Red Ants Pants Foundation funds innovative projects

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, Mont. — The Red Ants Pants Music Festival‘s mission is to raise money for Montana nonprofit organizations, which are then granted by the festival’s parent, The Red Ants Pants Foundation. The July festival celebrates music, food and the local community of rural Montana and funds the foundation.

The foundation released the 14 Montana winners for this year’s $12,000 in grants, chosen based on Red Ants Pants mission of strengthening women and agricultural initiatives in communities.

The 14 winners announced this week, are:

Agriculture in Montana Schools, White Sulpher Springs, Mont. an educational initiative that provides materials to students, teachers and public libraries.

Big Timber Meats in Big Timber creates dog treats with Montana-raised beef, lamb and pork and will use the grant money for logo and packaging.

Clark Fork Organics is a family-run Missoula farm that helps make sure the communities in Missoula get locallly-sourced healthy food.

Claudia’s Mesa brings locally sourced flavors from elsewhere and supports local growers in the production of organic and non-organic lentils, chick peas and other ancient grains.

County Rail Farm is a small vegetable farm east of Dixon that provides produce to local communities through farmers markets and Western MT Co-op.

Flathead Future Farmers of America (FFA) in Kalispell helps high school students become better and more conscientious adults in providing school opportunities and future career experiences in hands-on work.

Livingston Women in Business is a forum for networking, professional development and community involvement created for women in Park County, Montana.

Luther School PTA is teaming up with Wholesome Food Farm to provide school children in Red Lodge, Mont. with educational opportunities about agriculture and access to healthy local food.

Montana Outdoor Science School in Bozeman teaches and promotes awareness and appreciation of the natural world with educational experiences — the grant money goes directly to fund scholarships so that more women can enjoy the Adventures in Outdoor Science Summer Program.

One Montana Hornet Vinyl Program is a high school class that helps students create vinyl promotional products for the community of White Sulphur Springs, Mont. spearheaded by senior students to get high schoolers interested in entrepreneurship.

Selway Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation is a program in Missoula, Mont. that helps connect community members with wilderness training and expriential learning opportunities in the Selway-Bitterroot and Frank Church River of No Return Wildlife areas.

The Shovel and Spoon is a woman-owned bakery/cafe in Sheridan, Mont. that prepares home cooking with local flavors for Ruby Valley, Mont. residents.

Valler Mercantile, a woman-owned food store in Lincoln, Montana’s mission is to bring healthy foods from local producers to the community to provide new income for local producers and provide healthy living skills through education.

Women Stepping Forward for Ag (WFSA) is an initiative based in Lambert to get women involved in agriculture at every level through education and collaboration.

Source:, Red Ants Pants Foundation


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