Grants

Morningstar Learning Center regularly seeks out grant awards to supplement our Family Assistance Scholarship Program, Tuition Reduction Programstaff professional development, and curriculum resources and materials, among other things.  It is because of these grant awards and private donations that MLC can offer its services to our community at the lowest possible cost.  See below for updated information on grant awards.

Fall 2020 Grant Updates

  • November 2020: The Big Sky Relief Fund, comprised of local community foundations and other partners, has awarded Morningstar Learning Center with a grant to remediate the negative financial and operational impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and the systemic problems it has experienced along with other childcare facilities in Montana. This grant will be applied to hiring effective administrators and qualified staff in order to fill classrooms to capacity and develop components for long-term program goals and sustainability. We are overwhelmed by the generous support of the Big Sky Relief Fund. Thank you!
  • November 2020: MLC has been the recipient of a $12,000 grant from the Spanish Peaks Community Foundation that was written for Family Assistance Scholarships. This grant will be applied to the Morningstar Scholarship Fund and will be used to supplement costs associated with enrollment. 
  • November 2020: Morningstar Learning Center has been the recipient of a $84,510 grant from Big Sky Resort Tax to go towards our Tuition Reduction Program.  This grant will run from December 2020 – June 2020.  Any locally employed family qualifies for a $13/day/child tuition discount from Big Sky Resort Tax. 

In a recent survey of MLC families, over 80% of respondents stated tuition was affordable because of the Tuition Reduction Program and Family Assistance Scholarships. Thank you Spanish Peaks Community Foundation and Big Sky Resort Tax for supporting Big Sky’s families!

Summer 2020 Grant Updates

  • June 2020: MLC has been the recipient of a $1,500 grant from the Moonlight Community Foundation that was written for our Playground Safety project. This grant will be applied to project costs for building a ramp to the Infant Playground. We are so grateful for the continued support of MCF for our students!
  • June 2020: Morningstar Learning Center has been the recipient of a $72,800 grant from Big Sky Resort Tax to go towards our Tuition Reduction Program.  This grant will run from July 2020 – December 2020.  Any locally employed family qualifies for a $13/day/child tuition discount from Big Sky Resort Tax. We are grateful for the ongoing financial support from Big Sky Resort Tax that directly impacts our local families. This grant is critical to achieving our mission of providing state-licensed, affordable childcare for the children and families of Big Sky.

Fall 2019 Grant Updates

  • September 2019: MLC has been the recipient of a $1,500 donation from the Buck and Helen Knight Foundation.  This donation will go towards our Family Assistance Program as well as our Staff Professional Development Fund.  We are so grateful for their generosity and support!
  • November 2019: MLC has been the recipient of a $13,500 grant from Spanish Peaks Community Foundation that was written specifically for our Family Assistance Scholarship Program! We are incredibly thankful for the continued support of SPCF as this grant brings their total contributions to the Family Assistance Program to over $58,000 in the past two years!
  • November 2019: MLC has been the recipient of a $9,000 grant from Yellowstone Club Community Foundation that was written specifically for our Staff Professional Development Fund. We are so grateful for the continued support of YCCF for our teachers!
  • November 2019: MLC has been the recipient of a $2,240 grant from Moonlight Community Foundation that was written specifically for classroom technology.  We are so grateful their generosity and for the continued support!