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JUNE 6, 2011
Contact: Lisa Perry, Manager-Community Relations, 406-237-6914
PPL Montana Community Fund announces $100,000 in grants

Program has awarded $1.3 million to more than 200 organizations in the last six years to support education, jobs and the environment

PPL Montana’s Community Fund is awarding grants to 12 nonprofit community organizations across the state this spring, bringing the total amount of company support to $1.3 million in the past six years.

“As a company that employs more than 500 Montanans, we know that our Community Fund grants make our state a better place to live and work,” said Lisa Perry, manager of Community Affairs for PPL Montana. “When we give money to community groups, we’re providing direct benefits to people — people we know — in towns across Montana.”

Through the grant program, PPL Montana has helped more than 200 organizations since its inception that share the company’s commitment to education, environmental responsibility and economic development.

“Grants this spring will provide funds for a wide range of programs and initiatives, including an after-school art program, outdoor recreation improvements and a business education program for students,” Perry said.

“Since 2005, PPL Montana’s Community Fund has strengthened the company’s partnerships with communities from Wibaux to Libby and Ennis to Glasgow,” Perry said. “It’s our way of saying thanks and making a difference in our home state.”

Twice a year, the PPL Montana Community Fund Advisory Board awards $100,000 in grants to schools and nonprofit organizations for programs that address quality-of-life issues. The grants range from $1,000 to $10,000 each. The fund’s advisory board is made up of 18 people from the company and community who review grant applications from across the state. Individuals serve two years on the board.

The spring 2011 PPL Montana Community Fund grant recipients are:

  • Broadwater High School, Townsend, $5,900 — to establish a program to collect and raise insects to control weeds and reduce chemical spraying.
  • Butte Science Mine, Butte, $10,000 — to build four electricity-themed exhibits at the Science Mine, a new educational organization in historic uptown Butte.
  • Clark Fork Valley Elks Lodge, Thompson Falls, $10,000 — to back a community effort to renovate the Little League baseball field, including installing underground sprinklers, replacing the dugouts, repairing the batting cages and concession stand, and providing handicap access.
  • Friendship House, Billings, $10,000 — to host seven students over the course of the school year at this after-school faith-based program started in 1957.
  • Montana Conservation Corp., Bozeman, $10,000 — to develop a network of hiking trails throughout the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation with the help of youth from the tribe.
  • Montana High School Business Challenge, Helena, $5,000 — to help fund a growing eight-week business education program supported by the state Chamber of Commerce and attended by 1,600 students who learn about management, marketing, inventory and cash flow.
  • National Center for Appropriate Technology, Butte, $5,000 — to help the center work with low-income neighborhoods and assist communities in adopting energy conservation practices and energy-efficient technologies.
  • Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls, $10,000 — to fund artist/teacher instruction and supplies for the museum’s after-school art program for children in Grades K-12.
  • Raising Our Community Kids Safely, Miles City, $10,000 — to update the facility’s housekeeping and provide vehicle maintenance in support of its after-school and summer program for low-income children.
  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Lewistown, $9,700 — to restore and enhance forests, meadows, river areas and aspen in the Judith-Moccasin Landscape. In cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management, the project will include planting seeds, trees and shrubs.
  • Sanders Community Hall, Hysham, $3,832 — to cover the cost of replacing wood shake shingles on the gables of the 1910 hall that were damaged by hail and woodpeckers. The hall serves as a community center for Hysham.
  • Women’s and Family Shelter, Billings, $10,000 — to support the position of Children’s Program Supervisor and help assist children living in the shelter to overcome problems common among the homeless such as anxiety, poor play skills and limited access to books. About 50 children stay at the shelter on any given day. 

PPL Montana provides safe, reliable energy from coal-fired power plants at Colstrip and Billings, as well as 11 hydroelectric plants along West Rosebud Creek and the Missouri, Madison, Clark Fork and Flathead rivers. It has a combined generating capacity of more than 1,200 megawatts and has offices in Billings, Butte and Helena. PPL Montana and its 500 employees are dedicated to Montana and its communities, supporting educational, environmental and economic development programs across the state. PPL EnergyPlus operates a trading floor in Butte that markets and sells power for PPL Montana in wholesale and retail energy markets throughout the western United States. PPL Montana and PPL EnergyPlus are subsidiaries of PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL).