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The High Stakes Foundation

High Stakes Times Indeed.
Like so many others, our hearts are broken by recent events. At High Stakes Foundation, we recognize there are fundamental equality and justice issues across the country, that need to be addressed. We stand in solidarity with the black community and allies who have engaged in nonviolent protest to address systemic racism. There are a lot of voices out there advocating for change. We think Michelangelo was right when he said, “criticize by creating.” Protest, donate, write to your local politicians, VOTE, and engage in conversations with those around you, even when uncomfortable. Make your voice heard and speak out against injustice when you hear or see it. 

We support small businessesequal opportunity, and resilient communities that are inclusive of everyone.

COVID-19 Information:

Governor Bullock has provided a phased reopening plan for Montana. Please see the guidelines and plans below:

-Reopening Guidelines
Phasing Plan

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

We are not currently accepting grant applications. Our next grant cycle will run from March 1- April 1 2021.  

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 are currently accepting grants. The deadline is September 1, 2020.

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.