WE BELIEVE … in giving back to the communities in which we live and work—through physical involvement, personal philanthropy, and grants made to nonprofit organizations through the AMB West Community Fund (“The Fund”). The mission of The Fund is to enhance the quality of life for residents of Montana, particularly in Park and Gallatin Counties.
The Fund was established in 2001 and more than $4.6 million in grants has been distributed. After assessing the landscape of existing programs and areas of need through conversations with community stakeholders, The Fund has identified four areas of focus for 2019: early childhood development, youth empowerment and development, community wellness and youth suicide prevention.
Known by guests for their caring and attentive service, the associates of AMB West work to earn that same reputation in their local community. AMB West Associates review grant proposals, attend site visits and provide recommendations for investments made by The Fund. Associates strive to incorporate The Blank Family of Businesses Core Values in all aspects of their community giving.
Our 2019 priorities include:
- Early Childhood Development: The Fund will award grants to organizations providing children, birth to five, with quality opportunities that will prepare them for successful lifelong development. The Fund is especially interested in projects that promote healthy parent-child relationships, as well as social and emotional skills among parents and children.
- Youth Empowerment and Development: The Fund seeks creative nonprofit efforts to improve youth development and nurture young leaders, especially programs that empower youth and cultivate young stewards of land and wildlife through education, physical activity, wilderness experiences and outdoor adventure.
- Happiness & Health Through Wellness: Recognizing that lifestyle changes can yield dramatic positive results for the mind and body, The Fund will consider proposals integrating wellness programs in a variety of settings, including but not limited to mental health services, juvenile justice services, schools and family counseling. Some approaches may include practices such as yoga, meditation, outdoor recreation and nutritional education.
- Youth Suicide Prevention: Montana has the highest suicide rate of any state in the U.S., and Park County has the fourth highest rate among Montana counties. For that reason, The Fund seeks proposals for programmatic or policy innovations that will contribute to a sustained, long-term reduction in youth suicide in Park County.
The AMB West Community Fund supports creative approaches and innovative programs that improve outcomes for children and families in Park and Gallatin Counties. The Fund will only consider supporting organizations that can demonstrate the ability to foster community cooperation and collaboration. Nonprofit organizations focused on advocacy or policy changes are eligible to apply and must demonstrate how their activities hold promise for large-scale systemic change
For full application requirements, preferences, priorities and application instructions, click here to access the AMB West Community Fund Grant Guidelines
In addition to the grant application, all applicants must submit a video; a link to submit a video will be provided within the grant application and details are included in the Grant Guidelines.
To submit a 2019 grant application for $20,000 or less, click here. The invitation code is AMBWCFSUM.
To submit a 2019 grant application for more than $20,000,click here. The invitation code is AMBWESTCF.