STATISTICS SINCE 1985
NUMBER OF GRANTS AWARDED: 1,768 grants
TOTAL FUNDS AWARDED: $7,422,973 million
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2016 GRANT FUNDING STATISTICS
# OF CHALLENGE GRANT APPLICANTS: 126
# OF CHALLENGE GRANTS AWARDED: 68
# OF SARGENT LEGACY GRANTS AWARDED: TBA
# OF TAWNEY OPPORTUNITY GRANTS AWARDED: TBA
# OF SARGENT STEWARDSHIP AWARD DESIGNEES: TBA
2016 CINNABAR GRANTEES
In 1983, Len Sargent incorporated the Cinnabar Foundation, intending it to be an organization-in-waiting, one that his estate would someday endow with the proceeds from the eventual sale of his ranch. Until then, Len figured he would continue donating to his favorite nonprofits on a personal basis. In 1985, the three-person board of directors, Len, Phil Tawney, and Jim Posewitz, met to decide upon the Foundation's first grants. The whole process revolved around three days of elk hunting and an hour or two of Foundation business. In the end, the board made two grants, totaling $1,123.
The next year, Jim remembers how “Len told us that he had put a substantial amount of money into the Foundation since he saw no reason for us to have all the fun after he was gone.” The Cinnabar Foundation’s capacity continues to grow through wise investing and the infusion of donations from many others who share the Sargents' environmental values and understand the need for a Foundation dedicated to supporting conservation in Montana and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
In 2016, the Foundation reviewed 126 applications and awarded $363,000 in competitive matching challenge grants to 68 conservation groups and educational projects focused on Montana and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Specifically, 35 General Operating Grants ($233,000) and 33 Special Project Grants ($130,000) have been awarded.