Building a sustainable future for Dawson County

Building a sustainable future for Dawson County

Greater Glendive Community Foundation
PO Box 1122
Glendive, MT 59330


Under the umbrella of the Montana Community Foundation

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Greater Glendive is working on revitalizing downtown.

Some of what we're doing is fixing things up, cleaning up, pulling weeds; things that anyone can do. Some of it is working with Dawson County Economic Development, the City of Glendive, and Building Active Glendive to make our downtown a place where people want to gather. Some require your thoughts as we set up a community visioning meeting and see successful projects from other communities like Phillipsburg, Watford City, Polson, and more. Some require a facelift on the fronts of buildings, like Bruce Miller taking down the outdated "Vogue Salon" just on his own. Thanks Bruce. We hired the MSU Archtechture Community Design Class to study Glendive's downtown, visit with local folks, and develop a vision for how we could move forward to revitalize our downtown area. We will use parts of their vision of what Glendive could be for years to come. We hope to dedicate some incentive money for businesses to refurbish their facades.

First Project:

New photos in the Old Chamber Building windows by the Merrill & Towne traffic light. Enter one photo or more—we need at least 4 photos of people enjoying activities in Dawson County like hiking in Makoshika, fishing the Yellowstone, paddlefishing, motorbiking, enjoying the skatepark or splashpark.

The photos selected will be blown up and made into banners to hang in the windows of the old chamber building by our downtown traffic light. Submit your high-resolution photos electronically to Your name will be published with the banner and you can have it after it's been in the chamber windows for 3 years. If you don't have a use for it, we will keep it on public display around Glendive at the airport or in public lobbies.

See the results of the Old Chamber Building beautification on our downtown revitalization page!



The Greater Glendive Community Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of its latest grants. The $5000 given out in grants this year is credited to the generous community members responding to Wes and Deb Toepke’s challenge grant of $4000, and surpassing their goal to reach $25,000 by $10,100.

The Montana Community Foundation, which manages Glendive and 43 other community foundations and 550 charitable funds, offers annual incentives grants for community foundations to distribute if fundraising goals of certain levels are met. Glendive qualified for $5000 in incentive grants to give out to community projects. The money given by community members continues to grow in an endowment to leave a legacy that will continue to give back the interest to community projects.

From those that applied, the grant committee awarded $2000 to Glendive Legion baseball for grandstand cover and improvements, $1250 to Dawson County Arts Unlimited for roof repairs and creative arts for youth, $750 to Eastern Montana Community Concert Association for youth outreach so visiting musicians will present concerts and educational programs for students as well as the evening concert. Special Olympics equestrian program received $500 and Dawson Community College Little Buc's mentoring program received $500.

The Greater Glendive Community Foundation held a reception to honor donors and give out the grants at the Charley Montana Bed & Breakfast September 14 with special thanks to the Maxwells for opening their home. The board provided the refreshments.

Foundation President Kathy McLane said, “These monetary grants are matched by the planning, efforts and labor of the organizations who submitted them. It looks the kids of Glendive are the big winners here.”

To apply for a Greater Glendive Community Foundation grant, please download and complete our grant application.


Through your support Greater Glendive has helped with the following in 2016-17:

Photo banners in windows old chamber building.

Paint old chamber building with community help on 4/16.
Thanks to Guelff Lumber-roofing, Thrivent.

Landscape by Barnicks Fence, Rocks, Bench.
Thanks to TBID grant-fence, Fisher Sand & Gravel, Glendive Landscaping, Peggy Handtmann, Bob Ackerman.

Clean up 2016, Taco Johns parking lot
Angie Hagen.

MSU Architecture Students Downtown Revitalization.
Thanks to Thrivent, YRI & Holiday Inn Express & $8492.

Clean up 2017
Deb Toepke incentive funds.

Downtown Master Plan
GGCF matching funds $1500.
Thanks to Mayor Jimison & city Council for commitment.

Wrote grants for $32,500 for Downtown Master Plan.
Thanks to City Operations Kevin Dorwart, administrator.

K-9 Dog fundraiser for Glendive Police Dept.: $1000.