In may 2012, the Institute held a series of communications workshops. All were very well attended. Our facilitator was Dick Brooks teaches a new way of approaching your work, which is 99% communication. He helped participants think about the results of your communications versus the content, and how to speak and write from the perspective of your audience, rather than from your own interests.
If you are interested in information about our workshops or on Dick Brooks, please contact Jerry Grebenc at the Institute.
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Gallatin Area Planning (GAP) Grants Program
The Sonoran Institute will again be awarding small grants to organizations in the Greater Gallatin areae for the Fall 2012 cycle, with a maximum of $5,000.00 for any single grant. GAP Grants support local organizations that help the Gallatin area grow in a way that respects both the people and the land. The geographic scope of these grants includes the greater Gallatin County area.
The goal of the GAP program is to serve as a catalyst for local efforts to envision, plan for, and manage growth and change in a manner that protects the region's unique quality of life, community character, and outstanding natural assets.
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Eligible GAP applications include support for community educational events, guest speakers, facilitators, ongoing planning processes, demonstation projects, and communication efforts, all with a focus on community development and land use planning. Projects that engage diverse audiences such as other local organizations and institutions, local governments, businesses, the agricultural community, and the build and real estate industry are encouraged.
The Sonoran Institute helps communities make informed decisions about their future. We support the creation and stewardship of:
- Safe, livable communities and neighborhoods
- Resilient, lively local economies
- Conservation of farms, forests and ranchlands
- Conservation of natural resources and fish and wildlife habitat
Winners of Latest Round of Gallatin Area Planning Grants Announced
$25,000 in Grant Monies to be Awarded
Bozeman, MONTANA – The Sonoran Institute announced that four local nonprofit organizations will receive a total of $25,000 in funding support for developing creative regional conservation-related planning projects. The Gallatin Area Planning (GAP) Grants support local organizations that help Gallatin-area communities plan for growth in a way that respects the people and the land of the area.
“We are excited about the great diversity of these conservation projects and the positive impact this work will have on the livability and future of the Gallatin County area,” said Jerry Grebenc, community program manager for the Sonoran Institute and administrator of the grants.
The following organizations were awarded with grants:
Bozeman High School:
Mandeville Creek Education and Water Restoration Project ($6,250 awarded). Mandeville Creek, which crosses Bozeman High School property, no longer follows its original path; is partially entombed in culverts, and is devoid of waterway vegetation and trout-spawning areas. High School students will be engaged in planning, fundraising and on-the ground-restoration activities. The work includes:
For more information about Bozeman High School, go to: www.bozeman.k12.mt.us/bhsonline/
Bridger Ski Foundation:
Gallatin Valley Community Winter Trails Project ($6,250 awarded). The Bridger Ski Foundation grooms over 60 miles of winter cross country ski trails in five locations in Gallatin County. To better achieve its mission, and to meet the goals of its Community Winter Trails Program, the Foundation seeks to increase public awareness about the value and benefits of this program, and how it will enhance the lives and the livability of people in the community. To accomplish this, the Foundation will expand its outreach and promotions to the media, its partners and other key trail advocates. For more information about the Bridget Ski Foundation, go to: www.bridgerskifoundation.org/
Interactive Water Use & Resource Center (IWURC):
Measuring and Compiling Groundwater Use Rates from Domestic Wells. ($6,250 awarded). The project involves collecting groundwater consumption rates for 10 residential properties in the Gallatin Valley, in order to establish baseline data. The data will help to estimate groundwater removal rates and create a groundwater use model that would have multiple applications. For more information about IWURC, go to: www.iwurccenter.org/
Providing Accessible Garden Beds to In-need Seniors ($6,250 awarded). Sage Gardeners plans to use the funding for its Montana senior gardening program; specifically the Retirement Community Project. They will design, build, fill, replenish, and assist in maintaining accessible raised organic vegetable gardens to aging seniors with low to moderate income in Montana. The Retirement Community Project involves providing raised beds to senior communities such as nursing homes, senior living complexes (HUD developments), and senior assisted living facilities. For more information about SAGE Gardeners, go to: www.sagegardeners.org/
Grebenc indicated that the Sonoran Institute set up an advisory committee made up of local individuals to assist in reviewing the applications and awarding $25,000 in grant funds.
The Sonoran Institute inspires and enables community decisions and public policies that respect the land and people of western North America. The Institute is a nonprofit organization that is working to shape the future of the West.
For more information, visit www.sonoraninstitute.org.
Summer 2012 Grant Awards Announced
The Sonoran Institute announced that six local nonprofit organizations will receive a total of $25,000 in funding support this summer for creative regional conservation-related planning projects in the greater Gallatin County area. The Gallatin Area Planning (GAP) Grants support local organizations that help Gallatin area communities plan for growth in a way that respects the people and the land of the area.
“We are excited about these projects and the positive impact this work will have on the future of Gallatin County and other adjoining counties,” said Jerry Grebenc, community program manager for the Sonoran Institute and administrator of the grants.
The following organizations were awarded with grants:
Future West - Park County: Amount awarded $5000
This project will create a comprehensive Park County Atlas that will display through maps, charts, graphs, photos and text, many of the natural, cultural, economic, and demographic features of Park County. The atlas will be used to update the Park County Growth Policy. Learn more about Future West at: www.future-west.org
Gallatin Valley Land Trust: Amount awarded $5000
The grant will help the Land Trust with two projects. The first is to encourage local food production by connecting private landowners with vegetable producers who need land to grow their products. The second project is to partner with other organizations to place a bond measure on the November 2012 ballot that would help fund acquisitions of new parks, trails, natural areas and stream corridor protection around Bozeman. Learn more about the Land Trust at: http://www.gvlt.org/
Gallatin Growth Solutions: Amount awarded $4,000
GAP funds will help facilitate the Gallatin Valley 2050 project which will bring diverse stakeholders (the four local governments, the development community, businesses, conservation groups, and interested citizens) together to create a shared vision of Gallatin Valley in 2050. The visioning process would be used to create regional, sustainable infrastructure and land-use plans. Learn more about Gallatin Growth Solutions at: http://gallatingrowthsolutions.org/
Greater Gallatin Watershed Council: Amount awarded $2,250
GAP funds will help the Watershed Council pay for costs associated with the Council’s Fall Speaker’s Tour, including advertising and outreach, bus rental fees, planning and coordination, travel stipends for speakers. The Watershed Council is seeking sponsors and additional grant funds to cover tour food, a portion of the coordination costs, and informational materials for tour attendees. Learn more about the Council at: http://www.greatergallatin.org/
Park County Environmental Council: Amount awarded $5000
Funding for this project will help the Council lead an outreach campaign to determine the feasibility of reinstating zoning in the four-mile wide area immediately surrounding Livingston, Montana. The outreach will be directed at both citizens and local officials. Learn more about the Council at: http://www.envirocouncil.org/
Trout Unlimited: Amount awarded $3,750
The proposed project is focused on the residential and commercial growth in Park, Gallatin, and Madison Counties that depends on permit-exempt, individual ground water wells. Trout Unlimited will engage citizens across these three counties to provide public comment on exempt-well management strategies. Learn more about the Madison/Gallatin Chapter and Joe Brooks Chapter (Livingston) at: http://www.mgtu.org/ and http://www.facebook.com/pages/Joe-Brooks-Chapter-of-Trout-Unlimited/164403560337909