Grant Guidelines

The Foundation only awards grants to organizations with a tax exempt status from federal income tax under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, qualifies as a publicly supported organization as described in Section 509 (a) of the Code, or can present evidence that the applicant is a legally established unit of government. The Foundation only considers projects that have significant impact within the communities First Interstate BancSystem serves in Montana, Wyoming, and Western South Dakota.

Areas deemed to be less appropriate to receive funding:

  • Individuals
  • Projects that do not have a significant impact within communities the First Interstate BancSystem serves
  • Projects designed to influence legislation or elect candidates to public office
  • Projects of sectarian or religious organizations whose services are limited to members of any one religious group
  • Projects which clearly represent a duplication of effort
  • Normal, ongoing operating expenses for existing organizations
  • Day-to-day operating expenses for any public or private educational institution (this does not preclude requests for special events or needs from such institutions)
  • Any project that in any manner implies restriction of services based on sex, race, age, and religious affiliation
  • Endowments

Contact Information

  • Mailing Address
    First Interstate
    BancSystem Foundation
    PO Box 7113
    Billings, MT 59103-7113
  • Phone:(406) 255-5393

2013 Total Company Giving:
$2,302,449
as of December 31, 2013

Employee Gift Match: $445,469

Employee Volunteer Match: $84,369

Foundation Grants: $608,489

Branch Donation: $1,164,122