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OCTOBER 6, 2006
Contact: Lisa Perry, Manager-Community Relations, 406-237-6914
17 Montana Organizations Awarded Grants from PPL Montana’s Community Fund

Continuing its support of Montana communities, PPL Montana is awarding a total of $100,000 to 17 organizations across the state this fall.

The organizations will use the money to address quality-of-life issues related to education, the environment and economic development. PPL Montana will donate another $100,000 through its Community Fund in spring 2007.

“Since we started the fund in 2005, we’ve presented a total of $400,000 to 63 organizations that are helping to improve the quality of life in their communities,” said Lisa Perry, manager of community affairs for PPL Montana. “We are proud to partner with these groups that touch the lives of thousands of Montanans.”

The Community Fund received 110 applications for this fall’s grants.

An 18-member, statewide advisory board, which includes civic and business leaders as well as PPL Montana employees, helps determine how best to distribute the funds.

“There always are difficult decisions to make in determining which of the many worthwhile projects that are submitted will be funded,” Perry said. “I can’t thank our board members enough for the many hours they have spent evaluating the projects and carefully considering each decision.”

This fall’s PPL Montana Community Fund grant recipients are:

  • Alberta Bair Theater for the Performing Arts, Billings, $10,000 — To support the family portion of the theater’s Arts Education School Performances, which presents five programs for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
  • Butte Family YMCA, Butte, $5,000 — To provide a fenced, landscaped area that can be used for outdoor activities and prevent soil erosion in a currently barren area of the grounds around the newly built YMCA.
  • Colstrip Ambulance Service, Colstrip, $6,000 — To provide standardized training for the 12 volunteer emergency medical technicians who serve the Colstrip area.
  • Community Giving Assistance towards Employment, Glendive, $7,000 — To repair the Prairie Development Center, which houses the Food-to-Table agricultural marketing cooperative.
  • Conrad Mansion Museum, Kalispell, $5,000 — To upgrade the electrical system in the Conrad Mansion, a Kalispell landmark and tourist attraction.
  • First Baptist Church Community Parking, Thompson Falls, $7,350 — To pave a parking lot that provides needed public parking for the main business district of Thompson Falls.
  • Habitat for Humanity Mid-Yellowstone Valley, Billings, $3,500 — To provide improvements and personnel training for ReStore, a Habitat-run business that generates income to build houses for low-income families.
  • Friends of Musselshell School, Musselshell, $2,610 — To provide repairs for the former Musselshell School, which serves as a community center for residents.
  • Friends of Wedsworth Memorial Library, Cascade, $8,390 — To increase technological resources available to community residents through the library, which serves a large rural area.
  • Havre Area Chamber of Commerce, Havre, $1,000 — To provide the Havre Leadership High School program, which teaches students the skills necessary to become community leaders and volunteers.
  • Headwaters Trail System, Three Forks, $5,000 — To construct a pedestrian bridge over the Madison River that would enhance access from the trail system to Headwaters State Park.
  • Lewistown Area Chamber of Commerce, Lewistown, $10,000 — To provide maintenance and repairs for the Charlie Russell Chew-Choo Dinner Train, which attracts tourists year-round to Lewistown.
  • Montana Conservation Corps, Bozeman, $10,000 — To support ReCorps, a summer program that engages young teens in challenging conservation and community service projects.
  • Rimrock Opera Company, Billings, $3,000 — To support performances of an anti-tobacco program, “The Night Harry Stopped Smoking,” at area schools.
  • Snowy Mountain Development Corp., Lewistown, $5,000 — To assist in restoring the Utica Community Center in Utica, providing a focal point for events in the small rural community.
  • The Writer’s Voice of Billings Family YMCA, Billings, $7,150 — To support “Poets on the Prairie,” an arts education and literacy program for rural students.
  • Yellowstone Park Foundation, Bozeman, $4,000 — To provide scholarships to enable students to attend “Expedition: Yellowstone!” — a program that introduces elementary and middle school students to Yellowstone’s natural and cultural resources.

PPL has 500 employees in Montana who generate and sell electricity. PPL Montana operates coal-fired power plants at Colstrip and Billings, as well as 11 hydroelectric power plants along Rosebud Creek and the Missouri, Madison, Clark Fork and Flathead rivers. It has a combined generating capacity of about 1,200 megawatts and has offices in Billings, Butte and Helena. PPL EnergyPlus operates a trading floor in Butte that markets and sells power in the wholesale and retail energy market. PPL Montana and PPL EnergyPlus are subsidiaries of PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL).