HOW DO WE DO IT?
Cut Bank local businesses have always had a great reputation for supporting our schools, hospitals, community organizations, and much much more. Our relationship with the community's business owners and employees have provided us with grant funding, merchandise donations, and monetary contributions. It's a pleasure to say Cut Bank Trails is directly supported by our community and its business leaders.
The Cut Bank Trails offer several sponsorship opportunities for both individuals and businesses. With numerous benches placed along our trail system, everyone has the opportunity to sponsor a segment or multiple segments of each bench. If you would like to participate in this sponsorship contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual cost- 1/4 bench $150.00 1/2 Bench $300.00 3/4 Bench $450.00 1 Bench $600.00
We offer several varieties of merchandise to purchase. 100% of the proceeds from the items we sell go into the Cut Bank Trails general fund to be used for matching grant funds, trail maintenance, and trail development. These items include T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, visors, water bottles, vehicle window decals, and more. Contact us today for information on sizes and pricing.
A majority of our funding has been awarded through grant money both large and small. The most recent was the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation matching grant challenge awarded to our organization during the summer of 2020. This grant will help us reach our 13.4% matching requirement for the Montana MDT Transportation Alternatives Grant awarded to our organization during the fall of 2017. These grants will be used to develop phase 1 of the Sports Complex Trail project. The trail will be paved, ADA compliant, and will span from Cut Bank's Anna Jeffries School to the Sports Complex located outside of the city limits. Cut Bank Trails is required to acquire $20,000 by January 2021 in order to match the $20,000 matching grant challenge. We are kicking off a support campaign to reach this match challenge. There are many ways to be a part of this campaign coming in the Fall and Winter of 2020.
One other largest grant we received was awarded to us in 2015. The State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grant was used to develop the two mile Coulee Trail south of the City of Cut Bank. This $25,000 grant was presented to us after our project was chosen by State Farm Insurance to participate in a social media campaign. From 200 projects chosen, the 40 with the most Facebook votes by the grant deadline were awarded funding. Not only were we successful in placing within the top 40 projects thanks to voters from around the country, State Farm chose the Cut Bank Trail as its featured project for that year. You can see their video below.