Montana DOJ Announces Availability of Grants to Fund Wishes of State’s Seriously Ill Children

Today, the Montana Department of Justice announced the availability of $25,000 in Chrome for Kids Wish Fund grants.  These funds are made available through a special Chrome for Kids motorcycle license plate that is used to fund efforts by Montana-based nonprofit corporations which grant wishes to chronically or critically ill Montana children.

“For the third time in six years, we are pleased to offer these funds to Montana non-profits who serve critically ill children and their families,” said Attorney General Tim Fox.  “I’m proud of the work our Motor Vehicle Division does to make Chrome for Kids Wish Fund grants available, as well as of Montana’s motorcycle owners, whose generosity ultimately translates into meaningful experiences for children who need them most.”

To date, the Montana Department of Justice has awarded nearly $100,000 in Chrome for Kids grants.  Sarah Garcia, Motor Vehicle Division Administrator, said, “This program speaks to the generosity of Montanans that lend a hand in times of need. We encourage all non-profits that meet the criteria to apply for this special grant.”

Grant applications will be accepted by the Motor Vehicle Division at the Montana Department of Justice through October 30, 2017.  Grants will be awarded by November 30, 2017.  Funds awarded through these grants must be used within two years of the award.

Grant criteria are:

(1) Only Montana-based nonprofit public or private corporations which have received IRS 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt designation and whose purpose includes assistance to chronically or critically ill Montana children may apply for a Chrome for Kids Wish Fund grant.

(2)  Funds must be used to provide a chronically or critically ill Montana child a special wish.  No more than 10% of awarded grant funds can be used for program administration by the applicant.

(3)  Children’s wishes shall be determined by the parents or legal guardians of minor children in consultation with the child and an attending healthcare provider and may be of the following type:  (a) a visit to a special place such as a children’s theme park or a city or metropolitan area to experience unique or different food, arts, education, entertainment, and culture; (b) a trip to participate in or observe a special activity such as a rodeo, baseball game, surfing, or other physical/sports activity; (c) financial assistance to provide improvement in the quality of life for the critically or chronically ill child as determined by the attending physician and parents/legal guardian; or (d)  a special activity such as a birthday party or celebration of the child’s life as determined by parents/legal guardian.

Grant applicants must submit the following materials with each grant application:  The legal title of the nonprofit organization and the address of its principal office; a list of the organization’s board members and their occupations; a copy of the organization’s IRS tax-exempt designation; the name of the proposed grant, the amount of funding requested, the general purpose of the proposed grant, a specific description of how any awarded grant funds would be used; and any evidence of public support for the proposed grant.  Successful grant applicants will be required to provide the Montana Department of Justice Motor Vehicle Division with a report, once grant funds are exhausted, that details specifically how the grant funds were used.

Applications can be submitted to the attention of the Montana Department of Justice Motor Vehicle Division Administrator at PO Box 201430, Helena, Montana  59620-1430; or emailed to [email protected].   For more information, call (406) 444-3933.

See the Chrome For Kids motorcycle plate here: