The Missoula Downtown Foundation enhances and promotes the Spirit and Heritage of the greater Downtown Missoula area, now and for future generations.

The Arts & Culture Impact Grants utilize private resources to support the beautification, historical preservation, and general livability of Downtown Missoula. The Missoula Downtown Foundation supports placemaking projects that celebrate Downtown Missoula as the cultural center of our community.


Placemaking projects reimagine public spaces and contribute to an inviting, healthy, vibrant community. The Foundation’s Arts & Culture Impact Grants aim to create connectivity to Downtown, capitalize on community assets, and create bonds among residents, visitors, and Downtown Missoula.  Placemaking projects can transform identified spaces in Downtown Missoula and strengthen the connection people have with the Missoula community. The Foundation supports public and private entities, organizations, groups, and or individuals that:

· Make Downtown Missoula even better for future generations

· Support the cultural, social, and economic uniqueness that is Downtown Missoula

· Create long-lasting positive change in Downtown Missoula

· Complete projects within six months

· Complete projects that are inclusive of all individuals

The Foundation will consider impactful and sustainable projects that focus on:

a) Heritage and historic preservation

b) Arts & culture

c) Safety, livability, walkability

d) Alley Activation

e) Compliance with the goals of the Downtown Master Plan, the North Riverside Parks & Trails Plan, or the Heritage Interpretive Plan

Available Funding

The MDF Board of Directors is dedicated to ensuring the Foundation’s resources will have a significant impact on small-scale projects for Downtown Missoula. MDF will allocate $30,000 each year to fund individual projects up to $5,000 per project, per year. Below is a list of locations that will be given priority for mural projects.

· Rear of Montgomery Distillery (129 W. Front St.)

· Side wall of Grizzly Hackle, facing Ryman @ Caras Park

Application Period

Grant applications are reviewed in the beginning of the year for implementation in the summer. Applications should be submitted no later than March 30th.

A determination on an application will be decided within three months. Selected applicants will be invited to present their project to the MDF Board of Directors.

Evaluation Criteria

The MDF Board of Directors will review submitted applications for:

1) Artistic quality and merit of the project

2) The extent to which the project leverages investment in the MDF mission and Downtown priority projects

3) Alignment with current Downtown Master Plans, priorities, and focus areas

4) Sustainability of the completed project

5) Applicant qualifications

Contact Information

Grant program questions can be directed to: Denise Higgins, Director of Giving: or (406) 543-4238

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.