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Three entities in Darby received almost $6,000 in grants from the Darby Town Community Endowment Fund recently.

The Montana Community Foundation announced the grant awards this week.

The endowment was established with the foundation by Richard and Barbara Ackerman and enhanced through generous contributions by Darby community members. 

Grant requests were reviewed by the Darby Town Endowment Fund Committee.

Awardees include:

• Darby Bread Box for a concrete sidewalk and produce refrigerator: $1,000

• Darby Community Library for new computers and updates to the computer room: $4,110

• The Greater Ravalli Foundation for emergency food vouchers for children: $500

“The Darby Town Endowment Fund Committee is once more pleased to announce grants to support the Darby Community; in particular, the above referenced grants," said Barbara Ackerman. "I am very fortunate to have the continued support of the following committee members: Juli Winthers, Ron Birkle, Terri Mountford and Lloyd Rennaker. They have been extremely helpful in the evaluation of the proposals we received."

"My husband Dick Ackerman would have been very pleased with the grants we have awarded," she said. "Hopefully, the Darby Town Endowment will go forward next year to continue the grant process. We thank the South Valley Community for their past support and hopefully their future support.”

To support the Darby Town Community Endowment Fund, a permanent endowment supporting the Darby community in perpetuity, mail your check payable to the Montana Community Foundation to P.O. Box 1145, Helena, MT 59624-1145. Please write “Darby Town Endowment” in the memo line. You can also visit mtcf.org/Giving/Our-Funds and search for “Darby Town Endowment” to make a donation online. 

Montana Community Foundation’s (MCF) mission is to cultivate a culture of giving so Montana communities can flourish.

Founded in 1988, MCF manages approximately $100 million in assets and administers more than 1,100 philanthropic funds and planned gifts. Since its founding, MCF has reinvested more than $68 million in Montana through grants to charitable organizations and causes across the state. MCF serves as a center for philanthropy in Montana, working with donors, charitable organizations and communities to provide simple and effective ways to give back to Montana.

For more information and to learn how you can support Montana communities, visit mtcf.org or call 406 443-8313.