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NorthWestern Energy Charitable Giving Program

NorthWestern Energy

Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Applied Project / Program, Education / Outreach, Capital Project

Location of project: Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Counties in Montana: Beaverhead County, Big Horn County Expand all

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

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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. 

The charitable programs are among the ways that NorthWestern Energy participates as an active participant in the communities where we do business. 

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

Health & 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 & Community:

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

Culture & The Arts:

Donations will be considered for local museums, libraries, cultural centers and the performing arts.

Resource Conservation:

Donations will be considered in the areas of habitat preservation, and 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.
  • 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.
  • In limited instances, non-monetary gifts may be considered. 


  • Requests for physical improvements and equipment purchases are generally favored over operating funds except in the case of social service organizations such as the United Way.


  • United Way is heavily supported through direct donations and matching gifts of our employees and retirees.
    • Therefore, individual United Way agency requests will generally not be considered except for capital projects.
  • Donations will not be made to national organizations.
  • Donations will not be made to support political activities or organizations established to primarily influence legislation – nor will contributions be made for religious purposes.
  • 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. 
  • The company generally does not fund economic and commercial development projects.
  • We prefer not to fund multi-year requests. 

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