Matthew Hansen Endowment

Matthew Hansen

Matthew Hansen Endowment
Application Deadline April 1, 2020

The Matthew Hansen Endowment was established in 1984 as a memorial to Matthew and his ideals. This Endowment grants awards to students and independent scholars for projects that explore Montana’s land and people through historical research, wilderness studies, and creative writing - whose work promotes the protection, enhancement, & understanding of wilderness values or the wilderness resource in Montana. We hope, as Matthew did, that projects awarded under this fund will encourage mindful stewardship of the land, both wild and cultivated, and contribute to the preservation of Montana's cultural heritage. The Endowment encourages proposals from anyone interested in furthering this goal. 

Submission Guidelines: Please Read Carefully!

Projects must focus on historical research, creative writing, wilderness studies, or any combination thereof. The committee recommends projects that can be completed in one year. The committee will consider the originality, feasibility, and relevancy to Montana's natural and cultural heritage. Priority will be given to original projects, however, if you are applying as part of your graduate work, for example, your application will be considered if it is tailored specifically to the guidelines of this endowment.  Also note that a higher priority will be placed on a proposal that prioritizes costs that are directly tied to the project. Projects that include indirect expenses such as room, board, child care, etc., will still be considered if the explanation of costs is clearly specified. Award amounts range from $500 to $2500. 

To be considered for funding, you must include a professional packet that contains the following:

  1. A one-two page proposal describing the project, how your idea originated, what you hope to accomplish, how the project is related to Montana’s heritage, and whom your project will benefit.
  2. detailed budget and timeline and a brief personal resume that describes your qualifications.
  3. cover page that includes your name, contact information, project title, and the total budget amount requested.
  4. A representative sample of previous work.

Proposals Due April 1, 2020 - Click Here for Online Submission

For more information, contact:
Joanna Campbell
Director of Education Programs
Wilderness Institute - University of Montana
(406) 243-6956

2019 Recipients 

Slow Goodbye: The Disappearance of Western Redcedar from the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness – Conrad Scheid

Not Guilty: How a 1921 homicide trial in Anaconda, Montana helps us understand what it means to be an American – Gabriel Furshong

Pityophthorus and its Symbiotic Fungi – Morgan Wilson

Bob Marshall’s “The Problem of Wilderness” at 90 – Nate Van Yperen

Funded Projects 1985-2019

To contribute funds to the Endowment please contact:

Montana Community Foundation
Matthew Hansen Endowment
P.O. Box 1145
Helena, MT 59624

406-443-8313; email: