NorthWestern Energy Community Works Grants

NorthWestern Energy

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, General Operating Expense, Project / Program, Education / Outreach, Capital Project

Location of project: Counties in Montana: Beaverhead County, Big Horn County, Blaine County, Broadwater County, Carbon County Show all

Location of residency: Counties in Montana: Beaverhead County, Big Horn County, Blaine County, Broadwater County, Carbon County Show all

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NOTE: All applications will be considered as received. Applicants may expect a response within approximately twelve weeks (quarterly)

Community Works

NorthWestern Energy is a community within many communities. We are close to 1,600 individuals working collectively to build stronger communities in Montana, Nebraska and South Dakota through the production, generation and delivery of electricity and natural gas.

Our goal is to be a leading corporate citizen in each of the diverse communities we serve. In 2017, our Community Works Fund contributed more than $2.1 million in economic development, charitable donations and community sponsorships. We are invested fully in the community spirit that connects us in common purpose.

Community Works Fund

NorthWestern Energy wants to make the communities it serves better places to live, work and prosper. That's why we're proud to donate to a wide range of worthy causes. We encourage qualified nonprofit organizations that operate within our service territory to apply for donations through our NorthWestern Energy Charitable Giving program. Our local committees review requests year-round and determine funding.

While we seek to support a wide range of community activities, donations will generally be made to those non-profit groups that have the greatest opportunity for positively affecting the communities we serve and are focused in one of the following categories:

EDUCATION: Education remains a primary focus of the company. Donations to education will primarily be made through university system foundations and scholarship programs. Donations will also be made in support of local colleges, and special primary and secondary education programs in the fields of science, technology, math, and youth leadership.

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES: Donations will be considered for organizations serving human needs such as the United Way, youth homes and special community health and safety needs. Donations will generally not be made to national health organizations or for medical equipment or research funds.

CIVIC AND COMMUNITY: Donations will be considered for civic improvement, special events, and youth and senior citizen organizations.

CULTURE AND THE ARTS: Donations will be considered for local museums, libraries, cultural centers and the performing arts.

RESOURCE CONSERVATION: Donations will be considered for requests regarding environmental preservation including habitat, fish, and wildlife protection.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Qualified nonprofit organizations must submit an application or written request with proof of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) or Section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code to be eligible for consideration.
  • Donations should generally be monetary only. In limited instances, non-monetary gifts may be considered.


  • Requests for physical improvements and equipment purchases are generally favored over operating funds.


  • Donations will not be made to national organizations, but may be made to local affiliates providing services within our communities.
  • Donations will not be made to support political activities or organizations established to primarily influence legislation
  • Donations will not be made to for religious purposes, although academic non-religious learning activities or sporting events provided at private schools may be considered
  • Donations will not be made to, or on behalf of, individuals
  • Donations generally will not be made in support of fraternal, service, veteran, social groups or sporting events. These may be considered for discretionary giving.
  • We will not fund multi-year requests.