High Stakes Foundation Grant

High Stakes Foundation

Grant amount: US $1,000 - US $30,000

Next anticipated deadline: Apr 1, 2019 (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Sep 1, 2019 (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense

Location of project: Montana

Location of residency: United States

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NOTE: A letter of inquiry is required prior to submitting a full proposal. You will be notified within 30 days of the Letter of Inquiry deadline date whether your organization is invited to submit a full proposal.

About High Stakes Foundation

High Stakes Foundation was formed 8 years ago by Dr. Mary Stranahan. The President of the Foundation is Dawn McGee and the Program Officer is Cherie Garcelon. High Stakes has granted $5,770,000 across Montana.

The world’s top climate scientists have warned that humanity’s influence on the climate is unequivocal, with wide-ranging impacts across the planet, from rising seas to melting ice.

In other words, we are in High Stakes times.

We believe in solutions which support vibrant, interconnected communities that give everybody in the local community a direct, long-term interest in the prosperity, health, and beauty of Montana.

What We Fund

We have recently made some changes to our focus areas – including adding a Special Initiative. Our new Special Initiative will support those organizations working on climate change and coal. In particular, we are interested in talking to those organizations that are doing community organizing, strategy and education about the negative effects of coal being exported to China through the rail systems that run through Montana.

Focus Areas

We support talented and skilled leaders and their organizations who are focused on:

Climate Change

  • Creating climate change solutions in Montana
  • Enhancing food security, and reduced water and energy consumption

Economic Development and Social Justice

  • Promoting a just, equitable, and sustainable society
  • Creating a vibrant democracy – with an informed, involved citizenry
  • Expand opportunity by increasing entrepreneurship
  • Economic development to create living wage jobs for Montanans


  • Developing and encouraging leadership for the next generation of Montana Leaders.

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


  • An applicants must be an organization described in section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Activities supported by grants and program-related investments must be charitable, educational or scientific, as defined under the appropriate provisions of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and Treasury Regulations or fit the requirements for program related investments according to the IRS.
  • We usually provide General Operating Support.


  • HSF does not fund:
    • Projects initiated or mandated by any order of government
    • Political lobbying
    • General social service organizations
    • Litigation
    • Capital campaigns
    • Research studies including species and habitat studies even if they fall within our climate change penumbra
    • Religious organizations
    • Hospitals or medical clinics
  • No grant award shall exceed 10% of an organization’s total budget.