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Humanities Montana's next grant application deadline is August 20, 2016 for regular (over $1,000) and Film and Digital Media grants. Grant decisions will be made by October 31 .
Please note that Opportunity Grants are suspended until October 1, 2016, for programs beginning November 1 or later.
 
Applications have opened for the fiscal year 2017 cycle of the Tourism Grant Program at the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development (MOTBD). Through FY17, funds will become available to support tourism-related projects under three categories: digital development, infrastructure, and event paid media advertising. The program is funded through the Lodging Facility Use Tax. Up to 5.8 percent of the tax distributed to the Department of Commerce will be available this fiscal year. Based on past collections, MOTBD estimates this amount could reach $1 million in fiscal year 2017, which began July 1, 2016.
Montana county and city governments, tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, and private businesses are eligible to receive a grant. Match requirements apply and vary depending on the type of applicant. There is no deadline to apply; applications will be accepted continually and awarded as funds become available. Grant deadlines are ongoing.
 
July 27 at 3:00-4:00 pm ET 
NEA Staff will give a presentation to assist applicants in crafting a compelling creative placemaking project application. The presentation will include an overview of creative placemaking resources, sample successful projects, the mechanics of a competitive Our Town proposal, and how to articulate anticipated project outcomes. The presentation will be followed by a Q & A session. 
 
Gannett Foundation: For organizations in Great Falls (Gannett owns the "Great Falls Tribune")
The Gannett Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations that serve the communities where Gannett Co., Inc., owns a newspaper or broadcast station. The Foundation's Community Action Grant Program's priorities include education and neighborhood improvement, economic development, youth development, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation, and cultural enrichment. Grants are generally in the $1,000 to $5,000 range. Grant requests are considered twice each year; the upcoming postmark deadline is August 29, 2016, for most locations. (Some locations have earlier deadlines, which are listed on the Foundation's contact page. ) Proposals should be submitted to the local newspaper publisher or TV station general manager. Visit the Foundation's website to review the grant guidelines and download the application form.
 
Funds Available for Humanities Projects
National Endowment for the Humanities
Public Humanities Projects grants support efforts to bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences. The application deadline is August 10, 2016. 
 
Today the National Endowment for the Arts is announcing a new focus for the NEA Big Read program on contemporary authors and books written since the founding of the NEA 50 years ago. This is the 10th anniversary of the NEA Big Read, and we hope this updated list of books for communities to choose from will broaden the opportunities for discussion and increase the range of voices, perspectives, and writing styles for future NEA Big Read applicants to choose from. More information about this change is in the press release on the NEA's website and copied below for your convenience. In addition, Amy Stolls, the NEA's director of literature, has written a blog post about these changes to the NEA Big Read.

Opps Opportunities
Do you share our passion for the humanities transformative power for all Montanans? Consider applying to serve on Humanities Montana's board of directors. The application deadline for terms beginning January 1, 2017 is Friday, September 2. In order to be considered as a candidate, please submit a letter explaining your interest in serving, a resume, and two letters of recommendation to: Humanities Montana, 311 Brantly, Missoula, MT 59812-7848.
Board members meet three times a year in person and occasionally by conference call to review grants, review and approve programs, build the organization through outreach and fundraising, and generally support the mission of the organization. In order to serve Montana's many communities as effectively as possible, Humanities Montana invites applicants representing diverse perspectives and belonging to varied backgrounds, as well as individuals keen to support the organization's development goals.
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From the National Endowment for the Arts
Rachel Moore has wide experience as a dancer and as an arts administrator (e.g. former Executive Director American Ballet Theater and now President and CEO of The Music Center in Los Angeles). She shares that knowledge in her new book, The Artist's Compass: The Complete Guide to Building a Life and a Living in the Arts.
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Montana State University- Bozeman, MT
At MSU , the only top-tier research university in a four-state region, music plays a very special role in the lives of both our students and our faculty. Our music, music education, and music technology degrees offer great choices for music majors, and our fifteen performing ensembles and a wide array of courses provide opportunities for majors, minors and non-majors. MSU is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, and many engineering, science, business, humanities, education and fine arts majors find their musical home here.
 
The Emerson Center is the hub of arts and culture in the Bozeman Community. Located one block south of Main St. in a historic schoolhouse, the Emerson offers quality art education programming to all ages, year round. We are currently looking to hire a part time art instructor to teach a variety of artistic medias. This fall, the newly appointed instructor will teach drawing, painting and jewelry design to teens & adults. However, the right candidate will have experience teaching an array of medias to all ages. The applicant should also be willing to work with the Education Curator to implement other unique educational offerings in the future.  

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Everyone has blind spots, and for leaders these often include strategic planning, domain-specific expertise or the way other people think about them, writes Naphtali Hoff. It's important to build a warning system based on feedback from trusted sources to avoid overestimating your abilities and the depth of your support, he writes.
 
Nonprofits should adjust their fundraising tactics to appeal to female donors because men and women have different motivations for giving, according to Andrea Pactor, associate director of the Women's Philanthropy Institute at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. "It's very important for nonprofits to understand that women have increased access to income and wealth," she said.
 
Meetings are the primary setting for the work of the board, and the way that you run your meetings reflects your board culture. By changing your meetings, you can help change your culture. This resource details key aspects of meetings that can be modified to establish the culture you seek.
 
PayPal adds in-app button for charitable giving
PayPal has added a button for charitable giving to its mobile app homepage. The button links to thousands of PayPal Giving Fund-approved charities, which will receive 100% of donations made through the app.
   
The Huffington Post
Nonprofit leaders may be able to drive greater social change by using predictive data to measure the success of a program before it starts, writes Mission Measurement CEO Jason Saul. If successful, predictive data could help nonprofit leaders and policymakers better allocate resources, set new benchmarks for social programs and level the playing field for initiatives.
 
Fortune
Facebook users will now be able to create fundraising pages to collect donations for charities of their choosing. Facebook Vice President of Product Management for Social Good Naomi Gleit said the tool will allow more personalization in fundraising while helping donors discover interesting causes.
 
The Huffington Post
Nonprofits must measure impact in terms of data, but also by showing donors how their work changes lives, writes YMCA of Greater New York Chief Development Officer Gary Laermer. "Keeping donors engaged can be achieved by bringing them to sites for in-person tours of operations, having beneficiaries share their stories at events, and telling individual stories of success through emails, newsletters, videos and other communication vehicles," he writes.
 
Successful nonprofit boards review and refresh their strategy annually, collaborate with senior talent and discuss succession planning twice a year, according to this piece. Other important practices include annual board evaluations and a one-year launch plan for new executives and board members.
 
While there should not be a financial "membership test" for nonprofit boards, all board members "must somehow contribute to the financial model of the nonprofit," writes Nell Edgington. "By allowing any individual board member, let alone your entire board, to make programmatic and organizational decisions without fully understanding and contributing to the financial model of the organization you are creating an enormous disconnect between mission and money."
 
Nonprofit leaders can foster resilience by creating a positive work environment, expressing optimism about the future and building strong networks. Resilient leaders also tend to think before they speak and observe patterns and implement change accordingly.
 
Website Offers First Ever-Live Stream of a Broadway Show for $10
"While tickets to the New York production are going for $52 to $147, the streamed show - offering 10 camera angles - goes for a mere $9.99 on computers, tablets, and smartphones. Or you can enjoy it on big TV screens by using Apple TV and Roku set-top boxes, but only if you pick a $169.99 (year-long) or $14.99 (one month) subscription to BroadwayHD."

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