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Together We Can Move Mountains

What We Do

Together we can move mountains

At the Community Foundation for a Better Bigfork (CFBB), we are dedicated to improving the quality of life for the residents of Bigfork and the surrounding areas. As a non-profit organization, we work closely with other groups to identify and address gaps in services, with a focus on infrastructure and community development.

One of our significant accomplishments is establishing the green box site on Highway 83. When Flathead County decided to close the local dump site in Bigfork and move it several miles away, we recognized the need to act. We partnered with the county and Bigfork taxpayers to create a new site, which stands today as a testament to our commitment to developing solutions to community issues.

From improving the downtown area to maintaining and enhancing community resources, we are committed to supporting the entire Bigfork community. Over the

 

 

years, we have invested over $2.4 million into Bigfork, including the Swan River Nature Trail, Sliter Park, the Bigfork Public Dock, and the Imagine If Library.

We have also contributed to town maintenance and beautification projects, including street maintenance, striping, and cleaning. Additionally, we improved the entrance to Bigfork, installed solar-powered crosswalk lights in front of the local school, and established pet waste stations and benches in downtown areas. Furthermore, we developed the Downtown Historical Walk, showcasing our town’s unique history and character.

As a non-profit organization, all our work is made possible through the generous support of individuals like you. We are committed to Bigfork, from the corridor, to the Village, Woods Bay, to Echo Lake and Ferndale. Join us in our mission to make Bigfork a better place for everyone.

Grants

The Community Foundation for a Better Bigfork is dedicated to improving the quality of life in our community by supporting organizations that share our mission. We are pleased to offer semi-annual grants for proposals such as sponsorships, donation requests, and other similar initiatives. These grants are intended to support projects that fall outside of the scope of our ongoing initiatives.

To apply for a grant, please submit your proposal by May 1st or September 1st. Grant awards will be announced by June 1st or October 1st, respectively. All proposals must benefit residents of the Bigfork area, and requests up to $2,500 will be considered in each cycle. Please note that all awards in each cycle will not exceed a total of $2,500. For example, the CFBB may award (5) $500 grants, (2) $1,500 grants, (1) $2,500 grant, or other multiples that total $2,500 for each grant cycle. We are proud to support the Bigfork community through these grant opportunities, and we look forward to receiving your proposals.

Community Collaborations

BACC

The CFBB has been supporting the Bigfork Art and Cultural Center for many years. CFBB owns the building that is the current home for the BACC and ImagineIF Library. The CFBB has housed the BACC in the village square building since its inception and is proud be an active supporter of the BACC.

BORA

The CFBB is excited to announce our partnership with Bigfork Outdoor Recreational Alliance (BORA). BORA’s goal is to enhance outdoor recreation in Bigfork by guiding safe, connected, and sustainable high-quality recreation access to Bigfork’s superlative rivers, mountains, parks, trails, and Flathead Lake. CFBB is partnering with BORA to figure out how to take care of what we have and consider what we need in the future to keep Bigfork a great place to live, work, and play.

ImagineIF

The CFBB is happy to announce a pledge of $50K toward the proposed new Imagine If Library in Bigfork. The foundation has and continues to support expansion of and new amenities that maintain our quality of life in Bigfork.  The new library will provide additional needed floor space and parking to service our growing community now and in years to come.

SUPPORTED GROUPS:

Bigfork Elves

The CFBB is proud to support the annual efforts of the Bigfork Elves in turning downtown Bigfork into Montana’s Christmas Village.

Riverbend Concerts

The CFBB continues to support the Riverbend Concert Series that are held at Sliter’s Park every summer.

Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts

The CFBB has supported the BCPA in many ways and helped them install a new and much needed parking lot in downtown Bigfork. Along with the parking lot, new bike racks and a new sidewalk were also installed.

Projects

A new sidewalk was completed on the east side of Bridge Street and several new parking spaces added. The sidewalk was paid for through CFBB’s...
  To help with the summer parking crunch, several bike racks were installed downtown to encourage people to bike into town as an alternative to...
Funded the Bigfork Village Historic Walk, Paces to the Past project, a central display filled with historical photos and information brochures that guides tourists and...
The CFBB is happy to announce a pledge of $50K toward the proposed new Imagine If Library in Bigfork.  This a challenge grant to garner a...
The Bigfork Nature Trail is one of the Flathead Valley’s most popular recreational opportunities. Whether it’s biking, walking, or accessing the famous Wild Mile of...
With so many entertaining activities in Bigfork, it is no surprise that our parks, sidewalks, and public restrooms are a busy place. The Community Foundation...

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