HELENA – The MTN Montana Wildfire Relief Fund has raised nearly $600,000.

The fund is a partnership between the Montana Television Network and the Montana Community Foundation. The goal of the fund is to help those most affected by this summer’s devastating wildfires.

On Friday, the Montana Community Foundation said it is gearing up to disburse the money to rural fire departments and other community groups that were most impacted by the wildfires. Many of the requests are from rural fire departments asking for basic firefighting necessities.

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During round two of the grant phase aimed at charities and other organizations, the Community Foundation received 18 applications. Of those applicants, 17 were selected for grants.

Jessica Stewart-Kuntz, Director of Operations and Grants for the Montana Community Foundation, said donations are still coming in. On Thursday, they received a 1,000 dollar donation and in total have received over 1,500 donations.

“We have a bell that we ring in our office every time we get a donation because staff are really excited about how Montana showed up. We’re really hoping that we can reach that 600,000 dollar mark. We’re so close. I mean, only 3,000 dollars [away],” Stewart-Kuntz said.

Stewart-Kuntz said the foundation will begin distributing the money in the next couple weeks and hope to have all the money delivered within the next month or two.

GIVE BY MAIL: Make your check payable to the Montana Community Foundation and write “Montana Wildfire Relief Fund” in the memo line.

Mail to: MTN Wildfire Relief Fund, Montana Community Foundation, PO Box 1145, Helena, MT 59624-1145.

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