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The Women’s Foundation of Montana, a project of the Montana Community Foundation, has invested more than $70,000 in new grants to organizations serving women and girls across the state this year. On Tuesday, Oct. 21, WFM will host a party in celebration of the Missoula-area grantees at the MonTEC Building, 1121 E. Broadway. Networking starts at 5:30 p.m. with the celebration program beginning at 6 p.m.

The grantees include Bitterroot Economic Development District, $5,000; Montana Women Vote, $5,000; and Girls Using Their Strengths (GUTS!), YWCA Missoula, $4,704.

The new grant funding is focused on creating systemic change to improve the economic status of women by giving girls the tools to be financially successful, improving women’s economic opportunity and increasing the participation of women in their community and government. The foundation advisory board gave preference to programs that showed innovation, collaboration and tangible, measurable results.

The Missoula grants are a part of the $100,000 for Women Initiative, which aims to leverage these WFM grants through a matching gift challenge, investing more than $100,000 in Montana women in this 100-year anniversary of women’s suffrage in the state.

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