Attorney General Fox Awards Chrome for Kids Grants to Five Montana Non-Profits
This morning, Attorney General Tim Fox announced the five recipients of the second Montana Department of Justice Chrome for Kids Wish Fund grants at a Helena press conference. The grant funding came from sales of the department’s Motor Vehicle Division’s Chrome for Kids motorcycle license plate. Proceeds from plate sales fund efforts by Montana-based nonprofit organizations to grant wishes to chronically or critically ill Montana children.
“On behalf of the Montana Department of Justice, I’m so pleased to be able to award these grants for the second time in the last two years,” said Attorney General Tim Fox. “It’s only fitting that as we begin this holiday season, we thank Montana’s participating motorcycle owners for their generosity, which will impact our critically ill children and their families in ways beyond measure. I’m always proud to be a Montanan, but never more so than on a day like today,” Attorney General Fox added.
A Chrome for Kids motorcycle license plate costs $35. Twenty dollars of that amount is a donation to the Chrome for Kids Wish Fund for Montana-based nonprofit organizations that grant wishes to Montana children who are chronically or critically ill. To view the plate online, visit: https://dojmt.gov/driving/plate-designs-and-fees/service-organizations-associations/.
Motor Vehicle Administrator Sarah Garcia encouraged motorcyclists to choose the plate, adding, “The grant funds we awarded two years ago enabled 29 chronically or critically ill Montana children to receive a special wish. We know how important something like a dream vacation or something as simple as a superhero birthday party is to families who are dealing with a seriously ill child, and we’re gratified that the sale of the Chrome For Kids license plate helps make these opportunities possible.”
The Chrome for Kids plate was first released in June 2008. The grant funds awarded today represented plate donations from July 1, 2013 – June 10, 2015. Including today’s grants, a total of $98,350 has been awarded through Chrome for Kids grants, which equals a total of 4,917 special license plates sold since 2008.
The 2015 recipients of the Chrome for Kids Wish Fund grants are:
• Montana Hope Project’s Give Kids the World Wish Trips. The Montana Hope Project was started by Montana Highway Patrol troopers in 1984 and is sponsored by the Association of Montana Troopers. Its goal is to make dreams come true for Montana children with a critical or life-threatening illness. Grant amount: $12,000.
• Camp Mak-A-Dream/Children’s Oncology Camp Foundation provides a medically supervised, cost-free Montana experience in an intimate community setting to children, young adults, and families affected by cancer. The camp is located near Gold Creek. Grant amount: $10,000.
• Make-A-Wish® Montana fulfills the special wishes of children between the ages of 2 ½ and 18 who have a diagnosed life-threatening medical condition, while including the family in every aspect of their wish. Grant amount: $10,000.
• Bozeman 3 financially supports Gallatin County families whose child has received a cancer diagnosis, provides peer support by connecting Gallatin County families whose children have or have had cancer, and supports pediatric cancer research. Grant amount: $10,000.
• Breathin’ is Believin’: The Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation was established in honor of Cody Dieruf, who died from cystic fibrosis in 2005 at the age of 23. The Foundation carries on her legacy and helps other Montana families suffering from this terminal illness by offering emotional support, financial assistance, and educational and cultural opportunities to children and young adults living with cystic fibrosis. Grant amount: $2,850.