (maintenance) - General park maintenance of the East Missoula Lions Park
- Potomac School District (capital) - add wood chip material to playground fall zones, repair bleachers, add gravel to track
- Swan Valley Museum and Heritage Site (capital) - accessible walking path around site
- Five Valleys Land Trust (capital) - Rock Creek Confluence finishing work on an all-abilities trail; widening, grade setting, boardwalk construction, shelter and concrete pad
- Lolo Community Center (capital) - new playground and landscaping
- Hellgate Lions Park (maintenance) - essential park operation costs; utilities, weed spraying, playground maintenance, concrete sealing
- Friends of Missoula - two additional pickleball courts at Fort Missoula
- Nine Mile Community Center - install a cleanout riser to septic tank, and pump out the tank
- Bitterroot Trail Preservation Alliance - place and service three (3) port-a-lets along the Missoula to Lolo Trail
- East Missoula Lions Club - general park maintenance of the East Missoula Lions Park