As a follow up to the 2015 Montana Healthy Communities Conference, the Montana Rural Health Initiative (a program of MORH/AHEC) launched mini grants to help communities in Montana hatch and grow projects aimed at improving the health of communities by addressing "upstream" factors that influence health. 

An idea generated through the conference was to provide mini-grants to stimulate existing efforts and create new opportunities to improve health. Projects funded involve community organizations;  different sectors such as transportation, economic development, housing and early childhood; and include health and public health entities working together to improve community health. Mini-grants are expected to be between $250-$1000. 

2016 Mini-Grant Recipients: 

  • The River Valley Farmers Market- Hardin, MT 
  • Richland County Backpack Food Program- Sidney, MT
  • Diabetes Self-Management Education- Big Timber, MT
  • Waukesha Garden Hoophouse- Helena, MT
  • Food for Thoughts Counseling Program- Red Lodge, MT
  • Chemo Care Packages- Forsyth, MT 
  • Parents as Leaders- Missoula, MT 
  • Kids in Motion: Bicycle Light Project- Billings, MT

Thank you for your submissions! 



The Montana Healthy Communities Mini Grants were made possible in part by the generous donations from these wonderful sponsors:

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana
First Interstate BancSystem Foundation
PacificSource Health Plans
Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS)
Northwest Area Foundation
The O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation
Montana Credit Union Network
Montana Primary Care Association
Montana CDC
Mountain Pacific Quality Health Foundation