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The High Stakes Foundation

High Stakes Times Indeed. None of us could have imagined this world even a few weeks ago, nor can we know what the next few weeks will look like. We remain committed to our mission of assisting visionary leaders to carry out their work in Montana. Over the coming months, this will take place in measures large and small taken by each of us. For non-profit assistance, community needs, and COVID-19 updates, please refer to the following resources:

**UPDATE: Governor Bullock has provided a phased reopening plan for Montana. Please see the guidelines and plans below:
-Reopening Guidelines
Phasing Plan

**UPDATE: The CARES Act was signed in to law on Friday March 27, 2020. Provisions include the Payment Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loans, a Small Business Debt Relief Program and more. Please check out the options and applications here. We encourage you to apply soon, as funds are limited!

-Payment Protection Program Application
-SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application

For additional and local information, please see the links below:

Montana Nonprofit Association for info on resources for nonprofits

EideBailly for nonprofit Frequently Asked Questions regarding COVID-19 

Missoula COVID-19 Mutual Aid Community for ideas on how to help or where to find help in the community

Missoula City-County Health Department for up-to-date information about Missoula County’s response to COVID-19

Our Spring grant cycle has now closed. We will again accept grant applications in August, 2020. In the case of an emergency, please reach out to us at

As leaders of our own families, neighborhoods, and organizations, let’s work together to not only get through this but to envision and create the world we want to live in.  Crisis presents challenges and opportunities but it is a terrible thing to waste. Here’s to continuing to work together to build a better world, and a better tomorrow.


We support proactive solutions to protect the environment.


We champion increased opportunity and robust, sustainable local economies.


We encourage the next generation of Montana community leaders.


We value a vibrant, informed democracy and promote a just, equitable society.

Increasing the odds for everyone

We have moved to a rolling grant schedule to best accommodate changing needs.


Self Care is Critical

Shop Small, Shop Local

Photo by Tim Mossholder Now more than ever small businesses need our support. While much has been said about restaurants (a list of Missoula's take-out options can be found here) many local retail or service business are also finding creative ways to continue to...

Self Care in Stressful Times

  First and foremost, take care of yourself and those around you and your community where you can. 1. Try to slow down. This won’t be solved today, this week or even this month. 2. Practice gratitude for the good that is present. 3. Keep meditating or learn to do...



Grant Application:  We will be on a rolling grant deadline. 

Feel free to apply when it makes sense for you and your organization.  If you have emergent needs, please communicate your timeline to our staff.  We will be working with our Board to batch process grants for their review and consideration.

If you have any questions in advance of applying, please email us at or contact us at (406) 926-1519.


Previous Grantees

$7,000,000 (and counting!) in funds awarded.